Reality Check: Are You Achieving Your Goals…?!!

by Chris C. Ducker · 19 comments

Reality Check

Every month I set myself a goal. Sometimes its ‘bigger’ than others…

Sign a new client with a minimum 10-employee requirement, create a new policy to promote and encourage more reading in the workplace, gain another 200 RSS subscribers, listen to more inspiring podcasts, spend more time developing business ideas, take the family to a resort for 3-days of relaxation… you get it.

I’ve said it before many, many times. Goals are the cornerstone of entrepreneurial success. If you are spending time on any project, any idea, any business model, without putting goals in place first – then, you are literally walking through the jungle at night without a flashlight. You’re going to get nowhere!

Are You Being Realistic ..?

Here’s the thing… No matter what goal I set for myself, I always, ALWAYS make sure of two very simple things. They are as follows:

  • ONE: That it’s achievable. Setting a goal that is so outlandish that I’ll never hit it, is simply pointless. As well as being extremely time consuming.
  • TWO: I achieve it.

Sometimes I feel the benefits of hitting my goals immediately. Sometimes its something that will ‘hit home’ later on. But, I always make sure that I hit my goals. It’s what keeps me going as a business owner, husband and father.

How Are You Doing…?

What goals did you set in place for yourself this month? We’re now half way through the current month. Have you looked at where you are with that goal? Anything more you can do RIGHT NOW to be sure you hit the goal by the end, or before the end of the month..?

Let us all know below in the comments section how you’ve been doing. Give details – the juicer, the better! What was your goal this month – and how you’re doing with it..!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Stuart April 18, 2011 at 19:08

You know Chris, the funny thing is I don’t set goals for myself any more! Sure I have goals for the day, such as chores or writing a new article, but I don’t set any goals after that.

I picked this up from Leo at ZenHabits, where he advocates ditching goals and devoting yourself to following your passion, whatever that may be. And I agree with him, I think if you set goals and then went after them, you’ll miss out on other opportunities that will pop up in life.

As the late John Lennon said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”

Now I’m not saying you should ditch goals, because if it works then keep it! But there are other ways to operate without the use of goals. I am now ‘goalless’, I’m enjoying the journey of life. What will be, will be :-)

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Chris C. Ducker April 20, 2011 at 07:49

Hey Stuart

I agree. Great comment. Everyone has their own ‘system’.

I’m also a big fan of Leo’s and a lot (in fact most!) or what he says is spot on. However, personally, I dont agree with the ‘ditch the goals’. For me, goals have be a very important part of my success as a business owner / entrepreneur thus far and I personally intend on keeping them part of my working AND personally lives.

I am glad to hear youre chasing your passion – but, what it is exactly, buddy… Please let me know.

C

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Stuart April 20, 2011 at 18:19

What is my passion? There’s the Million Dollar Question…

In a nutshell, my passion is to help others. My vehicle for doing this may change (website, job, social stuff) but no matter where I am, whatever I’m doing, I make sure that I help others. This is the one thing that remains consistent throughout my days, no matter what I do.

If I’m not doing something to help others, or myself, at any point in my life, I must ask myself “why not?”. If it doesn’t help anyone, myself included, then I ditch it and do something that will.

Pretty big nutshell, but I hope it answered your question Chris :-)

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Chris C. Ducker April 21, 2011 at 15:08

Regardless of the size of your nutshell, mate, thats a great way to look at things.

Keep working hard and keep hustling…!!!

Good for you, man.

C

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Oh, Hello! April 18, 2011 at 21:25

Hey Chris,
I often hit my goals with relative ease; frequently a heck of a lot quicker than I anticipated. You are right, making your goals achievable is important, but what if you’re making your goals “too easy”? Is there even such a thing?

This week is an exception. I have to deliver a 15 minute presentation in little over a week, and to do so I need to finish three projects. This week is intense, but if I get the contract then it will have been worth the sweat.

Regards!

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Chris C. Ducker April 20, 2011 at 07:44

Sweat is never a bad thing! Think about it logically… whenever you sweat you achieve something:

Working out in the gym.
Getting a project finished.
Running away from a hungry Crocodile..!!!

