“If you set your goals ridiculously high, and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” – James Cameron, Director
My acronym for goals is Great Opportunities For Accelerating Leadership Success.
G.O.A.L.S is one of the most effective ways to think about success.
We set goals to stretch ourselves. We set goals to achieve a measure of success in life. We set goals because without clarity of thought, nothing is achieved.
When you create stretch goals you may feel that you’re setting goals that exceed your ability, but you will grow into them.
Frequently we set realistic goals because we are afraid of failing. They may stretch us but it doesn’t necessarily lead to the realization of bigger dreams.
“For anyone striving for high performance in the workplace, goals are necessary things” – John Doerr
Jim Collins recommends Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGS) in his book Good to Great, and recommends going beyond what you think is unattainable. John Doerr recommends that your goals be big, but not impossible. Behind all this you must believe that you can accomplish the goal, and even if you have a little doubt, you’re willing to take the risk.
A goal must capture your imagination and compel you toward action.
When I began my coaching career I wanted to be great. I had no experience, but I was willing to fail. I took a gamble and made something of it. I set small goals and made incremental moves toward achieving the bigger one of becoming a great coach.
Every time I write a new book or article I have no idea if the finished product will have an impact. I’m driven to do this because I believe I have something to say that’s worth hearing, and it aligns with my goal of helping people be better versions of themselves.
Stephen Covey said “begin with the end in mind.” Start with your audacious goal, then scale it down to smaller goals that are achievable now and will help you reach further each time toward your next goal.
When you get in the habit of succeeding, it boosts your confidence and helps you attain even bigger goals. Eventually, your audacious goal will be achievable with a lot less effort because your focus is on the things you can do in this moment.
I believe that great opportunities come when you push yourself beyond your comfort level. You may not know where your ideas will take you, but that’s part of the adventure.
When you have a clear vision, a strong sense of values and purpose, and take consistent action, the results will surprise you.
These are your Great Opportunities for Accelerating Leadership Success.
Excerpted from my book The Fearless Factor @ Work
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