“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore….. they had better aim at something high.” Henry David Thoreau
BHAG’s. What is a BHAG? A BHAG is a Big Hairy Audacious Goal. As Donald Trump said, “If you are going to think anyway, think big.” So this weeks article is about how to set and achieve your goals.
It has been proved in research studies, that less than 5% of people set goals. So it’s not surprising that less than 5% of people are successful. The hardest part is actually doing or following through what you know you must do.
1. Set goals in three levels. Then, as you achieve each level, give yourself a reward.
- Historic to present activity – easy success
- Realistic – possible, with a stretch
- Dream – hairy, audacious goal, so big you wonder if it’s possible, but the idea fires you up!
2. Be clear and succinct as vagary confuses. Our built-in goal-seeking mechanism must have clear instructions, e.g. Not: “One day I’ll write a book, if I can find the time” Instead: “I am learning to a be best-selling author. I make time every week to work on my writing” a succinct and precise instruction.
3. Think and speak your goals in the present tense; it’s your sub-conscious you’re convincing.
“Lists, lists, more lists! Nothing works as well as having a large pad with “things to do” crossed off. The real productivity comes from sitting down and going through the thought process that generates the lists in the first place. When you’re really under pressure, you end up with lists of lists!”
If you’re like most people you set long-term goals for yourself at the beginning of each year which is easy. But the real challenge comes when you try to convert those goals into results. The best way for a person to achieve their goals is to break them into the smallest denominator, e.g.:
- Monthly Goals – Break your annual goals into monthly goals
- Weekly Goals – Break your monthly goals into weekly goals
- Daily Goals – Break your weekly goals into daily goals
- Hourly Goals – Break your daily goals into hourly goals
Now ask: What do I need to be doing at every moment of the day to be accomplishing my goals?
1. Make the decision that you desire to achieve the goal
2. Believe that you can achieve the goal
3. Write your goal on paper
4. Be honest with yourself
5. Analyse your present situation
6. Use deadlines
7. Identify rocks that stand in your way
8. Identify skills you will need
9. Identify those people from whom you will need co-operation
10. Make a complete business plan
11. Visualise, emotionalise, affirm
12. Determine to back your plan with patience and persistence
A most important technique to use to achieve goals is visualisation … or BE, DO, HAVE.
I have to BE the person that will achieve my goals in my head before I can DO the things necessary to achieve them and then I will HAVE my goals delivered to me.
Using dream charts and other visualisation and meditation material, you can idealise what you want, and visualise yourself having what you want. Then you continually verbalise your wishes as if you already have them until you actually achieve the goal.
“There was a turning point in your life when it all made sense, when you saw what you had to do, maybe take a risk, but you did it.”
Failure to Plan, is Planning to Fail