4 April 2016

Are you holding yourself back?
Lawrence Jones MBE entrepreneur
Some people are driven by great expectations, motivated by huge goals. On the other hand, the pressure of expectation can be too much for others.

Rather than reaching for the stars and being happy with landing on the clouds, not hitting that goal in time can flip and become a demotivator.

How often have you set a goal and missed it? Were you disappointed? Did it deter you or drive you on? For those of you who were deterred, I think we need to cut ourselves some slack!

I am a great believer in the value of goal setting. Sometimes, you reach goals you hadn’t even realised you’d set, like the time my wife and I went to Rome and Amsterdam in one week, after having to change our plans upon arriving in Rome. A few months later, we were going through our goals list and discovered that we’d written ‘weekend away, Rome + Amsterdam’ in our goals book.

We’d, of course, meant two weekends away, but somehow, we achieved the exact goal that we’d written down. It was extraordinary to say the least. I can’t explain why setting and writing down your goals helps you achieve your ambitions, but in my experience, it does.

However, sometimes, we set too difficult a challenge, too close a deadline or don’t cut ourselves any slack. Surely it is better to reassess your goals rather than demotivating yourself with too much pressure?

The whole purpose of goal setting is to motivate yourself to success!

I have been known to set extraordinary challenges for the UKFast team to see how far they will get along the journey. For all that I have every faith in them, I would never be disappointed if one of these ‘dreamer goals’ was missed. Equally, I would never set these massive goals as the team’s normal targets because that’s simply not realistic.

Setting goals is about balance – when do you need that big goal? When do you need the smaller steps? Be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound). Choose the right horse for the course and remember it is the journey that counts, not just the destination.

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