On the Mats: Do you focus too much on long term goals?
Do you focus too much on long term goals? Well let me go and find out why that could be a concern.
Hi my name is Nathan McDonald and welcome to another excellent On the Mats episode. Guys what we’re going to talk about today is all the ‘wishy-washy’ stuff around goals, and reality is from my point of view, I believe goal setting is very, very important in your business but sometimes we can go overboard, and sometimes we get told that we have to have our goals set for the next five years or ten years. You know what? Who knows where they’re going to be in the next ten years, who knows where they’re going to be in the next five years?
Reality is it’s good to have an understanding of roughly where you want to be, and I mean it’s just rough, it’s like ‘hey I’d like a million dollars in my bank account in five years’ time and leave it at that. Let’s not obsess over it. What you really want to do is break that down and go ‘right, where do I want to be in the next month, or six weeks or the next eight weeks?’ And reality is, what do we need to do to actually get that next six weeks out of the way?
So focus on the next six weeks or the next three months, no more than three months. I still believe three months is too much, let’s look at the next six weeks. Because reality is if you’re focusing on that more than worrying about the car you’re going to drive in say in five years’ time then you’re going to get a lot more done.
So reality is it’s all about taking those small little steps. What is it over the next six weeks and what do you want to achieve over the next six weeks? Ultimately those steps will get you to your long term. Because raise your hand up now if you’ve all of a sudden had this idea that you wanted to be somewhere in five years’ time, you started doing something and then realized you didn’t want to be there. And imagine you’d spent all this time and energy and focus on working out where you want to be in five years and all of a sudden it’s changed. You’ve just wasted all of that.
So guys, very, very simple, I would actually choose one major goal for the next six weeks, plan it out week by week and then go and get it. And that’s exactly what we do at martial arts right, we’ve got to get our white belt for instance, right here is the plan, these are the steps or the techniques that you need to do to satisfy the white belt syllabus and six to eight weeks you’re now off it. And once you get used to that, great, it’s now orange belt. So orange belt is now going to take you probably a bit longer, it might take four months but you’re used to actually planning and focusing and then all of a sudden you go to yellow belt.
And this is what business is all about guys, you should have that step by step plan of those very, very short term goals. Not focus on a years’ time or two years’ time, it’s great to have but reality is it’s all about what you want to achieve in the next six weeks, next twelve weeks that will actually get you a lot further than those big flashy goals.
So guys, that’s another On the Mats episode for me, go and set those little goals and if you’ve got any comments please add them below. Also if you’ve got some really good goals add them below so people can see them and share where you’re at in business and what you’re trying to achieve because I’m sure there’s people out there that can help.
My name is Nathan McDonald, I’m an Aussie, my passion is business and my message is global. Have fun, bye for now.