- Written goals have been a part of Pat’s life for 3 decades
- Having goals helps you take action
- Create a plan to follow to get to your goals
- Learn new things then course-correct
- It provides simplicity and helps with focus
- Evidence-based targets are more useful than pie in the sky
- Much of success is being willing to stay the course
- When you close in on a goal, feel free to make it bigger and ride the momentum
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Hey, Pat Rigsby here and in this episode, I wanna share with you how you can reach 90% of your goals. Let’s get to it.
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Do I love planning? I have been somebody who, I’ve used a planner for, gosh, at
this point, fast approaching 30 years. I, I actually started using a paper planner in 1994 after attending a
workshop on the campus of the school that I eventually became the baseball coach at. And I’ve been somebody who’s written down goals for as long as I can remember, goals
for everything that I wanna do.
I’d sit in class and, and jot down goals for the type of career I wanted to have, and places that might
afford me the opportunity to do that. I set out goals for my time as a college
baseball coach, both big picture and annually. So, so all of that stuff, it, it’s been something that’s been
part of me for as long as I can remember, and sure, I know that things don’t always go as planned,
but it’s great to give you that clarity and excitement you need to get started. Then you can course
correct as you go. Man, so about a decade ago, Holly found a page that I had typed up and I had
actually photocopied and shrunk down to fit inside my, my planner. I put it on a page of like card stock
with, and used a whole punch and kept it in there.
And I’d reviewed this over and over and over, and it had a hundred goals on it. And I had actually picked up the idea of this a hundred goals. A friend of mine, Dax Moy, wrote a book called the Magic hundred, and it was talked, talked about these a hundred goals that were almost like bucket list type of stuff. And so I remember a decade ago looking at this thing, and I had hit or exceeded 82 of them, and
about eight or 10 of them just weren’t relevant long enough to pursue. I had put them down and then
you could see a line through them that they just didn’t matter at that point, they, I
had kind of changed directions and maybe they weren’t relevant to where I was trying to go with my life. So basically I’d hit on about 90% of the meaningful goals that had any sort of longevity.
And I’ve always kind of been that way though. I needed to get the, the, the goals outta my head and get
some clarity so I could focus and know what to take action on. And we talk a lot about planning.
My wife Holly coaches planning in our coaching groups every week. We do an annual
planning session every December. So yeah, we spend a lot of time on that stuff. And, I think
that for me, if I’m working on my daily plan, I wanna make sure that it’s kind of pulling the rope in the
direction that I want to go. And, like I had mentioned, I had set out very specific career
goals when I was interviewing, and then took the head coaching job like that first week the head
coaching job at the university, I mapped out some stuff that at the time seemed pretty
extreme because the, the program hadn’t really enjoyed much success and within five years we had far surpassed all of them. And I think that’s how it’s worked for me. And that’s kind of why I wanted to share this with you.
Brainstorm the things you want to accomplish, distill them down into measurable goals, and then create a simple plan to follow that gets you moving that direction. And if you review the goals very regularly, and for me that’s often been daily, you can see how to course correct as you go, because let’s face it, every day we gather new information, so we should be better equipped whatever plan we laid out, you know, three months ago, six months ago, even six weeks ago, we should have learned something new along the way that could make us more efficient, that could give us a clearer path to our goal.
So review things and course correct as you go. And I know it’s far from profound, and frankly, a lot of the stuff that I say is, but this approach has, has given me clarity. It’s given me decisiveness, it’s given
me motivation, it’s provided internal accountability, which I think we need as a business owner. I think
we need to have something to be accountable to. So we make progress daily instead of just kind of
deferring on things. It’s given me daily focus, and frankly, it’s given me a lot of simplicity. So I don’t chase every possible pursuit. And I’ll tell you that from my end, I don’t really set these abstract or pie in the sky goals.
If I don’t have some sort of evidence that I can accomplish something, I’m more than happy
to ratchet it back and set a more conservative target.
Now, evidence could be, it could be something that maybe you might see differently.
Like evidence isn’t for me seeing, well, hey, I saw a testimonial, somebody accomplished this, or I saw
somebody climbing the stairs into a private plane, so that means I’m capable of going and getting one.
That’s not really how it works. And I understand that a lot of the stuff that’s out there is staged and
not very authentic. So maybe for me, evidence is maybe there’s a plan built to model
things that I’ve done before. So maybe I’ve done something similar and already have a plan in
place, or maybe there’s somebody I know that, that has a plan that I can at least look at and say, okay,
that’s gonna gimme a little bit more of a probability of success.
Maybe it centers on relationships I already have, so I know I’ve got some inroads. Maybe it’s similar
to something I’ve done in the past, so I’ve got some additional confidence. Maybe it’s just being, um,
consistent at something that I’ve done, but maybe just not recently or maybe not for an extended
period of time, or maybe there’s a turnkey system that I can go follow or maybe I know of a
mentor that I’m confident in that I, that I believe in that can guide me. But the nice thing
is the, the other fun piece of this is that after years of taking this approach, when I’ve set realistic goals,
it’s usually served as a springboard to an even better outcome. Because if I’m on track, I stay
motivated. And I, I mean, I think this is the problem with a lot of goals or New Year’s resolutions or
People set these crazy goals and they go off track the first week and they never regain motivation.
And so much of success is being willing to stay the course, and you’ve got to be able to stack up these
small wins. Like I said, even back to the time that I was a baseball coach at the collegiate level, I, I
didn’t say, Hey, let’s go finish fifth in the World Series, or whatever else. Heck, the team had never even
made the post-season when I took over. So the goals I set were still, I thought,
challenging, but realistic. And then man, we, we exceeded ’em. And I’d keep pushing the goals out
further. And once I get close to goals, I set a bigger goal with more evidence and more
confidence. And then, I just kinda ride that wave momentum.
Now, again, this is just my approach, but it’s, but it’s worked and I don’t think there’s anything
particularly special about me. I’m not an incredibly talented person or I certainly didn’t
come up with a silver spoon or any of that sort of stuff, but this systems work for me.
And I think there are a lot of things that you could take and borrow from it and, and apply to, to
your own circumstances, to your own situation, and uses a framework to pursue your own goals. And I’d be really surprised if you didn’t see great results.
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