Today is all about setting clear goals for yourself, (and your business) even if you don’t know how you will get there (yet). As Stephen R. Covey famously wrote how important it is to start with the end in mind.
Back in the mid ’90s when I was at University in Northamptonshire UK, I had a (three-sheet) poster of a gorgeous black BMW M5 stuck to the pallid blue emulsioned wall above my desk in my dank odd little bedroom during the first year.
Now, I blagged that poster from a BMW garage in my home town before I went away to College. I wasn’t entirely sure when I might get to own the M5, but still, that poster kept me motivated during some pretty dark days over the ensuing four year course. Although I have yet to own an M5, we have owned two BMWs – both black ironically.
A few years on and after working for two years at Texas Instruments’ European Product Information Centre (call centre), I started to get itchy feet and decided to make myself a five-year plan – at least an outline of one.
Long-story short, I achieved most of what I set out to do. I did get the internal promotion. I did go to the USA and work there. I did come back to the UK and become a Management Consultant (with PwC). The only thing I didn’t manage (yet) was the Ivy League MBA. Oh, and I didn’t necessarily do them in the original order I set for myself.
So you see, I believe strongly you need to have clear goals both in life and in your business in order to know what you’re getting out of bed for each day. How are you going to make a difference today, and why?
The moment I had the brainwave, (some may call it a fanciful idea), of writing 30 blog posts in 30 days, I thought I might regret it. However, I realised that the ‘goal’ was clear. My intention is to draw people into my crowd, to attract business owners keen to grow their business who believe customer experience plays a pivotal part.
I want to share and start giving back to try and help others. And you Dear Reader, I hope, are going to take a few useful pointers from my 30 Day Challenge. It means a lot to me to think you might see your life or business slightly different as a result.
I still don’t know for certain what I’m going to write in every post – but I know the goal is set and that clarity of purpose really helps.
So do please check back for the next installment tomorrow.
Meanwhile, join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag: #CHA30DayChallenge – see you there!