In previous posts, we discussed what goals are, how to define them, and some methods to determine your likelihood of success. There are numerous techniques online to help you establish your goals, and we all have our individual preferences which are a combination of a few “systems”. This article will hopefully help you to expand the concept of separating goals into different divisions. Establishing success targets that aren’t only linked to our income and business has proven to be a game changer in our lives.

This concept was first presented to me by a colleague that loves to use the “6-Ps” formula from the Master’s Circle. This system breaks goal setting into six different areas demonstrating a more comprehensive approach for attaining success. The sections are:

  • Purpose – who you are and what you plan to accomplish
  • Personal – self-improvement
  • Professional – business and career
  • People – relationships
  • Prosperity – income and financials
  • Play – fun and relaxation

If you already distinguish your goals by category, you are ahead of many others and well on your way to achievement. Actually, by just having written, defined goals you are ahead of 97% of the population.

This is a good system to get you started. Motivational speaker Zig Zigler breaks his goals into 7 types. They overlap the sections of the “6-Ps” to an extent, but they have a somewhat different feel. He recommends using the categories: Physical, Financial, Spiritual, Career, Family, Mental, and Social.

It doesn’t matter which grouping you choose to use. What matters is that you identify your goals and clearly define them. Once you do that, you know where you are headed, and knowing your goals makes it easier to prioritize the tasks you should be doing while avoid the ones you shouldn’t be.

We use the acronym SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) when we evaluate our goals. This technique helps to further detail them, but there are few more things to consider to make them a reality. The good news is the hard part was in setting the goals, and it should get easier from here to develop the action plan.

Objectively look at where you are now compared to where you want to be. What steps do you need to take to get there? Outline each stage you will need to complete to get to the next level. This framework will become your blueprint for success.

Consider what skills and resources are needed at each stage and how you will acquire them? Many businesses limit their success by trying to do everything themselves when they can save time and money by utilizing outside vendors. These companies already specialize in what you are trying to learn. It can be advantageous and faster to utilize their expertise.

In addition to considering what vendors you might use, think about if there are specific people that can help you? We highly recommend having a mentor that has already accomplished similar goals to the ones you have set out to reach. There are other relationships to take into account as well. Perhaps someone can introduce you to a key team member, and industry expert, or maybe you could use some regular motivation and accountability. You limit yourself by trying to go at it alone when there are so many people that are willing to give you support along the way.

The last area to consider is anticipating what obstacles you are likely to encounter. Lucky for you, there are no shortages of opinions in the world. Frequently, the opinions of others can hold you back, but not this time. You actually want to encourage the negative feedback. (Yes, you read that right.) We know we tell you all the time to ignore the haters, and tune-out the negativity. This time is different, but you must make sure you don’t take it to heart. Think of it more as market research.

We want you to find the critics. We are talking about the person that tells you how they tried the same thing but failed and the one that always tells you why something can’t be done. These conversations can be a downer and drain your energy. Don’t spend a lot of time with them, and definitely don’t take their comments to heart. You want to approach this exercise like a detective looking for clues. They will readily tell you what could go wrong. Simply consider those things as part of your plan to allow you to anticipate obstacles for you to overcome IF they occur.

Unfortunately, most people will not go through the effort of setting goals. It takes a lot of work, commitment, and discipline to work towards achieving them. It also requires personal responsibility and accountability which is scary for so many. This is an individual choice, but we highly recommend living life to its fullest and becoming the best version of yourself by doing so.

“Set goals not for the outcome itself, but for who you get to become in the process”

– Jim Rohn