SMART Goals Are Failing You

Successful people know the secret

Do you set SMART Goals? Have you ever missed a goal that you worked on so hard, for so long? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. I want you to know that missing your target was not your fault. In fact, I want you to realise you never failed at all.

SMART Goals have been failing you!

What are SMART Goals?

I’ll quickly explain what they are… George T. Doran first wrote about SMART Goals in 1981. SMART stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic and
  • Time-bound.

What do you want?

I want you to pause for just a moment and ask yourself:

  • Would you like to turn your dreams into goals?
  • Do you want to be successful?
  • Would you like to set goals that motivate you?
  • Do you want a clear roadmap to get you there?

If you answered yes to any of those, don’t worry, you’re not alone. You’re still reading, so I’m guessing you want to be successful but there’s something holding you back. Does this sound like you?

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My Story

Hi, my name is Danny. A few years ago, I had the same struggles as most people when it came to achieving my goals. I would always set goals using this same old formula. Sometimes I was successful and sometimes not.

Where did it all start?

I owed around two thirds of my annual income at my worst point. It was my own personal financial hell. Let’s rewind. My debt started at a modest $200, when I first used my credit card.

10 years later, my personal debt had multiplied, over and over.

In fact, each time I maxed out my credit card, the bank would send me another invitation to increase my credit limit. I accepted.

Then I got 2 credit cards because I wanted 1 for business expenses. Unfortunately, while my business was profitable, cash flow was killing me. I never had quite enough cash in the bank to clear my credit card.

My crazy debt

Then, I began unpaid training for my next job. For 8 months,

I had to sit on my credit card, as I didn’t have an income. But it didn’t end there, of course my debt followed me and just grew bigger, like a balloon.

I purchased a car using something called salary sacrifice, which meant I could legally pay off my vehicle and fuel expenses before the government took tax. I thought this was so clever. Well it was, until…

I changed jobs and in my new job, I couldn’t salary sacrifice any more. So, that meant my salary sacrifice agreement became a lease any my lease blew up like a balloon. Unlike a normal car loan, paying off a lease like this means you pay years of interest upfront. I couldn’t even pay it off early.

After 3 years of making payments on my car, I still owed more than the original purchase price of my car.

I was in my own financial hell

Enough was enough. I was sick of my debt. The time had come for me to make a better plan.

As far as I was concerned, I was in my own financial hell. I had piled up just as much guilt for myself, about my situation, as I had debt.

Just so you know, I had wanted to pay this debt off for a long time. I was in a world of pain and I wanted this debt gone. I wanted to feel proud of where I was in my life. Many times before I set a goal to clear my debt. Each time I had a specific, measurable, achievable target and a clear deadline. I failed, again and again.

I realised I wasn’t failing. So many experts told me that all I needed to be successful was the SMART formula. They were wrong. It wasn’t enough to have SMART Goals.

I knew what I wanted. I could picture it clearly in my mind. I had no problem working out what I wanted but I was struggling with how to get there.

Climbing out of hell

That’s when it hit me. I realised I loved the idea of reaching my goal but I wasn’t clear about the process. The parts I was clear about, I didn’t like. I had to find a way to love the process if I was going to achieve my goal.

In a movie Any Given Sunday, Al Pacino delivers a powerful speech to a football team. In it, he delivers one of my favourite lines. His team is losing so badly, Pacino describes it as being in hell. The following quote is from his speech.

“We can stay here and get the sh*t kicked out of us or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell, one inch at a time.”

Al Pacino, Any Given Sunday

The first time I heard that speech, I thought wow. Anything is possible if you break it down into a step-by-step plan.

I had to stop thinking of the road ahead in miles and start thinking in inches. I was sure I could jump from one stepping stone to another, if they were only a few inches apart.

I created a roadmap, which helped me clarify my goals, break them down into small, bite sized pieces, and take action on them. I read dozens of books, took courses and listened to people who I knew were successful. I took action and tested a lot of what I learned. I kept what worked, tweaked it for my own needs and threw out the rest.

SMART goals just aren’t enough

I could see how much time I needed to pay off my debt and I had a clear action plan to make it happen. I set goals but I learned as much about missing my goals, as I did about achieving them.

Why did I miss my goals? Because SMART goals were only part of the truth. Management gurus kept repeating the same formula, over and over, but something was missing.

Why then, when I was failing, did people drag me through that same tired old process for setting goals?

