6 February 2018
I am a great believer in setting goals and using the mountain analogy that if you set a goal that is an Everest it’s too big. It’s so far in the distance it might take 10 or 20 years to hit. If that’s your one goal it is highly likely that you’re going to become demotivated along that way.
If, however, you break that goal down into smaller, bite-sized milestones en route to that big goal – the Snowdons to your Everest – you’re more likely to stay motivated and on track. It’s a great analogy because Snowdon is a mountain you can climb in a day. It can be very tough and, dependent on weather conditions, it can still beat you. But when you achieve those smaller goals it is huge sense of achievement and something to celebrate.
Failure can be great. It is a big part in everything that we do. The most successful people in life will miss more than they score. You’ll lose more deals that you win. You have to be inspired by failure. Use it to drive your behaviour and build resilience.
We start our lives with a determined mindset. When we learn to walk, we don’t give up every single time we fall. Parents never stop encouraging little ones to get back up and try again. But somewhere along the way we lose that mindset. Perhaps it’s the belief that we’re missing? Either way this is an incredible trait to maintain and develop.
There is no one thing that motivates everybody. There simply isn’t one size fits all, you have to find what works for you and what keeps your engine running even when times are incredibly tough.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences of goal setting in the comments below.
If you’d like to hear more, in today’s podcast, I talk a little more in depth about goals and New Year’s resolutions.