Guest Post By: Brent Widman
I was speaking at an event the other day and asked, “How many of you set goals?” Of the 25 people there I saw about 4 hands go up. I then asked, “How many of you take time at the beginning of the day, week, month or year to set goals?” “How many of you tell people about those goals? Do you post your goals and do others know what they are?”
I didn’t see one single hand go up. I thought to myself, here we go!
The reason I tell you this is because it can be the one single thing that helps drive your business. When you know what your goals are each and every day, when we review these goals each day, you realize what you need to do to get there.
Here’s where we start:
- Write down your goals. It can be 1, it can be 10. I don’t care; write them down.
- Post them somewhere. On your wall, your fridge, in your office, on your door, as a screen saver, on your phone. Post them everywhere.
- Tell people about them. The reason you don’t is because you don’t want to be held accountable. The reason you will is because you want to be held accountable!
- Take the time to do it. Take 10 minutes. You can take 10 minutes per day. The first day is to write them, after the take that 10 minutes to review them. It’s worth it.
- Know the activity you need to do to hit them. Set a time period you want them done by. You can control your activity every day.
Goal setting is one of the easiest and toughest things you can do. It’s easy because we can write down whatever we want to. Goal setting is about conviction. If you are truly convicted in what you want to do, what you want to hit, you will go out and do whatever you can to make that happen. The tough part, you now have that hanging over your head! You have now told people. YES! Now we are talking. Now you have to do everything it takes to hit those things. Go get it!
There are three things that will factor into your goal setting, how you stick to it, and why you do it.
- You can control this every day. Have that Positive Mental Attitude! Enjoy it, this is supposed to be fun. Not overwhelming.
- This is Physical, Mental, Social, Family, Career. All those things that go into life. Enjoy it all and be grounded. Do it for the right reasons.
- Get a coach, mentor, tell people. Have someone hold you accountable to your goals. Without that, you are just floating.
Now, take all of this and set them bigger. Those goals that when you tell people it makes you a little uncomfortable. It makes them think how the heck are you going to accomplish all of that. Don’t listen to naysayers. When you want it, you will do it.
Brent Widman has over 10 years experience in all aspects of sales. He is a professional sales coach at Southwestern Consulting. Brent has expertise in lead generation, prospecting, selling to top execs and the art of follow up. He has worked with numerous individuals to improve their sales processes, day to day interaction and ultimately them as a person. He is a former division director, sales director and district manager for distinguished sales teams in the recruiting, fitness and communications world.