You’ve spent time and energy growing your business. When it comes to work, you cross one finish line after another. Sure, you get a daily sense of accomplishment, but you can also hit the arrival fallacy (coined by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD) – where you enter into a state of sadness after reaching a goal and it brings you to a halt.
So, what’s the solution?
Luckily, you can avoid this state and feel the motivation to keep going! The secret is setting goals that get you excited about your business and bring real meaning to your life.
What do you want to achieve in the future? Effective goals help you focus on what’s important – your desired result or achievement.
Consider these equations:
Speaking of equations, some people think about goals only as numbers. But how do you set meaningful goals – the kind that makes you want to keep going through the challenges that arise and strive for the outcome?
Try these strategies:
Go beyond business: what work-life balance do you want to have?
For your best results, the objective should be inspirational, ambitious, and qualitative. It should describe an outcome that you look forward to with excitement.
How can your business best support the lifestyle you want? Consider both your immediate and long-term goals.
OKR is a goal-setting methodology to set ambitious goals (“objectives”) and uses measurable benchmarks (“key results”) to track progress towards each goal.
Some people make goals and then don’t make an effort to keep them top of mind. Check in with your goals consistently, here are some examples:
Let yourself dream. Imagine your “best life”. What do you do each day? What would your perfect day be like? What are you feeling? Who are you with? These are your inspirational goals.
Then, determine specific actions you can take that will lead you to these goals. Whether they are for business or life.
Lastly, follow your plan – if you get derailed, dust yourself off, learn from it, and start again!
January 3, 2023
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