Mapping Your Goals
Working for the man is like playing with fire
The richest people in the world build networks, everyone else is trained to look for work - Robert Kiyosaki
I spent half my life knowing this, but never really believing it. I always thought having a stable job would set me for the rest of my working life...but it's not to be.
In 2001, I started working for a wholesale distributor that was celebrating its 100th year in business. In 2005 the owner passed away and the family no longer wanted to run the operation. It sold to another company 90 miles away, in Tyler, TX. The new company offered me a position and my wife and I decided to make the move.
A year later, that company sold to a company in Weatherford, TX. At first, I was not offered a position with them but in the 11th hour, they offered me a management position to oversee the Tyler operation. I can't tell you how nervous I was those last few days before the offer came. I had no job leads, no prospects, and really no friends other than my co-workers...I had only lived here a year after all.
In 2011, the Tyler operation closed and once again, I was without a job.
It took six months to find another one in the accounting field with a non-profit...but with every month showing donations drastically reduced, I quickly began to realize this wasn't going to be forever either, and began looking for other opportunities.
I've been with my current employer almost three years now, and while everything seems to be running smooth, my past experiences have taught my that while I remain working for someone else, my financial future is NOT in my control. The owner might pass away, the company might sell or be absorbed by a larger organization...you just never know what's going on with your employer when you're not in the know.
Working for someone else is like playing with fire, you never know when it's going to go out of control and consume you. Control...that's the key word here.
That's why I am taking action now...while I still have breath in my lungs and a spring in my step. It might take me three years...it might even take me ten, but I've taken that first step to building my own business and creating financial security not just for myself, but hopefully for generations to come.
So now that I've shown you the path from whence I came, let's look at where I'm trying to go and how I keep track of it.
Map Your Goals!
Map your goals and accomplishments!
This is a very important task on your road to success. Whatever venture you decide to undertake (whether it's network marketing, establishing a brick-and-mortar retail outlet, or even opening a lemonade stand in a popular park) there are going to be days where you are unable to reach your goals. In fact, you might go weeks before finally breaking through that roadblock. It's during those times when you go back to your Goal Map and remind yourself how good it felt reaching your prior goals.
Many network marketing companies provide a Goal Map. It's a breakdown of the different levels within that particular company and the requirements needed to obtain a particular goal.
Here's the trick, though: you need to document the accomplishments. How? Take a picture. Record a video. Show the proof by taking a screen shot of your volume or a copy of your bonus check. Now store these in a file so that you will always have access to them.
When stumbling blocks present themselves (and believe me...they will!) go to your Goal Map and pull out all the visual documentation of your past accomplishments and this will help keep you motivated and inspired to press on, no matter how difficult the situation seems to be.