Step 3: Identify the potential Success Blockers.
You can count on obstacles. You’d better count on them! Anything worthwhile in life will have a cost, a price to pay and hurdles to conquer. Successful goal setters identify those potential problems first before they encounter them. This puts them in a much stronger position to overcome them.
Last year I set a goal to lose 25 lbs.. I considered the Success- Blockers; the obstacles that would attempt to block my achieving the goal. For me, the obstacles to that goal are that I hate exercise and love food. I travel a lot and spend time in fine hotels. I’m not the type of person who can travel on a plane all night; get to my hotel room at midnight, and order a salad from room service. This is even more difficult when there is prime rib and cheese cake on the same menu.
That was a potential obstacle for me. Considering this ahead of time allowed me to plan how to handle the obstacle when faced with it. It didn’t always work! I’m a sucker for cheese cake!
Step 4: Write out a list of skills you will need to develop to achieve the goal.
If you set a goal to sail around the world you might have to develop some navigational skills. It probably would help. If you want to write a book you may need to develop grammatical skills. What this key does is force you to consider ahead of time the tools you will need to see your dreams come true. Make a list
Step 5: Identify the resources you will need.
Chances are you will require the assistance of certain people to see your dreams fulfilled. Who are they? How should you approach them? What should you ask them? Is there an association or fellowship you could join? Some goals require the assistance of professional helpers.
Countless thousands have stopped the booze battle with the help of the world-renowned Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step Program. Step #5 drives us to identify the people, places, organizations and resources necessary to accomplish great things in life. I found there is so much help available for those who stop long enough to consider, shut-up long enough to hear, and humble themselves enough to ask.
When I first began in this industry, many of the “big guns” in the speaking/training business have freely given of their time to help me. They are delighted to help someone who has the courage to seek assistance and puts into practice the advice given.
Step 6: List what benefits this goal will bring.
Every goal has a price and requires a certain degree of sacrifice and hard work. When you list the benefits of the goal you stay motivated to stick at it. The question to ask is, “What’s in it for me?” I went to Bermuda four times in 1988 to train sales people for a bank.
When I set my 1989 goals, doing more training in Bermuda was high on the list. I cut out pictures of the hotel I stayed at in Hamilton by the harbor. It was such a quiet, and lovely resort.
We were right on the water, and could see the cruise lines come in. The smell of the sea air, the warm sunshine, the colorful trees and flowers in that picture got me excited.
I put it right on my computer. Every time I would wonder if I should be working so hard, I would see the hotel and I was mentally transported back to Bermuda and kept on working toward the goal.
This key is an important one. Be sure to list the benefits and consider the emotional advantages. What’s in it for me? How will I feel if I accomplish this goal? How will it affect my self-esteem? How will my mind be affected when I reach this goal? Get feelings in the picture. Contemplate the emotional benefits to the goal.