Perhaps the managers and the people I sought advice from were happy where I was. Maybe the other things I discovered actually were a secret. Maybe they didn’t realised it was possible to achieve goals and find fulfilment, all in the same ‘brush stroke’. I’m not sure.

Why do people keep pushing SMART goals?

Most big companies want you to set goals and they are happy for you to think, as long as you stay within the box they designed for you. They’re afraid you might find out there’s life beyond those 4 walls. You might find work that’s more fulfilling than what you do now.

They run the risk that you could stop working on what they want and start working on what you want instead.

Once I added a few missing ingredients to my own goals, I quickly paid off my debt. Within 2 years, I achieve 2 more BIG life goals. I married my beautiful wife and we saved a house deposit. Less than a year later, we moved into our dream home. I was ticking off goals faster than I ever thought possible.

I want to share what I know, so people like you can get what you want. That’s why I created my Goal Setting Masterclass.

Who else did this help?

My goal setting techniques worked for some other people I know too. One retiree hand wrote a testimonial for me because she wanted more out of life and I helped her do that.

A personal trainer I know told me that since he and his family have used the techniques I taught to achieve their goals AND free up time. How is that possible? Because they have laser like focus on the things that will help them achieve their goals and they say NO to everything else.

Once I had the manager of a local heritage listed function centre approach me 1 full year after my workshop. She explained how I helped her prioritise an extremely busy workday. She still uses what I taught her every day.

How else did this help me?

Not only did setting goals start to make me more successful but I was finding greater fulfilment.

I was able to prioritise and focus more intently in what I was doing. Living life on purpose.

That’s exactly why I created my Goal Setting Masterclass, so I could share what I learned with others and help them get more out of life.

It took over 100 hours to create this course

You don’t need to spend 100+ hours reading books

It took me months of 5am starts (I do this before my day job) to put the content together for this course. Not to mention the dozens of books I read, so I could find and test the best content. I spent hundreds of dollars on books and courses, and hundreds of hours reading them.

My local bookshop owner ordered some of these books from overseas, even finding some out of print books.

It was all worth it because now you get to take my course, Goal Setting Masterclass, which selects the best bits. You don’t need to invest hundreds of hours in studying because I have already done this for you.

My course takes less than 60 minutes

Now you can take this course in less than one hour and be well on your way to achieving your goals. I have made the content in this course clear and concise, so instead of investing all of that extra time reading or studying, you can get to work on your goals right away!

Why take my Goal Setting Masterclass?

Here are just some of the benefits you will get when you take my course:

  • Define 7 Steps to Master Your Time, so you know what you need to work on to get back in control of your day
  • Set Your SMARTEST Goals and find 3 secrets hidden from the SMART formula
  • Discover the 6 A’s of Goal Setting, which will increase your chances of success
  • Define Your Success, so you can be crystal clear on what you want and go after it
  • Use the Power of Visualisation, so you can start building your dream in your mind, even before it’s real
  • Start Living on Purpose, so you know what to prioritise and where to focus

What do my clients say?

Don’t just take my work for it. Here’s what others are saying:

” [Danny Hile’s Goal Setting Masterclass] course so far is very thought provoking. And I am now ready to take some action.”

Tony Heywood, Director at Optimal Bookkeeping

“[Danny Hile’s Goal Setting Masterclass has] Great content ! I incite the teacher to launch a course video about the whole content of his book !”

Vay Ross, Udemy Student

“Thanks Danny for your [Goal Setting] Masterclass. I am grateful to have come away inspired & looking forward to making actions on my goals.”

Michael Cluff, Sales Team Leader

Would you like to get access to my Goal Setting Masterclass? Do you want access to:

  • My 10 video lectures?
  • Full slide deck to download or print?
  • 1 page goal setting template? AND
  • Bonus first 3 chapters from my book?

Well, for less than the cost of a single cheap pub or fast food meal, you can. I know I said it’s my duty to share what I know but if I don’t charge you a small amount, you won’t value it. If you don’t value it, you might not follow the plan.

Imagine how much more this course is actually worth, if it helps you finally achieve your BIG life goals.

What’s the value of this course?

Now, it would be impossible to show you ALL of the benefits of taking my Goal Setting Masterclass right here but I want to show you some of the things you will experience once you’re on the inside.

Of course you’ll get all of the video lectures and my complete course. Plus, you will receive a one page goal setting template, a chapter from my book AND lifetime access to me -so you can ask any questions you want about my course and I will answer.

A good coach could cost you $2,000 or more. If you read the DOZENS of books I have about goal setting and achievement, each book would cost about $25. Even similar courses to this one cost $200 or more.

