The Over-Under of Achievement

The Over-Under of Achievement

Odds are good that at one time or another, you’ve overestimated what you can achieve in a year while simultaneously underestimating what you can achieve over an extended period of time—like ten years from now. It all comes down to setting goals and working toward those goals. But figuring out how to set expectations regarding that goal can be a little more confusing. Hope not only affects the goals set but also the general timeline for achieving them.

For example, you could have these audacious goals that you think you’re going to achieve by the end of next week, and in fact, it takes much, much longer. Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, you establish a minor goal and give yourself a few years to fulfill it. Well, that mindset breeds procrastination. Just like everything else in life, there needs to be a balance.

The Highwire Act

Some of the world’s highest achievers have found the right mix of big picture goals and more bite-sized aspirations. I’m in my late forties now, and if I look back at all the goals that I’ve set for myself, I’ve achieved them. Like, where I want to live and the nice, shiny assets I’ve acquired. The interesting thing is, that I never got them when I initially set the goal but rather much farther down the line.

It’s a highwire act to set manageable goals that both push you to achieve while not causing burnout or disappointment along the way. Let’s face it, our egos are fragile.

And so, I think it really resonates with me that we need to be mindful of, not only our goals, but the time in which we expect to accomplish them. Sure, at first you might be skeptical and thinking your goals can be realized in a snap. But as you get older, you start to recognize the time that it takes to put the wheels in motion. This is especially true for business dealings. It takes time to actually get things done, to become good at things, and to see financial results. At the same time, you don’t want to let yourself off the hook by ignoring the smaller successes. Hence, the tight rope. The key is to establish signposts along the way.

Put Them in Writing

Write them down. Things tend to carry more weight when they’re written down. So, it’s important to visualize your goals and then document them.

Tony Robbins, success coach to celebrities like Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Serena Williams, Nelson Mandela, and Hugh Jackman, wrote down his goals on a piece of old Russian map. In his book he explains, “I wrote continuously for three hours, brainstorming every possibility of what I could ever imagine doing, being, having, creating, experiencing, or contributing. The timeline I gave myself for achieving these goals was any time from tomorrow to the next twenty years. I never stopped to think whether I could actually achieve these goals or not. I simply captured any possibility that inspired me and wrote it down.”

Or, take Bruce Lee. Who doesn’t love the Hollywood martial arts star? When it came to setting his goals, Lee famously wrote a letter to himself. He wrote it in the form of a promise and set milestones for his life’s journey.

The point is, it’s important to record your goals with corresponding deadlines. Establishing these deadlines can help to light a fire under you and propel you that much closer to meeting your goals. And it’s nice to have something to look back and reflect on once your goal has been achieved.

Make Your Own Luck

By using goal-setting strategies, you don’t have to rely on luck to achieve success. Achievement becomes much less a guessing game and more a targeted campaign. Creating your own luck takes patience and hard work. It means being purposeful and making a plan, staying the course, being consistent, and just not giving up.

As you follow your roadmap, don’t be impatient but also don’t plan for things to take ten years because urgency gives you the desire and the push needed to get moving toward the goal. Just accept that it’s going to take longer than you initially thought. Don’t become despondent about it and remember that the journey is fun.

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Also, keep in mind, there’s an endless supply of wants. It’s human nature to always want more. So, once your goals have been reached, set new goals, and enjoy the journey all over again.

I invite you to consider joining the Harbour Club and attending one of our virtual events where you’ll not only learn more about how to do all that I’ve discussed but also meet and work with other members who have successfully applied these strategies and techniques to achieve success. I look forward to having you as part of my community.

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About Jeremy Harbour

In the late 1990’s, Jeremy Harbour acquired a competitor of the telecommunications he owned – without cash or involving a bank. Proving that necessity truly is the mother of invention, he figured out a deal structure that worked for the company he wanted to buy. In a single afternoon, he grew by a year’s worth of sales – and that solidified it – he became a deal junkie. A globally renowned expert in Mergers & Acquisitions in the field of small-to medium-sized enterprises (SME), Jeremy speaks all over the world – even having been invited to Buckingham Palace and The British Houses of Parliament to advise on matters of business and enterprise. His commentary has been featured in the Sunday Times, Financial Times, and numerous other publications, as well as appearing on The Money Channel. As the founder of Unity Group, a firm specializing in attracting investments and creating opportunities for SMEs to scale, he has advised on more than 300 acquisitions of both distressed and solvent businesses. If it's a good deal, he pursues it, acquiring businesses in telecommunications, health clubs, spas, a music school, IT support, training, business process outsourcing, cleaning, air conditioning, and a cooking school, to name a few. With investments in 12 countries, you can say Jeremy’s business sector agnostic. Jeremy’s passion for changing the mindset of wealth creation fueled the birth of Harbour Club where he teaches real tactics for buying, fixing, and selling businesses with no experience and no cash up front. With new members every month it has become a change engine for good – helping entrepreneurs excel at wealth creation so they can be problem solvers in their local communities. Here are just a few highlights of what Jeremy has worked on in the last decade: • 1000 Active Delegates in Harbour Club • 200+ Deals done through Harbour Club • 100 Deals Done through Unity-Group • 30 Reverse Mergers • 12 Countries with His Personal Investments • 2 IPO’s

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