The 4 Rules Successful Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Use To Stick With Their Personal Long Term Goals

Person hiking across snow analagy for sticking with personal long term goals

Person hiking across snow analagy for sticking with personal long term goals

THE NATURE OF LIFE IS THAT we live short-term and work towards long-term.

Unfortunately, the short-term is full of obstacles that steal our focus from the long-term. Goals help us to maneuver past the short-term challenges. Goals are essential because they provide a long-term vision for our lives.

Long-term is just a series of short terms

Most successful people confess that they have learned to leverage the power of goal setting. In a world full of distractions and a myriad of issues that compete for our attention, goals help us to silence the background noise and fix our eyes on the big picture. Here are some long-term personal goals that successful people value.

People hiking across mountain - analogy for sticking together helps with personal long term goals

Rule number one: Always surround yourself with the right people

Staying steady in the chase of your dreams demands for moral and psychological stamina. It calls for skills and resources that no single person possesses. Therefore, in the pursuit of personal success, you will need people to help you prevail over obstacles. Keep in touch with family, friends and successful people who can encourage and support you.

These relationships will not only keep you balanced, but they might also open up some exciting opportunities. As you socialize; you also network.

Many successful people value friendships and partnerships. Here are a few famous ones to help get the point across…

  • Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard – HP
  • Sergey Brin, and Larry Page – Google
  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen – Microsoft

Not only is being in business with the right people important, it is also important to surround your personal life with the right people. And if they are the right people, then make time and give attention to them.

Here are some pointers before we jump to the next topic…

  • As you set your long-term goals, factor in time for family events.
  • Always make a point of connecting with like-minded individuals.
  • Join virtual communities and meet up groups to help meet likeminded people.
  • Plug into business associations around you.

Rule number two: Mind your health

Research shows that there is a positive correlation between good health and productivity. Many successful people know that they need to take care of themselves. Self-care is a way of life.

There’s nothing more important than our good health: that is our principal capital asset.     Arlen Specter

All successful people keep extremely busy schedules but almost all of them also exercise, even hiring personal trainers. Your health is the most important single thing you have, and it is entirely dependent on your daily habits.

  • Working out even for a few minutes will take the edge off a busy day and energize you.
  • Have some few moments of introspection and meditation each day. Annie Lawless, a New York Times bestseller, says that a few minutes of meditation in the morning help her plan her day and sharpen her focus.

In the moment of solitude, we find the most significant moments of creativity

  • Make your alternative passions a priority. This will help to clear your mind and decompress. Many successful people indicate that they have solved some of their toughest problems swimming or when out on a run.
  • Loosen and have a good laugh every day. Robby Sorensen, the CEO of Finger Puppets Inc., indicates that we can handle anything if only we can find a way to laugh aloud every day.
  • Be kind to yourself: stop judging, blaming or expecting too much from yourself. You are only human. All you can do is all you can do, and all you can do is enough!
  • Forgive yourself every day. Do not hold on to the mistakes of the past; they do not shape your future.
  • Watch your diet and eat the right proportions.

Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live in. – Jim Rohn

Rule number three: spend time sharing yourself

It is in giving that we receive – Francis of Assisi.

Many entrepreneurs and other successful people are generous with their money and time. The more you give, the more you get in return. Adam Grant, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, ‘Give and Take’, indicates that people who give achieve extraordinary results across industries.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up – John Holmes

Fun fact: In a study, givers scored 12% higher in the intelligent test than other people.

Look at the list of 20 most generous people in the world, topped by Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, George Soros, Azim Premji, and Charles Francis Feeney. What do these people have in common? If this does not motivate you to be generous, nothing will.

Rule number four: Take risks

Successful people despise the comfort zone. Life will become boring and lack fulfillment if you stay in one place, mentally and physically. Taking risks teaches you to become adaptive and grow in countless ways.

Ditch your comfort zone and do something that you have always desired to do:

  • Leave your job
  • Enter a new field
  • Start a new business
  • End an unfulfilling relationship

You must learn to harness your confidence and believe in your abilities. This is the fuel you need to achieve things that you did not think were possible.

