Forget Setting Goals - Commit to a Process Instead

"Success = little, incessant, consistent, defiant steps, in one direction, quietly." - Mark Plummer

A friend of mine posted this quote on Facebook the other day as he was celebrating achieving his 2nd Masters, while he was working full-time.

I love this quote because it is so real and honest. Success is hard. Reaching lofty goals comes with a lot of sacrifice and determination.

Do you have plans or goals for 2017?

With every New Year it gets many of us thinking about the year the come. What we want to do more of, less of, or to continue in the year ahead of us.

I really enjoy taking an hour or so to sit by a cozy fire all by myself and reflect on the past year and the forthcoming one. I typically have a list of ideas and goals for myself, family, and for my work.

This task is extra fun when I have the notes I took from the same task a year ago. It's reassuring to see accomplished goals, even with goals I fall short on. I can see progress, albeit slower than I would prefer, but still progressing.

In 2017, I have many new lofty goals this year, and I know they will be very challenging to achieve, but one thing I've learned over the years that has allowed me to accomplish so many goals is how I go about achieving them.

Just like my friend Mark, whose quote I shared with you, it takes consistent defiant steps in one direction. You have to do it on your own and many days you will feel like you are moving backward (and some days you will move backward) but if you keep taking little steps each day, it has a compounding effect that leads to success.

My good friend, colleague, and the new Vice President of Boise Regional Realtors, Phil Mount, recently sent me this article from about achieving your goals. It makes the following argument:

Forget setting goals, commit to a process instead

Success comes from setting up systems that will help you, or force you to take the consistent small steps to achieving your goals. If you don't take time to create the system, your timeline to success is slowed significantly.

I'm not much of a system or process-minded person. I'm hardworking, but I can also be scattered in my work and my pursuits. However, when I have mixed hard work and drive, with an organized process/system, I operate on a whole new level, and achieve my goals very quickly.

I have daily goals and weekly goals. All of which compound into my yearly goals. I also have people I share my goals with, who help me stay accountable.

Anyway, I just wanted to take a few minutes to share my process with you in hopes it brings you to some value this year.

Cheers to you and your endeavors!

Mike Turner

Mike Turner is the founder and CEO of Front Street Brokers, host of a weekly radio show and a podcast, co-founder of a media company that produced two New York Times bestselling books and author of Value Driven Approach To Sell Real Estate and Agent Entrepreneurs. When not traveling on overseas adventures with his family, Mike lives with his wife and two daughters in Boise, Idaho.