Balls Deep [Hitting Financial Home Runs, Of Course]
We’ll finish strong with short-term and long-term goals, arguably the most important aspect of being a successful CEO. Are you ready to go balls deep? Well, before we start swinging for the fences, let’s round the bases.
First Base [Short-term Goals]: Determine and WRITE DOWN what you wish to accomplish tomorrow, this week, this month, and this year. *All goals are best accomplished using action steps (third base).
Second Base [Long-term Goals]: Consider your personal values – what do you really, truly care about? Your personal values can help you determine long-term goals, because these goals are a little less tangible. Determine and WRITE DOWN what you wish to accomplish in 3-5 years. Update, update, update.
Third Base [Action Steps]: If you’re going to brag about some big wood, then prepare yourself to go balls deep. It’s not easy, but you WILL be more successful in achieving your goals IF you plan and use action steps. Action steps are a “how-to” guide for making progress towards and achieving your goals. Consider setting deadlines and adding updates to effectively keep track of each goal’s action steps.
Balls Deep [Home Run]: Home runs are a beautiful thing. Increase your odds of success by using descriptive goals which tend to be easier to grasp, and thus easier to achieve. When writing your goals, make sure they’re SMART: Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic, and Timed. Why would you just “save more money” when you could “save an extra $200 each month by applying tips from a financial blog, setting up a plan, reading 10 minutes a day, 3 days a week.”
The real benefit of SMART goals is in better defining your goal, action steps, and deadline. Balls deep feels good, doesn’t it?