Goal Setting Tips for 2015

Today I listened to The School Of Greatness podcast on goal setting. It's titled "The Secret to Successful Goal Setting." Here is the synopsis: "Interested in learning how to build a life and business around doing what you love? So am I. Let’s connect. If you haven’t gotten pumped about next year yet, today’s episode of The School of Greatness is going to change that.

I am a BIG believer in goals.

And if you’ve been listening to the podcast lately, you know I’ve been on a goal-setting kick (and talking about it). So I wanted to interview an expert on goals and how to best achieve them. There’s no better person than today’s guest, Michael Hyatt. I met Michael a few years back at an Inc. mastermind and have been following him ever since. Not only is he one of the nicest, most graceful and open-hearted guys I know, he is an extremely successful blogger and coach who has a massive following (and at least one NYT best-seller). What I really loved about our interview, however, was when we started talking about the why behind our goals.

Michael was gracious enough to open up about his own struggles with finding the right balance between drive and happiness. We discuss his marriage, his difficult upbringing, and how he is still learning to balance success with family life."

Check it out on iTunes.

It was the perfect time to listen to it considering that the New Year is a great time to revisit goals and set new goals.

I learned a bunch about goals. Here are some of the things that really enlightened me:

1. Revisit your past before you start looking into the future. You need to feel at peace with your past. Whether there were mistakes made or experiences that happened to you that shaped your decisions, you need to come to terms with it or else you will continue to compensate for your past.

2. We all fear success. We get uncomfortable about it. We don't know if we will reach our potential. But that's okay. Learn to love discomfort.

3. You can't be successful in business if you are not successful at life. Focus on setting goals that are more well-rounded. Workaholics have a difficult personal life. Balance is everything.

4. You must learn to delegate tasks. Not all your goals can be completed by you.

5. Set goals that are compelling. Don't sit safe with your goals. Set huge goals and share them with others. If it is compelling enough, others will help you get there!

6. Goals must be quantifiable!!!! It's great that you want to change the world but how many people will it take to change the world? How many acts of kindness? What will you do and what's the number?

7. Get clear on the what before you figure out the how. Vision will help you figure out the right strategy. You must have a big vision that you can't finance, that you can't achieve currently and the vision will attract strategy.

8. Write your goals down. It helps you put your intention out to the world. Put your goals down on paper to reach the clarity to help you achieve the goal. Frame it, post it in a visible location, make it look like a real award, as if it already happened.

9. Gratitude is important aspect of goal setting. You must be thankful with what you have in order to be trusted with more. Goal setting that comes from a place of scarcity is not as valuable as operating out of abundance. People can smell that you are desperate and they can also tell when you are grateful.