I like thinking big. If you are going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.    Donald Trump

There is no goal that we will ever achieve without taking a risk. The most successful people are not afraid to try new things and take risks. Not taking risk is a risk in itself!

Raaji Nemani CEO and co-founder of BucketFeet says that if he had not left his comfort zone, he would never have met his partner and the company would never exist. While risks do not always work out, they will pay off with a lesson. But when they do, you will be forever grateful that you faced the fear.

  • Musicians record and release songs without knowing how they will be received.
  • Producers invest massive amounts of money to produce movies without any assurance that they will be a success
  • Entrepreneurs start businesses without an end in sight.
  • We turn our lives inside out to get married armed only with the hope that it will all work out
  • We conceive and carry pregnancies for nine months without truly knowing what it is we carry

You sometimes have to take big risks – Bill Gates

The final goal

We can learn from wolves how to howl, from the eagle we will learn how to fly, and from highly successful people we can learn which long-term goals are essential in our lives.

Many of our idols were not born successful. They started by setting goals and pursuing them relentlessly. Being successful does not happen overnight, we can all start small, set essential long-term goals and more towards a fulfilling life.

Thanks for reading this article on how to stick with your personal long term goals. If you want more help sticking with your goals then here is an article on affirmations, which can help keep you motivated.

15 SMART Goals Examples – Including 3 Easy to Follow Templates

SMART goals examples - goals on post-it notes

These post-it note goals are not good SMART goals examples

DID YOU KNOW we set and achieve immeasurable goals throughout the day?

  • How we conduct our relationships.
  • What we want to accomplish at work.
  • How to engage our spare time

Goal setting is a central aspect of our lives. For some of us, it is a conscious process, but for others, it is an unconscious act that lacks purpose and direction.

Goals are dreams with deadlines

Without setting goals, our lives become series of random happenings that we have no control over. We become the unfortunate playthings of coincidences.

Setting goals bring us some extraordinary benefits. Goals help us to eliminate procrastination and laziness, the two biggest culprits of sabotaging our progress. When we set goals, we provide ourselves with more certainty and clarity as we pursue our desired objectives. Having goals in place increases our passion and motivation.

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a purpose, not to people or things. –  Albert Einstein

However, not all goals are created equal. While all goals will be beneficial to some extent, there are disadvantages to formulating regular goals. Firstly, they are likely to be arbitrary, meaning that even when we have achieved them, they may not significantly benefit our lives. Again, we may be upbeat about setting goals that are genuinely not achievable.

Goals that are not well thought out are also likely to be difficult to measure. We will never be sure whether or not we are making any progress. And what can I say about goals that are not time bound? Such goals end up in a state of limbo; we never really abandon them, yet we do not achieve them.

Enter SMART goals

SMART goals address all the pitfalls associated with regular goals. SMART goals focus our attention and resources on what is most important so that we can achieve the maximum possible benefit. When we set SMART goals, we save time and energy and make the process of attaining goals much more productive and efficient.

Compare the following goals:

(and while comparing decide which goal in each of the pairs is more likely to be achieved?)

Health

I will get fit.

I will eat two healthy meals per day and go to the gym five times per week for 1 hour.

Wealth

I want to save $1,000 by the end of this year.

I will have $40 per paycheck automatically transferred to my savings account for one year.

Relationships

I want to find the love of my life this year.

I will participate in activities and groups for single people near me for three nights every week this year.

 

A goal without a plan is just a wish. –  Larry Elder

How to formulate your SMART goals

Setting SMART goals makes us think about our goals before we embark on achieving them. If we dive right into a goal without a degree of forethought and planning, we are doomed to fail right from the start. For your goals to be efficient, they must have the following attributes.

S-specific

When setting a goal, it should be apparent in your mind what you want to accomplish. Answering the following WH – questions is a start to making your goal specific.

