Hi vibrant business owners and entrepreneurs. A recent group conversation in Cleveland Vibrant Entrepreneurs Community. We had a great discussion about goal setting. We always heard that when we create a goal, it has to be SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely).
I do believe that creating goals that is SMART is good in giving us clarity on our to step forward but I think it’s not enough specially for those who want to achieve big things. When we create attainable and realistic goals, sometimes we set goals in our comfort zone. We set goals that we know we can accomplished but do you want to be stuck with “attainable” and “realistic” goals when what you really dream about is a 3-day workweek, and a trip to Disneyworld with your kids. Setting goals in your comfort zone aren’t going to get you there. In fact, they may holding you back because you create a box for your goals.
Consider what happens when you set a goal of earning 10% more, you might work 10% more. You might even reach out to 10% more potential clients. And you’ll likely to reach your goals but you will be happy because after all, that was your goal.
Rather than focusing on goals that are attainable and realistic, savvy and driver entrepreneurs know that the key to incredible success lies in creating lofty goals that feel out of reach. They don’t strive to earn 10% more but instead they kept stretching themselves. They find new—and better—ways to do things, so they don’t have to work twice as hard.
Of course, you cannot simply declare crazy goals and expect the universe to hand them to you. And that’s exactly why putting aside those smart goals is so…smart. When you shun the attainable in favor of the “holy cow, how will I ever do THAT?” goal, you push yourself beyond those self-imposed limits and reach for the stars.
Sure, you might not double your income, but you’re almost guaranteed to do better than a mere 10% increase. So push your boundaries.
Set big, audacious vibrant goals, my friend. Because even if you fail, you’ll be much further ahead than those smart goals would leave you.