Goal Setting Strategies | When It’s Time to Lower Your Expectations
You’ve done all the work in setting up your goal setting strategies: you’ve crafted your vision, set your goals, and created your plan of action only to be tripped up by the next step in the process:
Actually doing something.
If you’ve created a vision of your ideal future, but still NOT doing the things you need to do to actually achieve your goals, maybe it’s time to lower your expectations.
Maybe it’s time to face the facts: You own your current comfort level more than your future success.
You’d rather be comfortable in the now…
…sleeping in an extra half hour…
…eating that cookie for dessert…
…watching an extra hour of television…
… than do the things you know you need to do if you want your goals to become a reality.
Here’s the stone cold truth: Vision without action is nothing but a pipe dream.
Without action, your vision is pointless.
Execution is where it counts, and if you aren’t executing you aren’t actually moving forward.
If this tough love has you back-pedaling… if you really aren’t willing to lower your expectations for your life… keep reading. There is another option for you if you still want to achieve your goals:
Vision drives action. So when I have a team member or client not executing in the way they need to in order to reach their goals I always start with their vision.
Is it compelling enough?
Is it clear enough?
Is it BIG enough?
And the real kicker… is it true to who they are and who they want to be?
If you’re looking at your vision and thinking anything but “YES” when you ask yourself these questions, there is where the problem lies. Your compelling vision for your future is what will drive your actions. To the extent that your vision is unclear or not true to who you are as a person, you will find it difficult to execute consistently enough and long enough to make that vision a reality.
If that’s you… you need to start with refining your vision. I have the perfect thing to help you do that here. [It’s free by the way :)]
But what if the problem isn’t with your vision? What if your vision is compelling, clear, big and true to you?
This answer is a bit more tricky.
Let me start by saying this: there is absolutely nothing wrong with lowering your expectations… but please, I beg you, at least be honest with yourself! What is wrong is lying to yourself by believing you’re moving forward when reality clearly shows the opposite. Do not allow yourself to hold on to your vision for the future while at the same time allowing days and weeks to pass by without executing on the strategies required to make it a reality.
If you aren’t willing to lower your expectations, your only other option is to dig deep enough to find the courage and the discipline to execute even when you don’t feel like doing so.
There are no magical pills or potions to solve this problem. The only way to get past it is to dig deep within yourself.
This is the point where its time to put up or shut up. This is the point when you have to decide… am I going to own my current comfort or my future success?
If your at this point you absolutely should be reading over your vision daily… allowing it to seep into your subconscious and become a part of who you are. But at the end of the day it’s going to come down to true grit… at the end of the day it’s going to come down to execution, and the decision you make to move forward and stop standing still.
Set yourself up for success by determining 3 key actions you can take each day to move you closer to your goal. Make them small at first, to develop the habit of action. When you can, tackle these actions first thing in the morning… but no matter what, do not allow your head to hit the pillow at night before you’ve completed them.
Of course, you don’t have to do this. You are perfectly welcome to take the path of least resistance and lower your expectations. But at least make the choice! Understand that by choosing NOT to take action you are actively saying NO to your vision. Don’t trick yourself into believing you’re do what it takes when reality says differently. At the very least, be honest with yourself and own your choices. You owe your future that much!
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Jordan Maylea Ramirez
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