Goal setting is super simple, isn’t it?
Decide what you want, declare it to yourself (or perhaps your coach, or community) and then start taking inspired action. Your focused, consistent action then effortlessly leads to the outcome you were seeking, in the exact way you wanted it- every time.
Oh wait, that isn’t what always happens? 😉
Although goal setting is deceptively simple, realizing the things you say you want can be a road paved in speed bumps and pitfalls, especially when your livelihood, creativity, and your very own business “baby” are on the line!
That’s why I’m sharing 3 unconventional, less-often discussed, but really important things you can do to fly toward any business goal, with ease.
Unconventional Tip #1:
Stay focused on the big picture; surrender control of the details
Chances are, you get this one backwards sometimes. When you fixate on the details or the smaller actions associated with what you want, instead of remembering the big picture of what you want and why you want it, you can lose sight of where you were headed in the first place.
Are you (and your team) focused on the big picture on a daily and weekly basis? Are you even clear about what that “big picture” really is.
Here’s an example of what the big picture over the next 3-6 months could be for you:
- Get my first paying clients, serving them in way that allows me to do my best work, while covering my base business expenses
- $10k/month consistently through a mixture of coaching and speaking, or work that similarly makes me feel creatively alive
- Complete a beta test of a info product with 20 paying participants, to propel my business to the next level and to create raving fans who give referrals
What’s your big picture vision of your goals?
Unconventional Tip #2:
Be open to “it” showing up in expected and unexpected ways
When you have “it,” the vision and your “why” behind it, will likely spark excitement…and potentially even nervousness. You know the kind of nervousness that comes up when you decide you want to live a life that really matters, even or especially if that means testing your comfort zone.
But here’s the mis-step so many people make. Trying to control exactly how you get to your bigger goal.
Inspired action is a must, but if you try to control exactly the way your vision comes into form, you might be disappointed, and stressed out, to say the least.
So how can harness the power of your big-picture vision, successfully? Be open to all the ways it can show up for you!
I’ll never forget a documentary I saw about the topic of “luck.” A curmudgeonly man was profiled as one of the case studies. Because he adamantly expressed he didn’t believe in “luck,” he would fail to see spontaneous acts of goodness that were right in front of his nose.
Cash placed near his feet? He didn’t see it. An opportunity to win a grand prize by answering only one question (that he would easily know); he wouldn’t play. He didn’t believe in unexpected ways good things could find him, so he literally tuned those good things out.
Conversely, you can take action towards your vision, while staying open to opportunities and good things you may not have even considered. By doing this you practice the art of focus, while being flexible, which can turn you into something of a goal-setting ninja.
“Things always seem to magically work out for you,” you’re friends will say.
That leads us to the third tip.
Unconventional Tip #3:
Practice radical celebration an radical release
Celebrate every good thing that happens that moves you closer to your big vision. Everything!
Not only will you have more fun than you ever in the process of moving toward what you want, but the celebration will train your brain to keep spotting good things and feeling optimistic.
Equally important, if you hit a stumbling block or have a challenge- quickly learn from it, and let it go!
In her famous TED talk on vulnerability, Brene Brown talks about how even in a sea of praise, we can fixate on that ONE person who doesn’t like us, or who is critical.
On your path to reaching your big vision, you could have a not-ideal client that gets in the way, a door that unexpectedly closes, or something else that seems to “snag” your plans.
If you commit to learning from these instances your direction will be renewed and recharged. Not just that, but if you “bless and release” these challenges (instead of obsessing and putting ALL of your focus on them), you’ll remain open to more good to flow in, rather than feeling weighed down or permanently distracted.
Whether you have been in business a long while, or you are at the beginning of your journey, these tips can help you skyrocket toward your goals, and have way more fun celebrating the magic of your ever-evolving business (and life).
So go ahead, become a goal-setting ninja.
And while you’re at it:
Which tip do you LOVE most?
What will you focus on putting into practice, right now?