Understanding the Goal Setting ARC I

Understanding the Goal Setting ARC I

by Gloria Reibin

The first step in any venture calls for setting goals. How many times have you heard “If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to get there?”

Yet how many of us have sat down for 15 minutes and scribbled on a piece of paper — Goal, $20,000 a month in 6 months and called that “Goal Setting.” No way!

Goal setting involves a achievable goals, set down in a realistic time frame and broken down into bite-sized actions that you carry through on a daily basis.

Goal Setting includes Planning how to achieve the goals and Commitment to perform those actions.

ARC — Achievable, Realistic, Committed Action

Let’s take a down to earth example. Jim has a job. He makes $50,000 a year, but with house payments, a commute to the job, his wife, Karen and their two toddlers, Sky and Gina he knows he can’t make it. So, he sets a goal. Karen’s part time job helps, but not quite and it’s causing problems with the little ones. He needs at least another $25,000 per year in order to free her to stay home and to make it. How’s he going to do it?

His first step is to ask his boss for a raise. It takes a couple of weeks and immense encouragement on the part of his wife to finally make the suggestion. His boss retorts with “the increased cost of operations” and “that when business improves to cover those costs,” he’ll consider it. Jim can’t wait, so starts looking for another job. He scans the papers, skips lunch for interviews. Finally, he attends a job fare and is offered a job for, you guessed it, the $75,000. But the hitch is, he has to move himself and his family from Kansas City, MO to Orlando, FL in a little more than 5 weeks.

He talks to Karen and they agree that if they plan well, they can make the move that will better their lives. Jim signs the contract and now has to do the goal setting.

He can receive the extra $25,000, but he has to make a plan and take the steps that would allow him to reach his goal.

Sometimes it’s easier to plan backwards and know exactly what you must achieve by specific dates. He draws a time line.

In 5 1/2 weeks, he needs to be in Orlando, ready to work.

In 5 weeks, at least, he needs to arrive in Orlando. That’ll give him only a few days to settle in, but he’ll have to work with that.

How are they going to get there? Flying would be easy, but expensive and not in their budget if they have to hire a moving company to transport their belongings.

Maybe it’s better to sell their furniture and start anew, but that would require more time before they can settle in and he’s only allowed himself a few days.

They finally decide that they would keep the most precious and needed furniture and sell the rest. That way, Jim can rent a truck and tow the car to Orlando.

Still there’s the problem of only having a few days to move everything.

So, Jim figures out that if he’s to drive alone and really push it, he can get to Orlando in 5 days. So, he decides to put Karen and the children on a plane for Orlando, the day before he leaves. That gives her about 5 days to arrange for living space until they can find a new house. She will also check on storage places should they need to store their stuff in Orlando.

It’s a good plan, so Jim now knows he must immediately, give two weeks notice to his current employer, and begin the work of sorting, packing and selling furniture, putting their house up for sale.

Karen finds a realtor in Kansas City who has contacts in Orlando, so while the she’s selling her house, the Orlando realtor is finding possibilities for her.

They divide these tasks into daily actions, the ad in the newspaper, the sorting of belongings, the throwing away of clutter. They know they have only 4 weeks to accomplish this so their list is very clear and with specific times allotted.

Whew! They did it!. They move to Orlando. Karen scours the market and finds an affordable house. While waiting for her old house to close in Kansas City and her new one in Orlando, she has found a suitable furnished rental for her family.

So, am I suggesting that you change jobs? No, you are reading this because you are trying to build a home-based business so that you can free yourself and your family from the insecure job world. You are looking for financial freedom.

In order to gain your goals, you’ll need to sit down and write down, not only what those goals are, but the time in which you want to achieve them. Then you have to make a plan which includes ALL the STEPS to succeed and MAKE A COMMITMENT to ACTION.

ARC — Achievable, Realistic, Commitment to Action

Continue to Part 2


(c) March 3, 2001 Gloria Reibin

Gloria Reibin, owner of Advantage E-Com, likes to help people become successful.

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