How to Accomplish Your Goals

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Scenario: "Dude, just say that you'll try to be the best entrepreneur you can. You'll do awesome! High-five!" Consider telling your momma:

  • "I'll try to close 5 sales this month."
  • "I'll try to recruit an executive this week."
  • "I'll try to rent a bigger office this quarter."
  • "I'll try to increase sales by 50% this year."

Would you likely accomplish whatever you "try to" do?

  • a) "Yes! When I put my heart into it and try my best, I'll do it. Yay!"
  • b) "No! I'm not committed to it, so I likely won't do it."

If you answered (b), Ding! Ding! Ding! You = right, playa. When you lack total commitment to something, you set yourself up for failure. "I have nothing to lose if I don't meet my goals!" you say. "So, if I don't meet them, that's okay!" Just imagine, right now, however many goals you've set in this year using the "I try to's"; likely, you've nailed zippo. Instead -- to accomplish your goals, seek total-freakish-sexy-good commitment.

How to Seek Total Commitment

Seeking total commitment begins with switching the "I'll try to..." to the "I will..." Simple, eh? Not that simple; there's more -- oh, so much more. The magic pill that makes everything happen: Publicize your "I will" statements. "Oh-mutha-!@&^^%. You serious?!" You-betcha-booty. Here's why.

How Publicizing Your I-Will's Make You Rock

Aside from our sexy loved ones, our most prized possessions: Our reputation.

  • We'd rather get in a car crash than get a well-publicized DUI.
  • We'd rather struggle in the minors than destroy our team's World Series.
  • We'd rather sacrifice our homes than appear on NBC's To Catch a Predator, Part III.
  • We'd rather lose with pride than win with shame.

When you're acting like a major badass declaring your intentions, you're putting your super-cherished reputation on the line.

  1. If you don't accomplish your goals, your reputation takes a major hit.
  2. So, you'll start doing whatever that's freakishly humanly possible of you to keep your rep in tack.

Our main man, Psychologist Robert Cialdini terms that psychological phenomenon as "Commitment & Consistency" -- that is, we will do everything in our power to be consistent with our commitments. "I certainly don't want to look foolish!" you subconsciously think. So, when you tell the world:

  • "I will close 5 sales this month."
  • "I will recruit an executive this week."
  • "I will rent a bigger office this quarter."
  • "I will increase sales by 50% this year."

Likely: You'll freakishly chase down those goals, and beat them into mutha-!@^^%^ submission -- like a G that you are. "I have to keep my street cred!" you tell yourself. (And even if you don't meet those stars, you've still landed on the moon.) So remember:

To Accomplish Your Fabulous Goals...

  1. State what you will do.
  2. Publicize the sucka to at-least-somebody.

Then, watch yourself work your magic like it ain't no thang but a chicken wing on a string. Say it loud; say it proud:

"I will accomplish: ____________________."

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Posted on March 28

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