You can set high and lofty goals, but you’ll only reach them if you also create easy-to-reach benchmarks or subsets of goals to keep you rewarded and motivated along the way. Use what I call “gradual gain goals” by thinking of how a bicycle gear works. The wheel on the gear has teeth or notches in it that are pulled a fraction of an inch at a time by the bike chain. One gear tooth moves, then the one next to it moves, until soon the gear is flying around at high speeds and you are racing across the finish line. Design major goals with built-in subsets of smaller, related goals. Be sure each step is easily attainable, rewarding, and relevant. Hit it and then move on to the next goal – like a chain connecting gears on a bike – until you reach your ultimate goal or dream.
Beware the self-erected roadblocks such as self-doubt. Anyone can learn to ride a bicycle. But if you have never been on a bike it seems scary, intimidating, and impossible. Sooner or later you have to overcome those feelings and step out of the comfort zone to actually remove the training wheels, get on the bike, and start going places. Each of us has to decide that we can and will accomplish our goals, whether we want to earn that elusive 6-figure
I always wanted to have my own consulting company. But for years my fear of failure held me back – guaranteeing that I would never reach that dream. Finally I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and made up my mind to go for it, and only when that emotional and psychological hurdle was out of the way could anything happen. I had been my only obstacle to success because oftentimes taking the first step is the hardest.
As a pioneering and visionary innovator, Sarah is a certified professional image consultant and brand strategist, speaker, trainer and author. Her company, Illustra Business Coaching, provides leading-edge business building strategies for small business owners & entrepreneurs who wish to take their company to the next level.
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