There is a common factor in the success achieved by those who are successful. What is that common factor? It’s that they’ve done the necessary preparation for success. They understand the six P’s - proper preparation prevents pretty poor performance. They know that:
Luck is when preparation meets opportunity!
And it doesn’t matter what business you are in, what role you have, where you are on the ladder of success or whether it’s your personal or business life there is always opportunity available. The problem for most people is that they never bother to do the preparation.
And what does that preparation consist of?
Simply setting your goals, in other words knowing where you are going, how you are going to get there and when you’ll arrive. Goals are dreams with dates on that turn them into concrete meaningful, attainable objectives. The problem with dreams is that they exist only in your mind and you can change them as easily as you change your mind. Because most dreams start with the word “someday” they are a mirage like island called “Someday Isle” - that never appears.
So, no matter what your talents, skills or station in life is right now, why not decide to get on the success express and set some realistic, achievable goals. To do this, you need to ask yourself 3 questions.
- Where am I now?
- Where would like to be?
- How am I going to get there?
It’s important, if you have a life partner, to do this goal setting with them otherwise you might find that your goals are inconsistent with theirs and therefore you’ll have little chance of achieving anything that makes both of you happy.
When setting goals it is important to set them for both your personal life and your business life because you cannot be happy in one and unhappy in the other. If you are to enjoy a balanced, fruitful and rewarding life then all aspects need to be in synchronicity.
Unless the goals are linked aim to set no more than 5 or 6 key goals for yourself, perhaps 3 business and 3 personal; I don’t recommend that you set lots of goals because good time management teaches that it is difficult to manage any more than 5 extra tasks at one time. It is far better to set fewer goals and, as you achieve them, devise new ones to replace them.