Okay, but what’s the price?

  • If ALL this helped you do, was achieve your financial goals, would it be worth it?
  • If ALL this course did, was help you with your personal health and fitness, would that be worth it?
  • If you ONLY became more successful in your career, would it be worth investing the small fee to take this course?

Yes, it would… but the step-by-step process I share in this course is universal. You can improve ANY area of your life you really want to by setting effective goals and doing the work it takes to get there.

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    Write goals and keep them close

    Do you write goals?

    If you don’t write goals, how will you know where you’re going?

    My wife and I were moving house a couple of weeks ago. Our lives were in transition for a few days, living from tarp like bags and boxes with all of our worldly possessions. In our living room, we sold almost every piece of furniture not screwed down.

    In the end, we would move into our new house. So, the tiredness, inconvenience and feeling of homelessness while we were moving would all pay off. We could see the pot of fruit loops at the end of the rainbow.

    One morning when we had our things packed up ready to go, I was getting ready for work. I started to panic that I was running late.

    Clocks keep you on time

    I looked up where our vintage clock previously sat on he bookshelf and it was gone. Looking around for the smaller clock we kept on the hall stand, that had been packed up too. I couldn’t even see the bottom right corner of the TV from where I was getting ready because we had sold the stand right from underneath it. “How would I know if I was early or late?” I thought to myself.

    My clock usually kept me on time. I knew how long I had before work and what time I had to leave. I knew the ideal time to have a shower, sip of my coffee and a shave. Even the ideal time to brush my teeth and put my shoes on. But on this day I felt a bit lost.

    I had so many unknowns. Would I get to work on time? Did I have enough time to eat breakfast at home? Could I watch Home and Away re-runs before work or would I have to record them? I’m just kidding. I don’t watch Home and Away. My wife watches it. No, really.

    Anyway… I was a bit lost that morning, until I found my watch. My feelings of panic started to disappear as soon as I could see I was on time. Mini crisis averted. I got to work on time but I probably would have struggled if I didn’t find my watch.

    Calendars mark important dates

    When I arrived at work that day, I checked my calendar to remind myself of any upcoming meetings. I keep my calendar close at hand (actually, I use a smartphone calendar) and set reminders to keep me on track.

    Imagine if I wrote dozens of my most important appointments for the year in a paper diary and then stuffed it down in a drawer for the next 12 months. What are the chances I would be on time for every appointment? Probably not that great. In some cases, I would probably forget who I was meeting, where I was meeting them and the purpose of the meeting.

    Imagine if we did the same thing with our goals. Just wrote them down and stuffed them in a folder or drawer for the year. Oh wait -most people do! Or worse still, they don’t write goals in the first place. Following are a few reasons your should write goals and keep them handy to refer back to.

    Why you need to write goals

    There are many reasons to write goals, instead of just keeping them in your head. Aim, progress, accuracy and accountability are a few that come to mind.

    Write goals to clarify

    When you write goals, you clarify exactly what your target is and at what point in time you expect to make it. Not only does the end point become clear but so does the path to get you there.

    Write goals to measure

    Once you have defined your end point, you can also set milestones along the way. Instead of waiting until the deadline for a major goal, you can check your progress along the way against these smaller steps. Think about the purpose of the minutes and seconds hands on a clock (although there are possibly many). Most of your appointments might be on the hour, however, if you check the minutes and seconds hands before the appointment you will know if you’re on track.

    Write goals for accuracy

    Accuracy improves when you write goals. If you don’t write goals, it’s too easy to shift the goal posts depending on your mood or what you think at the time is realistic. If you allow other people to take control and set your goals, (a manager for example) they will probably shift the goal posts on you too. I remember once that I doubled the sales required according to one of my sales targets. But instead of being praised or rewarded, one of my managers decided the original target was no longer good enough. So, in their eyes I failed. Imagine how I felt. How could I ever be successful if the goal posts would shift every time I kicked a goal?

    Write goals for accountability

    Take ownership of your goals. You improve your chances of success when you accept responsibility for your goals and hold yourself accountable for success or failure. Set a big goal but one that’s actionable. Set a goal that’s within your control.

    Take ownership

    Of all the reasons for getting your goals on paper, accepting ownership of end results is the most important. You will always face external forces. Some will set you back and some will push you forward but they will often be beyond your control. Writing your goals is the first step to taking responsibility for what happens to you. There are some things you can control, so focus on those.

    “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” -Theodore Roosevelt.

