When planning out our goals we tend to focus only on the what and how, we forget about the who. No man is an island, which means very few goals are accomplished by you and you alone. You need a team, a circle, a net around you to assist you in your journey to success.
There are four different types of people you should have in your pocket who will aid in your endeavors and make sure you are on the right track. It is important for you to know how each person on your team looks and how they contribute to your success.
Every successful person has a mentor. You turn to them for advice, to answer questions, and to celebrate milestones. A mentor is someone who has succeeded with a similar goal so they can help you achieve your goals quicker because they been there, done that. Build and strengthen a relationship with them and allow them to guide your footsteps in your journey.
This is the person you want to influence to say yes to your goals. I think of an influence as someone who will jump on my bandwagon. This can be a big name client, an investor, a co-founder, or a supporter. Your friend can be an influencer when you convince them to join a gym with you or an influencer can be the first client you receive after starting your own business.
This person is very important in your success journey. This is the person who connects you to the people and resources you need along the way. The connector is the person who can introduce you to your influencer. He or she makes the connection so you can make magic happen! The connector knows how to network and get you in front of the right people.
This is the person who is always on the sideline cheering us on. They are there to support you on your journey, there when you hit a roadblock and there when you celebrate your successes. Make sure you identify who your sidekick is before the obstacles arise so you will know exactly who to go to in your time of need. You can also have a sidekick group, which can be just as empowering. Yoga classes, support groups, or a team sport.
Success is always achieved in numbers.
As you are setting your environment up with the right people make sure you don’t forget to look within yourself and determine the person you need to become.
Far too often people focus on what they need to do to achieve their goals and fail to consider who they must become. To accomplish something you have never accomplished before, you must be willing to do what you’ve never done before; go where you’ve never been before; become someone you’ve never been before. As you learn from those who have achieved “your” goals, pay as much attention to their personal attributes and characteristics as you do to what they did to realize their goals
You are the average of the five people you hang out with...choose wisely!
Alexander, Shari. The 4 People Who Will Help You Achieve Your Goals. http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/254562.
Smith, Todd. 10 Tips to Help you Achieve Your Goals. http://www.littlethingsmatter.com/blog/2012/06/20/10-tips-to-help-you-achieve-your-goals/.