Let’s talk about how to set goals using one simple goal setting tip.
Most entrepreneurs set big, bold goals, right? They get hyped up. They tell their friends. They journal about it.
And then months later… nothing. They’re struck with disappointment as they realize after months of their life, they are no closer to the outcome they desire. Brutal.
Why is that? How come so many people set goals, yet so few actually achieve them?
Let’s talk about ONE THING you can do to set better goals, so you actually achieve them.
Have you ever set a goal that got you so excited, you started telling everybody about it?
You were pumped up, you had vision, you were going to do it, and then a couple of months passed, nothing.
If you are like most people, then that’s happened to you a bunch of times, which is why I want to give you something that you can add to the way you set goals to increase your likelihood of success. Let’s get it.
There’s a reason why some goals are better than others, and what it comes down to is clarity.
When you have clarity around what you need to do to hit your goal, and what success looks like, your mind can start wrapping itself around what it takes to get there.
While clarity in and of itself is this really valuable tool, there’s something that you can add to your goals, to take the clarity that you have and take it to the next level. That thing is called the constraint. Constraints are these limitations that you put around the goal that keep it within the realm of the life and business you want to build. If you set a goal without any constraints, it becomes too abstract, right? It becomes this squishy thing that your mind can’t really wrap itself around. On the flip side, when you have constraints that are strategically and thoughtfully added to a goal, because that’s what you ultimately want, the goal becomes much clearer, how to get there, what success looks like, and what you need to do to achieve it.
For example, a goal with a constraint might be to sign four new clients this month without getting on the phone. You can see the difference, right?
The way most people might set that goal is, “I want to get four new clients,” or they might say, “I want to get four new clients this month.” This month is a constraint, it’s a time constraint.
However, the next level is to add the constraint of without getting on the phone.
You start to think, “Okay, what do I need to do? What are the pieces that I need to put in place so that I can sign four new clients this month without getting on the phone? Do I need to hire a sales team? Do I need to learn how to sell through chat? What are the things that I need to do to accomplish that?”
That’s the power of a constraint.
Let’s say you want to start creating video for your business. You want to start creating marketing videos and you set the goal to create more marketing videos. That’s a good goal, it’s really useful. However, it’s abstract. It’s squishy. What are we actually doing? When are we doing it? So you add the first constraint, which is I’m going to create video per week.
The reason why that is not as concrete as it could be is because a week is a long time. What does the video need to be? How long does it need to take? What you can do is you can add another constraint and say, “I’m going to create one video per week spending three hours of my time.” Now the constraint is you block off three hours on your calendar to make one video and have it done by Sunday night, every week.
You can start to see the constraint and how that works in your favor, because now creatively, you’re thinking, “I’m going to do as much as I can within those three hours to get that video done and the goal is to have it done.” Then your mind starts to get creative of what do I need to do? How do I get better at this? How do I improve on making one video per week, while only spending three hours of my time?
That is true also for the previous example. Then that sets these constraints that A., should line up with what you ultimately want for your life, for your business and B., you’re using constraints to your advantage because you’re tapping into the creativity of your mind to give you more clarity, to give you a clear picture of exactly what you need to do to hit your goal and that is key.
The clearer you are on your goal and how to get there, the higher chances of success you have.
I want to invite you to start using constraints when you set a goal. Start simple, maybe set a goal for this week with a constraint, and you’ll start to see how the likelihood of success, how your ability to hit those goals starts to go up, and then that compounds over time.
Think about what would be possible for you if you could hit your weekly goal every single week over time and how that starts to compound, and you’re going to start to see that you’re moving and building in the direction that you want to be headed, which is what it’s all about. That’s the game.
Go ahead, start adding some constraints to your goals, even on a small scale of every day, every week, and I trust that she’ll see better success because of it.
Go get it.