    Some people believe in fate. That outcomes can’t be altered. Chances are, if you’re not setting goals, you’re not leaving it up to fate. Instead, you’re falling into someone else’s plan. What someone else wants to happen, is not necessarily what is meant to happen.

    Write goals. Keep them close.

     

      Long term goals matter most

      Long term goals matter most. Some people tell me there’s no point in setting long term goals because we live in a world of fast and constant change. I am here to argue that it’s because we live in a fast paced world that we need long term goals to keep us on track in both business and in life. Your circumstances may change but your end game should not.

      I know there are few times in my life when I have achieved a long term goal and experienced a great sense of satisfaction. Anything worth doing in your life will take time, sometimes years. You will be challenged and you may even doubt yourself at times. Your greatest reward may be the challenges you face and what you learn about yourself as you dig deep to overcome them.

      Long term goals matter most

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Shiny new object syndrome is the new trend. Most people jump from one new idea or project to the next, instead of pursuing worthwhile goals. Focus has gone out of fashion and busyness is the new black. If you or your business is following a trend then you are also at the mercy of that trend when it declines. Switching from trend to trend, as they become in and out of fashion costs time and money.

      You might be searching for the next big thing, jumping from one idea to the next. Ask yourself, what will you do when you find it? Jim Collins and his research team developed something called the hedgehog concept, which he wrote about in his book, Good to Great. Collins suggested one of their findings was their turnaround companies focused on their core business, which ultimately was what they could be the best in the world at (pp90-103). So ask yourself, what can you or your team be the best in the world at?

      Collins was talking about turning around companies, from good to great but there’s something we can all take away as individuals too. When deciding what your long term goals are, make sure they align with your personal strengths. I often hear people say, there’s a lot of money in that kind of business or something similar. There might be a lot of money in an industry but if it doesn’t align with your strengths, passions and abilities, you’re not going to see very much of it!

      Consider some of the oldest companies in the world. Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi is a hot springs hotel in Japan, which was founded in 705AD. It’s been owned by the same family for 52 generations. Do you think they set long term goals? I think it would be safe to say they do… or at least, they haven’t followed trending industries. Same business, same industry, 52 years.

      Imagine how many companies Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi has outlived in 1,313 years (at the time of writing). How many downturns, recessions and depressions do you think this company has survived? I would dare to say more than you or I have had hot breakfasts. Would that be possible if the family had switched industries when hotels became more competitive? Imagine the impact they might have felt when billion dollar hotel chains were established across the world.

      Consider Jeff Bezos also, who at the time of writing unseated Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. Bezos’ Amazon is now Goliath and you may have forgotten about their early days. For nearly 20 years, Amazon barely made a profit. Imagine trying to keep early investors happy for 20 years on the promise they would one day make a lot of money. That’s a long term view, in a world where many investors focus on quarterly profits.

      Jeff Bezos built his reputation and his business by setting long term goals. All along he warned shareholders that he would be playing the long game. He suggested investors buy stock in Amazon, only if they intended to invest for the long term. He had the discipline to focus on becoming the world’s biggest bookstore. Books were probably not a very sexy industry at the time, however, Bezos had a vision and a unique business model.

      Warren Buffett is a very successful investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. At the time of writing, Buffett is worth $85.7 Billion and the third richest man in the world. Buffett has become known for his long term investment strategy, which he used in his early days when investing money for a small group of family and friends. He still uses that strategy today.

      “I am not in the business of predicting general stock market or business fluctuations. If you think I can do this, or think it is essential to an investment program, you should not be in the partnership” -Warren Buffett. 

      Buffett’s investment rules include testing performance, which he says should be done at most every 3 years. He does however, prefer 5. He still follows this long term investment strategy in a world where everything seems so urgent, stock markets fluctuate rapidly and we are exposed to a 24 hour news cycle.

      “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much” -Jim Rohn.

      Long term goals will set you apart. In business, they’re often referred to as strategic goals. Jim Collins calls them BHAGs or Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals (pp195-205) in his book. I recommend, in business and in life, you set long term goals first and then work backwards. Consider the most capable athletes or people in your line of work who are at the top of their game. Chances are you will find it’s taken them years, perhaps even decades of determination to achieve what they have. Learn to play the long game, like them.

      Why goals fail

      Do you know why goals fail? I have listened carefully to dozens of people tell me why they have not been successful. I have failed more often than I’ve succeeded myself but I’m fortunate to have some victories too.

      Why goals fail, even the SMARTEST ones

      Setting effective goals is only the start of your journey. This article is going to address why goals fail, even if you have already set your SMARTEST goals.