Keep sweating, my friend and good luck on the presentation / contract!

Keep us up to date.

C

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Oh, Hello! April 28, 2011 at 04:52

Got the contract. ;)

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Chris C. Ducker April 28, 2011 at 14:15

Nice work…!!!

Good job, man. I’m super proud of you, and well done again!

C

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Alex April 18, 2011 at 23:15

I have only recently started to actually reach my goals, and ironically it was not until I stopped and read some of my own content on the subject that I thought I should start practicing what I preach.
I am a firm believer in the SMART goal system and although i always try to be realistic and keep my goals small – I tend to get distracted really easily, especially in the blogosphere!

I think another important thing that many get wrong is mistaking a goal with an objective.
A goal is the end result of meeting a number of objectives, so stop setting goals and start meeting objectives.

Of course, and this is not entirely relevant – but I have this big sign on my wall that says simply ‘RESULTS – EXCUSES’ because I know you can only have one.

I know which I choose.

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Chris C. Ducker April 20, 2011 at 07:37

Hi Alex

SMART is a great system, and is proven.

Now, go take a photo of that sign on your all and post it to the VBL Facebook page for everyone to get inspiration from!

C

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Alex April 20, 2011 at 17:33

Hey mate – trying to add your feed to my twitter stream and facebook page and well – I spent 8 minutes scouring your site.

DUDE!?!

Can you possible make it any harder for my to get your feed?

LOL – now point me to it pronto so I can share your awesomeness with the world

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Chris C. Ducker April 21, 2011 at 15:16

Hahaha. Not done on purpose.

We have most people sign-up for the feed via email / opt-in. But, this is obviously something I missed off the revamp tweaks we’ve been doing this year.

Leave it with me, my man… In the meantime, the feed is http://www.virtualbusinesslifestyle.com/feed/

Chat soon!

C

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Leslie Sansone Williams April 19, 2011 at 07:23

My goal for 2011 was to diversify my marketing, which I’ve done. Now it’s time to diversify my business so that my income is derived from multiple products. Working on that now and hope to launch another product line by Wednesday.

Nice blog, Chris!

Leslie

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Chris C. Ducker April 20, 2011 at 07:36

That’s great, Leslie. Good for you.

Diversification on anything related to income is always, ALWAYS a good thing. Keep putting in the effort and mixing things up, and I know you’ll continue to do well.

Thanks for the kind words on the blog, too – hope to see you back again soon.

C

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 20, 2011 at 01:48

This month my goal was to launch TVAA and a new site, TVAP, and I am 7 days (today) away! I have pulled a couple of all nighters, been stocking up on Nescafe and feel like I have been hit by a bus.

I think I will give myself a bit of a break next month on the goals front, i’ll be doing mini goals from now on, plus I turn 30 in 4 weeks, so getting old now, need to lighten the load a bit. ;-)

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Chris C. Ducker April 20, 2011 at 07:35

This is important.

The odd all-nighter is fine (just dont let it become too regular!), and working your tail off, most of the time, will get you your desired results.

However, be careful not to burnout, Michelle. Mini-goals are a great idea, and are EXACTLY what got me through 2010, with my Virtual CEO goal.

Keep strivin’, my dear!

C

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Ralph April 21, 2011 at 01:32

At this point I’m on target for getting my new business website up in workable order and get business cards printed. No more embarrassing scribbled pieces of paper to exchange.

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Chris C. Ducker April 21, 2011 at 14:55

Hi Ralph

Nice goals, my man!

Say want you want, there is ALWAYS something cool about using pen and paper – regardless of who scribbled things get! :-)

Thanks for dropping by, buddy.

C

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William April 22, 2011 at 04:23

Achieving my goals is something I pride myself in. Living where I live it’s hard for me to keep myself from trying to take and easy way out to make my money. Instead of taking the easy way out, the only way I plan to make my first million is with my paper & pen. I won’t have it any other way, and the only way that’s going to happen is if I set goals and reach them. That starts out by setting goals that are actually within my reach, then going after the next one with a burning desire. Everyday I wake up I have to keep pushing myself to take steps in the right direction. If I can manage to do that, then I know my future will be bright.

God bless,
William Veasley

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