Aggressive Goal Setting
In 2001 I one day woke up and decided I was going to join Martial Arts. I made an aggressive goal to become a competitive black-belt, lose fifty-pounds, and be great at it all! I did it! I did it well.
In 2006 I one day woke up and decided I was going to become an entrepreneur. I wanted to provide some additional financial support for my family, but with Jake just a baby, I didn’t want to return to Corporate America. I made an aggressive goal to hit substantial clientele and revenue within a 90-day period. I did it! I did it well. I sold it, and moved on.
In 2010 I one day woke up and decided I was going to become a Virtual Assistant (another form of entrepreneurship.) I wanted to give more additional financial support to my family (doing my part, you know) but now with Nick just a baby, and Jake only 3, I did not want to return to Corporate America again. I made an aggressive goal to hit substantial revenue, develop a big business, become well-known within a niche’ industry, and be the best of all! I did it! I’m still doing it well.
In 2012, just a recent Friday ago, I woke up and I decided I was going to become fit again, lose the fifty-pounds I gained from two child births and a 16-hour a day desk job for two years running, and I was going to do it right. I will do it! I have no doubts.
What I learned:
It’s one thing to set a small goal for yourself. That’s a great start! However, if you think bigger, reach higher, and set more aggressive goals, you’ll have to work twice as hard as your competition to meet them. Essentially, you’ll find your competition trying to keep up with you. When you breathe, eat, drink, dream and live your goals, there’s no way you’re going to fail.
3 Steps to Aggressive Goal Setting:
1. Think Specifics
Instead of waking up one day and simply thinking, “I’m going to lose weight.” Think more specific. Think bigger, vision it long-term, be very clear with your process, and very precise with your end goal. You’ll not only have something to measure yourself up to as you progress, you will feel really great about yourself for every little milestone you hit. When you feel good about each milestone, the feeling becomes addictive and you crave more goals, and you work harder and the results come faster and easier.
2. Ride Over the Bumps
You’re going to find some obstacles. Not every road is paved. Be brave! Take that gravely path with a headstrong attitude. Embrace the anxiety during those times, as it will only make the reward that much better! If you steer off path along the way, reroute, brush yourself off, and get going again. If you crash, and need repairs, seek assistance, get answers, find help, repair the dents, and simply move on.
I’m a bit rebellious, no doubt! I thank my rebellious nature as it’s my strongest asset in my journey to success. Don’t let anything stand in your way. If you’re in an industry with standards that don’t meet your goals, or that hold you back, or that hold your industry back; crush them! If someone tells you “you can’t do it,” speak no more about it with them! Become stubborn, work yourself into strong habits, work harder than your competition, research even the smallest things, and fight every inclination that it can’t be done. It can be done!
Now…go get ‘em!