Superstar or RockStar: so many times when I meet people for the first time they tell me of all the great goals and plans they have. They tell of how they are going to write that book and it’s going to be a best-seller. Or they tell me they like my blog and want to start one of their own.
I am reminded of an old friend, Rich, with dreams as high as the clouds. He would tell of what he was going to do and shared how it was all possible. He even spoke of what steps he would take and how success would be guaranteed with those steps.
I love to hear about great goals and ideas. I speak about it all the time, how this world needs more great ideas, more idealists to change the future. But so many have no idea how much work it will take to make these goals or dreams possible.
As I write this today, I am on a plane. While taking off, I was thinking of the number of things that must take place for this plane to get off the ground – from the people it takes to make the crew, to those it takes in the airport. Then I thought of all the people it took to build the airport structure and there’s the plane itself. When you put all of that together, it took countless hours, people and work to make it all happen.
We are at day 17 of the year and by the 21st day of the year (next Monday) most people have given up on this year’s resolutions, goals and dreams. They simply did not plan in a realistic way to make this happen. You must have a plan; wishing will not get you there. Priorities must be in place to take any planning to higher success. You must be consistent with daily habits to make any plan work.
Today we need to focus on the realistic part of the planning. Just last year I had a coaching client come and go like a wildfire. This person was excited, wanting to make the changes, talking likes a super star. Yet this person crashed and could not even stay in the program.
One of the first things I do when taking on a coaching client is to start talking about the realistic side of things. They must be able to afford the program they are about to enter. Not just fees, but the other investments that must be made to build the success needed.
Then we have the realistic side of goals. Some people set their goals so high each year that they give up when nothing seams to move forward in the first month or two. Since the beginning of this blog I have taught about taking baby steps.
Before you plan out this year, you should have taken a look at what you did last year. Based on your personal history, you can tell what you are able to accomplish. As a coach, it’s my job to get you to stretch just a little more. So are you ready to be realistic with your plans this year? Let’s give you some action steps.
Call to action:
Look at your history. What was the increase last year in your business? Write down what you did.
Realistically re-write the goals taking the increase of growth from last year and doubling it.
Break down the growth into quarters with so much during each quarter of the year, increasing it in April, July, And October.
Using the method of realistic growth and taking it step by step you will see that over this year you can do twice as much as you thought possible.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?