I went from being over £120,000 in debt in 2010 and a sizeable mortgage to boot, to building up a seven-figure business in 2019.
And I truly believe this would not have been possible without one crucial element.
It’s something that I think is fundamental for anyone who is looking to achieve great success in their life: goals.
In this series of blogs, we are going to dive deep into understanding the power that goals can have in life. We will be looking at what goals mean, why they are so important, and how you can start setting your own goals to accomplish incredible things.
For me, it all started way back, with a Brian Tracy cassette training programme…
Write down 10–12 goals every day
The programme was all about goal setting and explained that you should write down 10–12 goals every day without referring back to them, and keep it up day after day.
The idea is that the goals that are really important to you will make the list day after day and rise to the top like cream.
They will be your go-to goals. It might be a car, an income, or in my case, it was running the London Marathon in 2005.
I wrote that goal down in 2004. Back then, running more than 200 yards would have me kneeling over and throwing up; but the crazy thing is, in 2005, a sweaty and rather exhausted Doug Bennett crossed that finish line, with only one tiny toenail missing!
The 59p notebook
So, I started writing all of my goals down in a little 59p red notebook. But the thing is, the little booklet got tucked away somewhere, and I soon forgot all about it…for seven years.
One day, this little notebook full of goals resurfaced and, after reviewing the goals I had written down for old times’ sake, I was amazed to find that I had completed 10 out of the 11 goals!
I thought to myself, “Crikey Doug, that’s worked without you actually even following up with them consciously!”
I figured there’s got to be something powerful about setting goals, and that’s when I learned a very valuable lesson. A lesson that, through these blogs, I hope to share with you too.
Goals open the door to new opportunities
When you set goals and write them down (more on writing goals down in another blog), it connects with your subconscious, and you start to see some amazing things happen. New information comes your way, which leads to new opportunities.
These opportunities have always been there, but they are difficult to see unless you know what to look for.
Through these blogs, I want to show you how you can start programming your subconscious to spot these opportunities, so you can live the best life possible. You deserve it, after all!
Goals can see you through the tough times
The thing is, life can be a struggle sometimes, but goals can give you the focus and the drive to see the bigger picture and get through it.
For me, that was back in 2008, during the global financial crisis. My business was on its backside, and I was on the edge of financial oblivion, ready to go bankrupt. In 2010, I had to do something about it.
Once again, setting goals saved me. I checked how far I had progressed on the goals that I’d already accomplished and just started moving the goalposts. I increased my income target to £100,000 of profit a year and hit it. Since then, I’ve gradually increased it to the point where my business sold for seven figures in 2020.
Anyone can accomplish amazing things
Now, I’m just a normal person. I’ve got two arms, two legs, a half-decent brain and a very dry sense of humour. However, by applying goals to my life and following through with them, I have accomplished some extraordinary things, and so can you!
That’s why I’m writing these blogs. I want to show you that anyone out there can accomplish extraordinary feats by setting goals and having the desire to follow through with them.
I want to share the lessons I have learnt over the last 10 years to hopefully help you achieve some of the things you may think are impossible now, but are actually very achievable.
Over this series of articles, I will be sharing my tips and top tricks to setting and, more importantly, achieving your goals.
This isn’t rocket science, but you need to frame your goals correctly to turn them into a reality, and that’s what I’m going to help you do. Though you won’t only hear it from me.
I’ll also be sharing some truly inspiring, inspirational and really useful stories of industry experts in order to hear their take on goal setting and how they got what they wanted out of life.
The madness of goals
We’re all so much more capable than we ever give ourselves credit for; we just need a little bit of direction and belief that we can get there.
I’ll be honest with you, achieving goals doesn’t happen overnight. Some people spend their entire lifetimes trying to achieve their goals, but with a few tricks, the right coaching and a solid focus, there’s no reason why you can’t achieve things in five years that would otherwise take a lifetime. That’s the madness of it all!
I look forward to sharing more on goals with you next week.
If you’re keen to learn more about goal setting, seizing on opportunities or just getting the most out of life, I’d love to hear from you.