Archive for April 2009
Why are big, hairy goals better than SMART ones?
If you have ever set goals, you were probably advised to set SMART ones:
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed.
In other words, mediocre, run of the mill and not too challenging!
David Hyner , has interviewed some of the top achievers in the world.
David learned that people who achieve extraordinary things are generally quite ordinary people. The thing they have in common and to which most of them attribute their success is that they set outrageous, massive, audacious or, in David’s words ‘big hairy’ goals.
If you are completely and utterly contented with your life, you probably don’t want to bother reading any further but if there are things you want to achieve, this, according to David, is how to follow in the steps of other great achievers:
1. Set a BIG Goal.
It should excite you, scare you and you probably have no idea how you’re going to achieve it. Don’t allow anyone else (including the voices in your head) determine what you are capable of. You decide!
2. Decide WHY you want to achieve it.
Your ‘why’ must be bigger than your fears. It is what will keep you going when things get tough and you say “Why am I doing this?”
3. Find out what you don’t know.
Join a Mastermind Group of people who have different skill sets, experience and expertise. Ask them for ideas. Study people who’ve done what you want to do. Use your group for support and ask them to help you to keep on track.
4. Decide what you ‘must’ do.
Prioritise a list of actions that you must take to achieve your goal. Follow it with a list of ‘maybe do’ tasks.
5. Draw a pyramid on a large sheet of paper.
Divide it into twice as many blocks as tasks that you have on your ‘to do’ list. Write the most important actions in the bottom blocks and continue upward until the least important are about half way up. The remaining blocks are for the ‘not thought of’ tasks.
6. Take action.
In your diary set aside time every day to do something that will take you closer to achieving your goal. Cross off the blocks on your pyramid and watch what happens as you complete the bottom two layers. Suddenly things will start to happen without so much effort from you and you’ll find the rest of the tasks much easier to complete.
If your ‘why’ is big enough you will never give up, no matter how many obstacles you encounter. If you find you are not taking action it is because your goal simply doesn’t excite you enough so let it go. Its not supposed to be another stick to beat yourself up with.
To whom are you accountable?
If you work on your own, who is to know if nothing on your ‘to do’ list gets done? You can procrastinate for as long as you like and no-one but you will be any the wiser.
Most business owners who talk about time management don’t really need help in managing their time. They need someone to hold them to account for the results (or lack of) that they say they want to achieve in a certain time.
The thing that makes the biggest impact in our Inspired MasterMind Groups is that members are accountable to
each other for their actions.
If you are not a member of an Inspired MasterMind Group, appoint yourself an official ‘nag’. Make it someone who has no axe to grind, no hidden agenda and just wants to see you succeed. Ask them to accept no excuses and make sure you keep on track with what you say you will do.