Know Your Controllable Goals
Diminish Your Uncontrollable Goals
When it comes to life, you need three things. You need a starting point (that’s your why), you need goals (that’s your vision), you need a way to get to them (that’s your mission), and you need the uncompromising values that will guide you on the way. But not all goals are created equal. There are some that you can control, and some that are uncontrollable.
Knowing which goals are which will help save you a lot of frustration, a lot of stress, and help you feel more successful. Before you start your pursuit of goals, see which are controllable, and what you need to do for those you can’t control.
Define Your Controllable Goals
We have a lot more control over our goals than we think. For instance, you may have a goal of meeting with 100 people this month for work. But then it seems that every time you call to try to set appointments, you end up getting voicemails, no answers, hang-ups, and a whole lot of “no”. You begin to think that maybe your goal isn’t controllable after all.
Fortunately, that goal is indeed controllable. You can’t control how many people answer their phone when you call. But you can control how many dials you make. In a perfect world 100 calls would land 100 appointments, and make 100 sales. We don’t live in a fantasy world. Instead, you have to make 100 calls, to get 30 appointments, to make 10 sales.
Your goal of meeting 100 people this month means you have to make 333 phone calls.
Some goals are entirely controllable depending on how much work you want to put in.
Define Your Uncontrollable Goals
Most goals that are entirely uncontrollable are mere pipe dreams. They’re more of those goals that if they happen great, but I’m not going to count on them.
Uncontrollable goals involve processes that are entirely outside of our control. For instance, if you would love to win the lottery, the only controllable factor is you have to buy a lottery ticket. Even then you have a one in a billion chance of winning. Getting rich by winning the lottery is an uncontrollable goal (and it’s an illusion to believe that playing more often will help you control it).
Other goals that are uncontrollable are things that have to do with the weather. If you have a day at the beach planned, and the forecast is for rain, you can’t control the goal of nice weather at the beach.
Don’t make uncontrollable goals, but they can be wishes or dreams. Just don’t ever expect them to come true.
The Danger of Partially Controllable Goals
Where we run into problems is when we have goals that we can only partially control, but we believe we are in full control of them. These are the ones that will crush our spirit when they aren’t met because we tend to think, “If only I tried harder!”
Consider this: you have the goal of being the fastest person to climb Mount Everest. It’s a noble goal, it’s fairly controllable, and you have planned it out so that if it all goes your way, you will succeed. Halfway through the journey, a snow storms sets you back 4 days. You think you’re still in control and decide that if you skip 2 nights of sleep you can still make it. Your partially controllable goal is going to end up taking your life.
On a more reasonable level, one that we see day-to-day, consider this: you have the goal to earn $100,000 this year. You convince yourself it is a need, so you keep pushing and trying to get there. It’s a noble goal, it’s fairly controllable, and if you follow your plan you will succeed. But you can’t control for a variety of variables. A big client goes out of business, traffic makes you late for a meeting and you don’t get a sale, illness hits and you’re out of work for 2 weeks. Your partially controllable goal is going to end up causing you more stress than you need.
Instead, focus on the aspects you can control (making your phone calls, meeting with potential clients, etc.) and don’t stress about those aspects that you have no control over.
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