Three Secrets to Making Your Game-Changing Goals Real

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June 20, 2013
Three Secrets to Making Your Game-Changing Goals Real

In order to play a bigger game and live an extraordinary life you have to step out of your comfort zone. That means setting goals that are real game-changers and bring about the kind of results that will set you up for ongoing success.

Of course it’s much easier to stay in your comfort zone. It’s easier to set super-realistic goals that don’t require that much effort. But it’s only when we take the first step towards a bigger goal – one that makes you uncomfortable – that you begin to face your fears and develop greater confidence.

If you have ever had to go through a personal crisis in your life you know that it throws you into the transformation zone but you grow rapidly. People who have suffered a divorce or lost a job know that it’s not fun or comfortable having to deal with the unknown. But once they get through it they look back and see how far they’ve grown. It makes them more confident and empowered to overcome life’s upcoming setbacks.

You shouldn’t wait for a crisis to grow in your business. The only way you can overcome fear is to face your fears and walk right through them. So my advice is to think big. Identify a goal that will be a true game-changer in your business. You need to be fearless and focus on the benefits.

Once you’ve identified your game-changing goal here are three secrets to making it a reality:

1. Write your goal down and brainstorm about how you can make it happen. What’s one big goal that you know could be the game-changer in your business that you keep procrastinating? Now consider what you need to do to shift from a place of procrastination to taking positive action to finish that project. List the actions you need to take to make it happen.

2. Visualize your life once you’ve met your goal. Every morning review the goal you’ve outlined for yourself to set the tone for your day. Think about what it will feel like when you achieve your goal and then bring that energy to how you choose to think, feel and act that day.

3. Tell someone what you plan to do. Getting out of your comfort zone can be difficult and it’s easy to slip back, which is why I advise you to work with a coach or mentor. But it even helps to communicate your new goal with your spouse, business partner or friend. By voicing your commitment it’s the ignition that sparks the fuel of an actionable idea and transforms it into reality. It can also become the seed of unforeseen collaboration.

Let me share an example of the power behind having a very specific goal. After I had gained needed experience in my Illustra Consulting business, I knew I wanted to step up and play a bigger game. I decided that my specific goal would be to work with a CEO of a large company. Although I was uncertain how to make this happen, I visualized how exciting it would be. This was because I knew working with a CEO of a large company would be a fantastic learning opportunity – basically a real game-changer to help me change my business model. It would also open doors to even larger projects. I told my husband, Marc that this was one of my top goals for the year.

One day, seemingly out of the blue, a female CEO called me to see how we could work together to help her gain more global visibility. She had seen my website and was sure I was the person to work with her. I quickly enrolled her to become a private corporate Platinum client. Today she is still one of my raving clients and she continues to boost my brand with everyone she knows.

What this example illustrates is the power of setting goals. Even though I don’t recall a specific task that brought this client to my door, I was prepared for her when she got there. If I hadn’t been visualizing the experience, brainstorming about it with my husband, and thinking about all of the benefits, I wouldn’t have been prepared when she came into my life. But since I had a mindset that this was the kind of client I needed and wanted, it just clicked.

If you step up and apply these three secrets you’ll continue to stretch yourself and become more confident in facing your fears. You’ll know deep down you have what it takes to build a successful business.

Predictable Results™ Assignment:

Get to work on the first secret! Write down you game-changing goal and determine what steps you need to take to make it a reality.

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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Copyright © 2013, Sarah Hathorn, AICI CIP, CPBS
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