Now is not the time to be afraid, but we must embrace goal setting. Most people shy away from it simply because it is huge! Goal setting is extremely meaningful and if used correctly, can provide lots of value. Even though the word is only 4 letters, it’s like a huge punch to your face because either you meet them or you don’t. So, how can you make this better?
One of my favorite words to describe goal setting is intention. You must be intentional with setting goals because if you don’t, you’ll fall subject to what some call “shiny object syndrome.” This happened to me in 2015 as I was just beginning to “own my life” as I call it. I identified goals that I wanted to accomplish at the time, but there was so much clutter surrounding my goals as I felt they didn’t align with me authentically. My goals included things like a new house, car, mattress, etc. In other words, it was all “shiny objects.” Those goals were not accomplished. I was not being intentional with my persona. It really was a hot mess! Not until Feb 2017 did I attempt to perform goal setting again. I mean, the first time was horrible and quite frankly disappointing. However, like most entrepreneurs do, you dust yourself off and try again. So, let me tell you why it was different this time.
This time the stakes were higher. This time I had more to lose. This time was literally live or die … at least that’s how it felt. You see, 2015-2017 was a growing period for me. And I grew a lot! I submersed myself in personal development in every way possible. I got a library card and checked out books in which I hadn’t done in over 10 years. I also checked out audiobooks and turned my car into “automobile university.” What I realized was that I had so much more to learn about life, what I wanted, and who I wanted to become. So, here I was 30 yrs. old and back in school again. It was ALL on me this time! I gravitated to the teachings of Les Brown, John Maxwell, and Zig Ziglar, but there was one gentleman who really resonated with me. He spoke to me in ways that I listened ever so closely. Every ounce of time I could put headphones in were dedicated to his voice. His recordings. His videos. I just couldn’t get enough. When I first heard him say, “Write in your journal,” or “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” I was changed! You must know who I’m talking about at this point, right? None other than Jim Rohn.
Jim Rohn became a mentor in my head. He spoke about goal setting quite often in his recordings years ago. It was because of him that I valued myself. I valued life, what I wanted, and who I wanted to become. It became very clear what my goals needed to be and a plan started to formulate in my mind. I set a personal, business, and health goal for myself and began to tack them one by one. I started with my health goal first as I wanted to get in the best shape of my life and maintain it. My personal goal consisted of becoming a better Jennifer to those around me. I became more vulnerable and opened myself up to receive as well as give. I consider myself a giver and sometimes it’s hard for me to receive from others. My business goal has been in progress of all of 2017. I told myself it was time. The MJW Group was born!
I share all of this with you in hope it will inspire you to set goals. As for me, I was not where I needed to be to set goals back in 2015, but grew into it. It was necessary to take a step back to progress forward. Now, I feel so much better about the value I bring to my life and others’ lives. Give it a try! Intentionally put yourself in a vulnerable state to dig down deep on what you really want out of life and for yourself.
Keep me posted on your progress!