Get More Out of Life by Setting Goals

It’s possible for someone to achieve several things without setting any goals. However, the likelihood is quite small. To be sure, many people accomplish some things without goals. But imagine what they could accomplish when they have goals. It’s a roadmap that helps guide them to the place they want.

For many, goals are unreachable. However, the key to making them work is to be realistic about what you can accomplish and in the time frame you give yourself. Sometimes, you may be able to get something done; you just need to give yourself more time. Other times, you could be reaching for something that is not within you to accomplish, or you simply find that you are not interested.

Get More Out of Life by Setting Goals

Try to determine what you want to accomplish as the basis for setting your goals. This is important so as not to waste any time. Think about those dreams or wishes you have always thought about. What is that you say to yourself, ‘If only I could…”

When you figure out what you want, you can start brainstorming for the steps to bring you there. Once you have that, and you follow through on it, you will be amazed at how this will transform your life. It’s like reaching a new level in your growth. You will also be several steps ahead of most people, which is a bit sad when you think about it. But that is for them to figure out, or you can set a goal to help others in goal setting! This way, more people will be able to experience this along with you.

Reaching your goals can give you a boost in your self-confidence as you will prove to yourself that you can make them happen. You will see this as a renewed purpose, and it will give you a foundation to continue seeking exciting new ventures in your life. Sometimes, all it takes is getting to that one major goal. This helps you to break through any barriers holding you back. You will realize at that point that anything is possible.

You’ll have some setbacks along the way, but it will be worth it. There will be excitement as well as frustration. But the journey will help you learn, and you truly will be getting more out of your life as you seek the things you have always wanted for yourself and your family.

Goal Setting Series: Get a Sense of Purpose

Goal setting can be such a powerful tool. Earl Nightingale once said, “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.”

Because goal setting is so important to success, we’re launching this six-part series on goal setting. Enjoy!

Pursuing Goals Can Bring You a Sense of Purpose

It’s very common for people to get to a point in their lives when they ask why they are doing what they are doing. It could be the career choice they made and wanted a change, or it could be something personal that is simply not working out as they had hoped. This is referred to by many as being stuck in a rut. Without any changes, it can be difficult to get out of this rut. One way out of this rut is to set some goals. This may help you find a sense of purpose.

When you lay out a plan, you can take a bird’s eye view of your possible paths. This creates an energy within that helps you carry out your plan. It gives you something to look forward to which can give you a sense of purpose. Having that helps you motivate and keep on track.

During the period of reaching for your goals, you will have good days and bad days. The bad days may even make you feel like throwing in the towel and forgetting the whole thing. This is natural and you need to refer to your goals to help you keep going. Family and friends can help to encourage you as well. Reach out to them when you feel like you want to quit.

The good days will get you pumped and will show that you are getting close to your target. Meeting milestones for your goals will solidify this experience as it gives you something to check off when completing the task. The more you pursue your goals, the more you will have these feelings of accomplishment which help show you a sense of purpose.

The next time you feel like you’re in a rut, try setting and pursuing some goals. They don’t have to be outlandish, and you want them to be obtainable. Keep working on them until you complete them. Create a journal to track your progress and get whatever help you can to motivate you. Once you see what is possible by setting goals, you will find you can accomplish just about anything.

You can’t stop the situation of getting into a rut, but you now have a way of getting out of it. You just have to figure out what you want to pursue and set up a plan to make it happen. Then, it’s simply a matter of following that plan.

5 Steps to Greater Fulfillment in 2017

It’s that time of year again to think about what you want to accomplish in 2017.  But wait! Past research tells us that 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail. So you might say, why bother?  Instead, perhaps you should go about those resolutions in a more effective way.

There are a number of reasons why resolutions fail—overly ambitious targets, peer pressure, no measures and most importantly, no real sustainable changes in behavior.  But there are some secrets to resolutions that actually work. The most important one is whether they lead to you becoming more fulfilled in life. We know from our research that nearly everyone wants their lives to be more fulfilling, but 80% of people are far from it. So if you think about your plans for the New Year in light of becoming more fulfilled, you are far more likely to be successful in achieving them.

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Here are a few tips from those who are most fulfilled:

1. Start with your long-term goals. If you don’t have them, create them. If you have them, it’s time to reassess them. While this may feel scary, it is really the only way to plan your future.  In my recent research at the Metrus Institute looking at those who were most fulfilled, we found that these folks had a vision for their life—where they would like to be later in life—what they would like to have accomplished. For Millennials, that might be a career goal or a family or relationship goal. For Xers, it might be an end of career objective (I want to become a VP in my company) or something more personal, such as taking up a new sport or hobby, or building stronger personal relationships. For recently retired Boomers, it might be bucket list items, such as visiting a country you have always wanted to see. Don’t be afraid to put a stake in the ground—you can always adjust it later!