      Expect the unexpected

      I used to be a police officer, which is a job where I learned to expect the unexpected. Imagine being sent to arrest someone at their house. Would they stay? Was it likely they were going to run? Were they ready for a fight? Or indeed was I ready if they attacked me?

      In each case, our training had prepared us for a range of scenarios. We had repeated drills, as part of our training, in case we would find ourselves confronted with a life threatening situation. We had standard procedures for those who were cooperative too but that was rarely the case. In this role, I learned more than in any other about why goals fail. 

      Goals have moving parts

      Soon I learned business was no different. Perhaps not as dangerous or life threatening as my previous role as a police officer. My point is, there are so many moving parts inside and outside a business. Competitors, governments, regulators, economies and industries are always changing. They are mostly fluid and unpredictable.

      In business, as in life, things will change. Things might go wrong or not according to plan.

      Goals have challenges

      Why do goals fail? Most goals fail because the person or organisation pursuing them wasn’t prepared for what was coming. I know that seems like an obvious point but I still see people set goals as if nothing could go wrong.

      Most people set goals with a positive mind set. Don’t get me wrong. Positivity helps. But if you truly believe nothing can possibly go wrong, how can you be ready for it when it does?

      In blunt terms, what are you going to do when the shit hits the fan? If your goal is big enough, you are going to be challenged. If you try hard enough, you might even fail. Failure is a learning experience, not an end point.

      Why goals fail and why you don’t need to

      Next time you’re setting some goals, write down all of the things that could possibly go wrong. Choose the problems that are most likely and write down how you might avoid them. Write down your worst case scenario for each and how you might minimise the damage.

      Bruce Lee said it best when he said, “Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

      Anything worth doing in life will be hard. In my experience that’s the way life is. My question is, what will you do when things get tough? Don’t give up.

      Prepare yourself because lack of preparation is why goals fail. Nothing great ever comes easy. Great things come when you overcome adversity.

      Positive thinking kills your goal setting skills

      Positive thinking and goal setting

      Positive thinking is an important part of goal setting but at the same time, it can kill your goals. I’m not suggesting that negative thinking is helpful either. Let me explain. Unbridled optimism, that is when you believe nothing can go wrong, seems to be when it does. For this reason, I have always believed in being cautiously optimistic.

      German Field Marshall and Prussian Army General, Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, summed it up best when he said, “No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy.” In this case, the enemy is not necessarily another individual; rather anything that could go wrong.

      I suggest you should have a sense of cautious optimism when setting goals. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. It would be easy to suggest, as some of my clients do, that planning is pointless. They argue, “What is the point in setting goals when you don’t know what’s going to happen?” In fact, I once had an accountant tell me that I should not set specific goals or make long term plans for my business at all. Needless to say, I quickly changed accountants!

      Goal setting and your personal values

      I am an advocate of having long term goals, even in turbulent times. After all, if you’re not following your goals and dreams, who’s goals are you following? Some people believe that by letting go of the reigns they’re following their destiny, when in fact they’re actually following someone else’s agenda. There’s nothing wrong with being of service to other people but not everyone is pursuing goals that will align with your values. So, even if your goal is cause related or to be of service to someone else, it should reflect your personal values.

      In his book, Great by Choice, Jim Collins published his findings on why some businesses thrive in uncertain environments and others struggle. He discovered that the best leaders are more disciplined, more empirical (make decisions based on evidence) and more paranoid. I find this sense of caution quite a contrast to the high risk taking view I often popularised by the media. Collins’ book was an excellent read and it reminded me that positive thinking alone is not enough. Things can go wrong and they do.

      Famous actor and philosopher, Bruce Lee had a point when he said, “Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

      Goal setting for the best but expecting the worst

      Tim Ferriss, Author of the 4 Hour Work Week, published a short video about stoicism, which I have included below. As Ferriss explains it, stoicism is about admitting what could go wrong and giving an honest answer to the question, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Ferriss uses the term fear setting, instead of goal setting, for the process he often uses to lift his mood and make sound business decisions.

      Of course it’s not enough to list all of the things that can go wrong. You then need to list some ways to avoid the worst and some ways to fix things or minimise the damage if the worst happens.

      I have often visualised worst case scenarios in my own mind and tried to think of preventative measures or possible solutions. I expect to encounter problems when I’m pursuing my goals. I believe the trick is to pay attention to the things that go wrong and then be as prepared as you possibly can.

