Author: Mark Combs Inspirationalist / Motivational Speaker / Aflac Acct Mgr
How many of us set goals for ourselves at the beginning of a new year? Answer: We ALL did. It’s the natural thing to do for most of us at the onset of a new year.
Now, a more important set of questions: Do you remember what those goals were? Did you reach them? Do you remember what steps you took that led to success (or failure)?
The Four Elements of Productive Goal Setting:
The next time you find yourself in a place that sells lottery tickets, invest a dollar. A computer generated set of any six numbers will do, because none of the numbers need to be present in the next drawing for “this ticket” to be your winner.
Now display the ticket in a place where you can see it daily, along with these four basis principles.
Elements of a Productive Goal:
1. For any goal to be a productive goal, it must be clearly defined
- The clearly defined goal in this case is to “Win the lottery”
- Whether your goal is personal, business related, self-directed or imposed by a higher authority, it must be clearly defined.
- How else will you know you’re moving in the right direction? How else will you know if you’re moving in any direction at all?
2. Your plan of action must be simple to execute and monitor
- In this case, the plan of action is to “Purchase a ticket”
- You must put together a clearly defined game plan if you are serious about reaching your clearly defined goal
- People who “fly by the seat of their pants” usually fly in circles more often than necessary.
- What football team takes the field on game day without a game plan?
- Would a builder start construction on a new house without blueprints in hand?
- What retailer hopes to spark continuous sales growth without an advertising campaign?
3. Your plan must include a predetermined investment
- In this case, our investment is $1
- The risk involved should never overshadow the anticipated reward of success.
- Don’t be so driven to succeed that you fail to put preset boundaries in place. My mother used to use the phrase, “cut off your nose to spite your face”
- None of us “plans to fail” but sometimes we overlook the need to count the cost (money, time, effort, sacrifice) of what it will take for us to fully reach our goal.
- You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “Spend a dollar to make a dollar” If that’s your current line of thinking, then you should put that dollar back in your pocket and search for a better return on your investment.
- The cost of investment should never outweigh the benefits of success.
4. Success should always naturally lead to a secondary goal
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
You know you’ve thought about it at least some and some people I know actually have a set of clearly thought out plans in place. Not a bad idea, actually.
- Does achieving your clearly defined goal from step one include a natural progression to another clearly defined goal?
- It should! And if it does, success won’t be a surprise, it will become an expected part of your day.
Oh, and if that lottery ticket does happen to have the right sequence of numbers, feel free to cash it in and buy another one to pin to the wall.