If you believe that you do not have the success that you deserve, it might be due to the fact that you’re setting your goals too low. You might be aiming for too many low-hanging fruit when you should be scaling treetops instead. Your business might be held back by your low expectations. Sadly, your team might not be achieving all they could because so little is expected from them. What you expect from your staff and your customers might be so close to what they are already providing that there is a certain level of complacency that sinks in. Instead of getting dramatic results, you are forced to settle for incremental improvements.
By shooting for a small piece of the pie, you unconsciously settle for crumbs. If you want to break out of mediocrity, you need to start setting outrageous goals. A lot of times, to hit the moon, you have to aim for the sun. Here are some tips on setting outrageous goals.
‘Impossible’ goals are only impossible if they aren’t chopped up right
Outrageous goals, from building pyramids to putting up the Great Wall of China to Romans conquering the Mediterranean world, all began with big goals. However, outrageously big these goals may be, they were realized because the people who achieved them sliced them into small manageable, measurable, and sequential parts. That’s right-for Rome to become a global sea power, it had to first train its army to be sailors. This involved creating ships on land and training their army to become skilled warriors on the sea. In the case of China, building the great wall involved small regional groups of soldiers and peasants getting together to put up their section of the wall. With the pyramids, the production and construction process was split up into many parts: from carving stones at quarries, floating them down rivers, dragging them to pyramid sites, and putting them into place.
When setting outrageous goals, break down the result into a chain of actions that need to happen. Break each action into an even smaller series of actions.
Make each fragment easier
By breaking down outrageous goals into smaller actions, you make each segment manageable. The next step is to continue breaking down the actions so they are even easier to do. This is crucial to setting outrageous goals. By making the actions you need to take with each small piece routine or even easy you make it easier for your business’s team members to achieve outrageous results.
Take the case of assembling Mercedes Benz cars. Each car is a complicated piece of German engineering. However, when you visit a Daimler Benz factory, each worker working on assembling a Mercedes Benz car does the same thing day after day. They get good at their segment. Instead of being complicated, the whole manufacturing process is ‘easy’ because each small section and small series of actions have become predictable. Your team members can start doing their share of the ‘outrageous’ project faster and with higher quality because they get better with time. The more they do their part, the better they get at it.
If there is something you can’t do well, find someone who can. Maybe you aren’t good at technical things, such as setting up a blog. Hire someone to do that while you spend your time creating content. Or perhaps your writing skills are not what they could be, so you need someone to write for you or edit your work. Fill in the missing pieces.
Apply deadlines for each section
One final piece in setting outrageous goals is getting things done on time. Sure, you might have broken down your big project into smaller, easier-to-do parts, but if you don’t put a timeline on each part, your project might not get off the ground. Progress tends to slow down when deadlines are open-ended, and failing to complete one section will delay the start of future pieces of the project.
Set firm deadlines. Time each sub-section of your project and scale it to the rest of the project. When you and your team work with deadlines, you will produce on schedule. As a result, your outrageous project is finished sooner rather than later.
If you want your business to live up to its fullest potential, you should constantly be setting outrageous goals. Your business is only as good as your goals. If you continuously set only easy, realistic goals, you and your team might only produce mediocre results.
Take your business to a whole new other level by dreaming big and setting outrageous goals. Use this challenge to push your team’s problem solving capabilities. Bring out the best in yourself and your team with the right challenges.