2. What are your fulfillment drivers? Next, think about the things you do that are helping you achieve your dreams. It might be taking courses in school, dating, practicing a sport, hobby or musical instrument, or digging deeper into your religious or spiritual beliefs.  Or, it might be performing well at work so that you can get that promotion or become skilled for a future job. These are your drivers of success and fulfillment. Unless you think about the connection of these drivers to your long-term vision and goals, they may all feel alike. In reality, some are always more important to your long-term fulfillment.  Gut feel and what feels good at the moment may not be the best for the long haul. I didn’t like some of the courses I had to take to get my degree, but I had a vision of what the degree could provide for me in the future, so I learned to devote enough time to studying instead of playing cards with my friends as my gut would have preferred.

3. Time. Time is one of the biggest challenges to your resolutions. Remember, we all have the same amount of time each day, but some people use it more wisely. Personally, until I mapped my time for a week or so each year, I didn’t realize how much of my time was wasted in tasks that were not really helping me work toward my goals. Map your time—I’ll bet you will be surprised how it is being used. Periodically, I try to rebalance my time because we all get pulled in different directions.

4. Grit. One of the key factors we learned from our interviews on getting to fulfillment is that nearly everyone has key setbacks in their life—health issues, missed promotion, divorce, or loss of a long-term friend. But the most fulfilled people find a way around these setbacks. Building resilience is a key skill, but there are some tricks to making it easier.  The most common one is having a great network and some really close friends. If you don’t nurture your network, it won’t be there when you most need it. Many of our most fulfilled interviewees had developed mentors, and it was those mentors who fueled their fires to get up and overcome the setbacks.

5. Take a Risk. Many of the Baby Boomers and Xers we interviewed who had been around the block a few times, said ‘take some risks, and you will be rewarded later.’ Most felt that the risks they took earlier in their careers or in relationships helped them immensely in life. Even when those risks didn’t work out, they learned a great deal that could be applied in the future. Think about what would stretch you in 2017. Asking your company for a stretch job perhaps, or take a next step in your relationship with someone.  Or, many found that taking a job they weren’t totally qualified for (yet) enabled them to learn quickly and stretch their capabilities.

These five steps should take you a long way to greater fulfillment in 2017 and in your life!

William A. Schiemann, Ph.D. is CEO of Metrus Group. He is a thought leader in human resources, employee engagement, and fulfillment and author of Fulfilled! Critical Choices – Work, Home, Life. For more information visit, www.wschiemann.com, follow Dr. Schiemann on Twitter, @wschiemann and connect with him on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/wmschiemann.

How to Network When You’ve Done It All

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Networking. As a small business owner, you’ve probably done it a few hundred times by now. And, at this point, you could do it in your sleep. But that’s the problem: networking has become like following the same script over and over.

Not to fear, however. There are innovative ways to network you may not have considered – ways that can help you build your client base and sales.

Be Careful When You’re Looking For Money

Are you planning to raise money for your business?

Mark Kohler discusses in this video the different terminologies you have to understand when doing just that!

Now, be very careful when you’re taking money from others for your business and make sure you understand these different terms as they have different implications to your business’ operation:
Lender
Investors
Partner

What Makes An Effective Leader?

Anyone can be an effective leader. That’s right—anyone. It doesn’t matter what school you went to, what kind of shoes you wear, or if you wake up on the left or right side of the bed. What really matters is whether you are willing to help and support others while doing the following:

  • Showing positivity
  • Being honest
  • Being confident and relaxed (or at least acting as if you are)
  • Showing your sense of humor

Branding: “Why” or Die!

This is a guest post by Dave Murray of Mayniax Branding.

Image courtesy of Mayniax Branding

Image courtesy of Mayniax Branding

“I’m Dave Murray, the Big Guy at Mayniax Branding, and I’m an incorrigible smartass. But I take what I do very seriously.

“The world’s broken, and we believe entrepreneurs are the only ones who can fix it. But they’ll never get that chance if no one cares about their brands. So, with a little fun, a little research, and a lotta caffeine, it’s our job to make people care.”

The above is how I introduce myself to groups. It’s a little funny, a little serious, and makes it so people know what I’m about right outta the gate. It also includes the “why” for Mayniax Branding: The world is broken, and we believe entrepreneurs are the only ones who can fix it.

First, because I can, I’m going to type a little more about the why of Mayniax Branding. After that, I’ll explain how using the “why” worked out for a little company called Apple. So sit back, grab a cup of caffeine, and let’s get this “why” party started!

A Must See Interview About How to Network Effectively

A lot of people are nervous when they think about networking. They have lots of questions on the best approach when attending networking events so that they can have the chance to connect with really awesome people.

While some may say that networking is over rated, Devora explains that it’s truly underrated.

In this video, Devora Zack explains what real networking is really all about. And it boils down to building meaningful, lasting and most of all, mutually beneficial relationship one person at a time.