      Positive thinking and your enemy

      Positive thinking is done from your point of view. Your enemy has other plans. I’m not suggesting to treat every other person and organisation like the enemy, however, you need to acknowledge that you are not in a perfect world. Your world is full of moving parts, conflicts and hidden agendas. In my own life, I stay focused on what I can do to put my goals into motion but I’m always conscious that there will be obstacles.

      I recently read a book called Red Teaming by Bryce G. Hoffman. The whole concept of the book is summed up neatly in the tag line, “Transform your business by thinking like the enemy.”

      Hoffman suggests a systematic approach to making plans stronger. He advocates the use of red teams within an organisation, who can expose the flaws in a particular plan or course of action. I highly recommend this book.

      The author goes on to point out the various military and business applications where red teaming has already been implemented. I should point out that testing plans like this is not about being negative. It’s about taking a good plan and making it better.

      My goal setting and preparation experience

      Contingency planning

      When I studied business, developing a contingency plan was best practice. A contingency plan is simply a plan b. I have found that’s served me well to develop a plan b while setting personal goals, business goals and sales forecasts.

      Contingency planning is not about abandoning your goals at the first sign of trouble; rather it’s about adjusting your course in pursuit of that goal if something goes wrong. Invariably, things will go wrong. Stock markets crash, consumer confidence declines, employees leave, new competitors come to town, bad things happen and most of this will be out of your control. In my opinion, businesses that fail do so because they’re not adequately prepared for what’s coming.

      Hollywood endings are fiction

      I have seen hundreds of Hollywood action movies (my guilty pleasure) and most of them have one thing in common. Nothing ever happens quite like it does in the real world. I often see the hero come up with a perfect plan, only to be hindered by something unexpected. There’s usually a corny joke about there not being a plan b and the hero goes into beast mode and wins the day. The problem is, just like in business, things can and will go wrong and hinder almost any plan.

      My experience in the police force taught me to plan for a specific situation then to plan for any likely alternatives. Preparation was also important. We invested countless hours performing weapons and other drills, so we could be prepared for almost any scenario. Similar drills are also performed in other military organisations, like army and navy teams. Often, the objective here was to prepare for when things go wrong.

      Hoping for the best but expecting the worst

      Cautious optimism is essential for goal setting and planning. Positive thinking alone is not a bad thing unless it leads you to assume nothing can go wrong. I often hear people assume that positive thinking is a kind of ignorance that we live in a perfect world.

      Planning is more important in a changing world than it would be in a perfect world. You need to set your course towards your goals and adjust your sails when the wind changes. Be ready for the challenges ahead.

      Anticipate those challenges as part of the goal setting process and be ready to do what’s necessary to get the job done.

      How decision making impacts your goals

      Improve your decision making

      Decision making matters

      Decision making matters

      I was reminded recently about the importance of decision making by my good friend and Body Transformation Specialist, Peter Brown.

      Peter explained, “Every decision you make will either move you closer to or further away from your goals.”

      Peter owns Fisique and he loves to help his clients achieve their personal goals. He practices what he preaches.

      Turn decisions into habits

      Good decision making is just the start of any achievement. Act on your decisions if you want to be successful. Turn repeated actions into habits, so they are almost automatic.

      Peter’s decision to wake up 2-3 hours before most people is not for some. His choice (and later his habit) to make a substantial amount of his food raw fruit and vegetables might not be as appealing as the processed rubbish most people eat.

      I won’t even start on his decision to work hard at the gym often enough to maintain a six pack!

      I can tell you this… Peter didn’t start where he is now. Nobody starts at the top.

      Practice better decision making if you want to be more successful. For example; if your goal is to have more money, your choices need to reflect this. Find a better job, spend less or invest your money. Make an instant coffee this morning instead of buying, so you can save some money.

      Perhaps your goal is to be earn more money. Get up early and go to that breakfast meeting, learn more or work on your communication skills of you want to position yourself as an expert. Set aside an hour today and start writing your book perhaps. Small decision making can move you closer to or further from your goals.

      Find yourself a mentor

      Find a mentor who is today, where you want to be tomorrow and copy their decisions. Whatever you want to achieve, you will probably find someone who has done it before. If not, you might find a mentor who has done something similar or works in a related field. Find someone who inspires you and ask them how they would do what you want to do.

      “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently” -Tony Robbins, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author.

      Decision making, followed by action, has the potential to move you closer to your goals today. Make mistakes, learn from them and keep moving forward. Most individual decisions will not make or break you. As Tony Robbins reminds us in his quote above: consistency that wins in the end.