  • Who needs to be involved in achieving the goal?
  • What do you hope to accomplish?
  • What is the reason for the goal?

M – Measurable

You cannot say you have a good goal when you have no way of telling whether you have achieved it or not.

  • Is the goal quantifiable?
  • How will you know when it is achieved?

A – Achievable

Your goal should motivate you, not discourage you. When you set a goal that is unattainable, you are guilty of sabotaging yourself.

  • Do you have the resources to achieve your goals?
  • Do you have the motivation?
  • Do you have the skills needed?

R – Relevant

You will be motivated to achieve your goal if it truly matters to you. The best strategy is to ensure the goal aligns with other relevant goals.

  • Why am I doing this?
  • Is this goal a priority for me?
  • How will it compete with different goals in my life?

T – Time-bound

Goals that lack realistic timing will not succeed. It is always prudent to provide a target date for deliverables.

  • Do I have a deadline?
  • Have I put it on the calendar?

SMART goals examples

  • I will update the employee handbook to include a searchable intranet version that is easy to use by 30th September.
  • I will read five extra books about managing projects by August 31st.
  • I want to drop 20 pounds by December by implementing the 52 Week Clean Eating Habit challenge.
  • I want to establish myself as a social media expert. I will write a 150 page e-book on social media; one chapter per month. I intend to complete the book in ten months. I will then self-publish.
  • I want to acquire three new clients for my business by end of July. I will ask for referrals, launch a social media marketing campaign and network with local businesses.
  • I want to create a new website for my business by 30th of July. I will utilize a website development company to build the site and create a payment interface.
  • I will present a minimum of two breakfast seminars per quarter for the next one year to boost my confidence and improve my presentation skills.
  • I will read one book every month. I hope to read 12 books by the end of the year.
  • Every evening, I will play with my children for 20 minutes, then read them a story before bed.
  • I will write 500 words per day for my 50 pages e-book on Landscaping. I will complete the e-book by December.
  • I will exercise for 20 minutes, four times a week to increase my strength and stamina.
  • Every Wednesday evening, I will do something romantic for my partner.
  • I will donate blood every three months for the next one year.
  • Every weekday evening, I will meditate for 15minutes.
  • I will have 200 items listed on eBay by the end of July.

Here are some templates that you can use to write your SMART Goals

TEMPLATE ONE

DATE………..

Initial goal (put down what is in your mind)

Specific (what do I hope to accomplish? Who else will be involved?)

Measurable (how will I measure progress? How will I know that I have achieved my goal?)

Achievable (Do I have the skills necessary to achieve this goal? How can I attain them?)

Relevant (How will achieving this goal improve my life?)

Time-bound (What is the deadline for achieving this goal?) 

SMART GOAL: Review the above information and craft a new statement based on the answers to the questions above

TEMPLATE TWO

DATE…………..

INTENTION SPECIFIC MEASURABLE ACHIEVABLE RELEVANT TIME BOUND
What do I want to achieve? Who?

What?

Why?

How?

How much?

How often?

How many times?

Which skills do I have or need to pursue this goal? Is it important?

How does it tie to my overall life’s purpose?

When?

TEMPLATE THREE

DATE…………

MY GOAL IS
SPECIFIC

How will I do it?

What? When? Where?

MEASURABLE

How will I measure it?

How much? How many?

ACHIEVABLE

Is this something I can do?

RELEVANT

Is this something I am excited to do?

TIME BOUND

When will I do this?

When is the deadline?

Staying on track

Here are an additional three things you can ask yourself to help you stay on track for when the going gets tough.

  • The names of the people I can ask for support 
  • What are the things that may make it difficult for me to achieve my goal?
  • Which are some of the ways I can manage these difficulties?

In Summary

If you desire to achieve a massive goal in your own life, apply the SMART concept and watch what happens. You may just be pleasantly surprised to find that the big scary goal is not that scary after all. Again, you might find that a goal you have attempted and failed at in the past is actually quite achievable.

Go on and try and tell us what happens. Good luck! You have got this!

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