Improvements are only temporary until they become part of who you are.
-The goal is not to read a book, the goal is to become a reader.
-The goal is not to run a marathon, the goal is to become a runner.
-The goal is not to learn an instrument, the goal is to become a musician.
This year, focus on the identity you want to build.
Tomorrow is the first day of the month. Most managers or teams will have you set a goal for the month. Some will break it down to the week, some the day. You will be motivated, ready to do it. It looks easy, do this, and it will happen. Just as surely as 2 + 2 = 4. Easy, or so it looks. How many of us reached our goals last month, last year. If Pareto’s Principal is true, 20%. I think that number is high. Pareto was smoking something.
What was your goal to start the year? Save 10% of your income, lose weight, workout more. Why did you not reach your goal?
Goals and Motivation. Are they a myth or old wives’ tale?
If not, why don’t they work?
Managers, team leads, closers usually set goals and motivate one of two ways.
What is your goal for this month? 8, no let’s set that at 12. Ok, your goal is 12, how are you going to do it?
Ok, Bob your closing rate last month was 25%. You sold ten cars, what is your goal for this month? 12, good choice, now how do you get there? 12/.25 = 48. 48/ 21 working days = 2.3. 2.3 customers per day easy, your goal needs to be bigger. You can sell 12 easily.
Set a goal, showed them how to reach it. Natural right, math is math. Why do most sales people not hit their goals?
The key is in the decision. Everything we have comes about because of a decision we made.
Each decision affects what you become. We form our decisions, and our decisions form us. There is no escaping this; the smallest choices are important because - over time - their cumulative effect is enormous.
Never overlook the obvious: The nature and direction of your life change the instant you decide what you want to pursue. If you have indeed made the decision, goals, and motivation is the paths you take.
Draw a line in the sand, make a conscious decision to step over it. Decide today. What do you want? Once we make that decision, we are a force of nature. Incredible. Make it happen. It is up to you.
Think about it – your decisions represent and express your individuality. You seal your fate with the choices you make. You define yourself by your decisions.
Your dialogue with success is ultimately a solo one. Decisions made must be your own if you are to call your life a success.
Be the ruler of your decisions, do not let them rule you.
Remember, you are always in the right place at the right time if you have the right attitude.