Do You Share this One Habit with ALL GREAT Success Stories?
Do you Share this One Habit with ALL Great Success Stories?
How Would You Define the Ultimate Adrenaline Rush?
For an NBA star, it’s making a 3-point shot in the NBA Finals; For a baseball player, it’s a grand slam at the World Series; For a lawyer, it’s winning a big high publicity case; And for a doctor, it’s figuring out a way to cure their patient against all odds.
There’s an undercover theme hidden in all of the above examples. You might not think of it this way, but each of these superstars set a goal and subsequently crushed it. We think of that basketball player as just being really great at shooting hoops or the lawyer as being amazingly persuasive. But so much more goes into it than raw talent or luck.
The Real Secret Behind Jaw-Dropping Success
A basketball player spends his life working out, running, and practicing. He trains, trains, and then trains some more. That baseball player that just hit a grand slam? He lives, breathes and dreams the game. A doctor goes to college, then med school, followed by a grueling internship before becoming a resident.
The end result we see as an outsider is their victory. That feel-good moment when they achieve greatness. The moment their team huddles at the World Series in explosive excitement or rushes the court after the NBA Finals. We see the tears of joy, the hugs, and the glory.
We sit back and we think “Man! That guy has all the luck! What I wouldn’t give to be in his shoes!” But the real underlying story is that it’s not luck. These heroes all have growth owner mindsets and use goals to leverage their success.
How Do you Set Goals and Achieve Them Like a Pro Who’s Destined to Succeed?
Making sure goals are attainable is important for your mindset and your persistence at reaching your goal.
One method is called setting SMART goals. SMART stands for:
In order to set and achieve goals using the SMART format, ask yourself are they:
Specific – This is the who, what, when, where and why of the goal. It’s the nitty gritty. Getting specific sets the foundation for ensuring the goals you set are attainable and measurable. Let’s say you’ve set a physical health goal of getting in shape. What exactly does that mean to you? Is it when you’re thin? When you’re sporting a 6-pack? When are you in shape? This is one of those goals that, if not specific, could go on for an eternity while you lose just one more pound or firm up one more muscle.
Measurable – Getting specific with your goal ensures that it’s measurable. Being measurable means having specific metrics in place to track your success. You’ll want milestones that help you see that you’re heading in the right direction. Getting in shape isn’t measurable. Losing 25 lbs or having a 7% body fat index is – but here’s the caveat – you have to have a way to measure it.
Attainable – Want to drop 50 lbs in 6 weeks? Think again. That’s the kind of goal that sends you right to the pantry to wallow in a bag of Cheetos. It’s not attainable so you’ve set yourself up for a not-so-fun failure loop
Relevant – Is there a reason you want to lose weight? Do you even have any weight to lose? What purpose does it serve in your life? If you don’t have a relevant reason for setting the goal, will you be motivated to attain it? Or feel good about it when you do? It’s also important to make sure goals align with your core values.
Time-based – Goals with an infinite timeline are much less likely to be accomplished. A goal without a deadline is breeding ground for excuses. Having a timeline helps you prioritize the goal, as well as reassess how attainable it is. Timelines can be a great motivator too. Losing 10 lbs by vacation is much more motivating than just losing 10 lbs.
Don’t forget to Gamify Your Goals for Motivation
Once you start setting and achieving your goals in a SMART way, you’ll be on your way to a growth mindset. You can make it even better by gamifying your goals and giving yourself rewards when you reach your milestones. When you do this, the reward center in your brain gives you the dopamine hits that motivate you to keep going!
For example, I have my long, mid and short term goals I’m constantly working off of. I review my long and mid every Monday, and then customize my prioritized to-do list based on these. I set goals for each week, and when I meet them, I’ll give myself a reward such as taking Friday off to hang with kids or play golf, treat myself to a massage, or order from my favorite Sushi restaurant (too expensive for regular thing, but that spider roll tastes so much better when I know I’ve earned it).
These short term goals give me just enough dopamine hits to want to keep chasing that carrot that seems so far off.
Now get out there and crush it like the super duper star you are 😉