From Dream to Reality: The Power of Goal-Setting
By: Bailey Holtz
Goals: we have so many of them, but rarely do we see them through to fulfillment. Why is that? Often, we set unachievable goals for ourselves. We set too many goals for ourselves and can’t pursue them all at once. Plus, we become distracted by the minutiae of our lives and lose track of them. Too many times we don’t set concrete parameters around our goals. Therefore, there is no way for them to ever be accomplished.
In short, there are so many more ways for our goals to go wrong than to go right! That is why we at Pure-Ecommerce want to provide you with a roadmap toward successful achievement of all your goals. With a little bit of thinking, a little bit of diligence, and a little bit of mindfulness, you can turn all your wildest dreams into a reality. We know from experience!
Setting goals is particularly important when it comes to our professional lives. So often, we let years of our precious existences slip by. You keep working in the same old nine-to-five but don’t really even like it. Then you become complacent and comfortable, but never truly happy. That’s when we let our jobs provide us with all that we need to survive. Meanwhile, the lives we truly desire are still with us in our thoughts every minute of every day. We are just waiting for us to grow the courage to seize them!
We want you to be able to seize them! Stop settling for a life half-lived and take the leap of faith toward your dreams to love what you do!
1. Take Time to Reflect!
Before diving head-first into a career in pottery or farming, stop and take a breath! You need to be sure that you aren’t committing yourself to a path that isn’t a true career goal of yours. According to Mindtools, it is critical that you set goals that motivate you in the long-term. This means you’ll have to dig into your soul. It’s time to examine what matters to you on a fundamental level.
Write down goals both large and small that you have held for many years. They can be both profound, for example, “I want to be fully in control of my own life. And simple, “I don’t want to commute anymore!”.
If you’re struggling to do the sort of introspection needed at this step, here is a helpful worksheet that will get the juices flowing! Answer the prompts and soon you’ll have a better idea of who you are and what truly matters to you.
For many professionals, the concepts of autonomous work and self-reliance are hugely important. No one likes to feel beholden to a giant corporate overlord. That’s why so many people are turning to the internet to start their own businesses. Simple, effective, and completely under your control, online businesses allow you to achieve your goals—plus some you didn’t even know you had!
2. Pick The Goals to Pursue
Once you have a list of your goals, you will have to pick which ones to pursue at this time. While we are big believers in goal-setting and think it has the power to radically transform lives. We also know its limitations: you just can’t pursue all of your goals at once.
This step is often considered to be the most difficult. Because we don’t want to pick; we want to achieve all our goals right here, right now! Letting go, even temporarily, of any of our goals can already feel like a failure. Don’t let it! Gently put aside any negative self-talk; it does not help anything or anyone—certainly not you! Instead, make a list of your goals in order of priority. The lower numbers can happen later!
Also, take a look at this Medium article by Chris Sparks. It contains some prompts that can help you order your goals well. For instance, it asks that you consider what “you would do in order to lead the most unsatisfying life?” Priority, then, will be to get rid of all the things that make your life unsatisfying!
3. Be S.M.A.R.T.!
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound. Once you have decided what your goal is—to start an online business, for instance—you need to be smart about it! Don’t just drop all your commitments and leap into the great unknown. This may lead to you falling for a long time!
It is important to carefully set parameters for your goal and give yourself a leg-up. Put a plan in place to achieve your goal the S.M.A.R.T. way!
- Specific: Start by setting a specific goal. For instance, you have a passion for home design so you want to open an online furniture business.
- Measurable: To make your goal measurable, you will need to set metrics for yourself. That’s where Pure-Ecommerce can help. We offer our clients exceptional learning tools through our eLearning Library. You will be able to work through our 10-step process at your pace. This will help you have more measurable results as you start your business.
- Achievable: Be sure you are setting a goal that is achievable. Often, we set goals that are far too high, thus dooming ourselves to failure. You can’t expect to have business success overnight. When starting an online business it takes time, dedication and hard work to get your business start. Get in touch with us and we’ll explain more about our process and how you can get started!
- Realistic/Relevant: This means your goal is something you truly care about and is attainable. Plus, it means you feel the goal will help you grow as a person.
- Timebound: Perhaps this is the most important component. Being timebound means you set time limits on the achievement of your goal. Otherwise, you might spend the rest of your life slowly inching towards it, and never fully reaching it. The team at Pure-Ecommerce is here to encourage you to keep yourself on track as you work through our process. It is up to you to work at a pace that best fits your lifestyle and ultimately achieving your goals of becoming an ecommerce entrepreneur!
It can be difficult to set good goals for yourself and sometimes you need some support as you move towards them. You’ll find a comprehensive overview of the S.M.A.R.T. method at SmartSheet.com, and you’ll find a cheerleader and supporter at Pure-Ecommerce!
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4. Overcome Obstacles
And now, as if we haven’t had to do enough introspection and self-assessment already, there’s one more piece: obstacles. Specifically, yours. Don’t worry, we all have them! None of us is perfect and we all stumble sometimes. The important thing is knowing what your own personal obstacles are so you can anticipate them before they trip you up.
Perhaps you are a procrastinator and you love pushing things off until the very last moment. Or perhaps you lack organizational skills and are often defeated by your inability to locate an important document. It doesn’t matter what they are or how many you have. As long as you can face them dead-on and come up with a plan to leap over them when they come to get you.
This Medium article contains some excellent tips on how to overcome your obstacles. One of them includes “Seek out necessary resources.” Pure-Ecommerce is a great resource for you! By working to work with our team, you will find people who truly care about helping you start your internet business. Plus, assist you to overcome any hurdles when getting started.
Goal-setting can change lives when done right. The key is to be conscientious, to be careful, and to set yourself up for success before you embark on your journey. If you feel ready to realize your goal of becoming the owner of your very own internet business, Pure-Ecommerce is here to help you make it a reality. Our resources and expertise are boundless, and we can’t wait to apply it to your goals. Get in touch today and soon you’ll be elevating all your goals to the next level!
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