We all know how to set goals… it’s the attainment that’s hard. Bottom line, it all boils down to paying the price.
Each of us has set many goals – some are easy to reach, many others we fail to make. There are many reasons we may fail to attain some of our goals. We may not have been very specific or detailed about what we wanted, and we may have missed 2 other steps in the goal achievement process.
There’s a simple 3 step process to consistently reaching your goals, as you’ll read below.
Step 1 – Identify Your Goal.
Duh, you say? Yet, you’d be surprised how the lack of specificity impacts your goal on the front end. If you say your goal is to make more money, and leave it at that, then $5 more per week is “making more money”. It’s unlikely that’s what you meant when you stated you wanted to make more money.
Using ‘having your own salon’ as an example, flesh out the details with specifics and include where your salon will be located (inside a salon suites or will it be a more traditional salon nearby), when will you be operating out of your salon (timeframe), will you have others working with you or will you be on your own? (sharing a suite, hiring others or on your own), etc. The more specific you can make your goal, the easier it will be to make it. Decide very specifically what you want, write it down and then on to Step 2.
Step 2 – Identify The Price You’ll Have To Pay.
Now, it doesn’t necessarily mean dollars spent or invested, but it does mean you have to consider what you may need to change or give up in order to attain your goal. Everything has a price, especially goals! In this step, you define the actions required to reach your goal so you understand “the price” or cost it will take.
Back to the salon example – the actions required to have your own salon include establishing and growing a loyal clientele, increasing your average ticket so it’s higher than most. It may mean working more days or hours to save more for cushion. Other actions can include educational classes to perfect your craft. Learning about entrepreneurship, etc. Once you’ve identified each item or action you need to accomplish in order to reach your goal, you have ‘your price’.
Step 3 – Commit To Paying The Price.
You’ve identified the goal in detail, you’ve listed out the items or actions you must complete in order to attain that goal and now, you must look deep inside and decide if you are willing to “pay the price”. This is where the rubber meets the road.
Many get through steps 1 & 2. They know what they want and know what they must do… yet, they still may not reach their goal for they may not be willing to pay the price.
In our previous example, of having your own salon, the willingness or commitment to paying the price will determine if you follow through on your goal. You have to look in the mirror and decide if you’re willing to do what is required. Commit to leaving behind your comfort zone and dear co-workers, commit to being in charge, controlling all aspects, spending more time and effort to do what you must do to get across the finish line. If you commit and do all that’s required in Step 2, nothing can stand in your way.
When it comes to having your own salon, the application of these 3 steps helps you identify all that is entailed in owning your own salon and helps you realize if you are indeed, willing to pay the price.
Bottom line: Decide what you want, determine what it will cost to get it and decide if you’ll pay the price.
*Disclaimer: Following this 3-step process may actually result in changing your goal(s) and that may be a good thing! The process brings great clarity and may help you determine that you’re not willing to pay the price – and that’s ok. It just means you may want something else, instead. In any case, you’ll be better off and truly know what you want.