MINDSET SERIES: Goals: Setting Realistic Ones & Tracking Progress

Today we’re talking about your goals, why they are so important, how to set them, and then track your progress so you actually achieve them.

This is one of the topics I find myself talking about often, so get ready for a fiery one!

*Note: This is Part 4 of a 4-part Mindset series. Over the course of the next 4 weeks I’m bringing you episodes related to your mindset as an entrepreneur, running your amazing yoga business.

Check out the previous episodes here:

Episode 149 - Marketing is Relational, Not Transactional

Episode 150 - Finding Balance Using the 8-8-8 Framework

Episode 151 - Fear & Money - How They Can Stop Your Progress

In episode #149, we heard from Lauren and how she shifted her mindset of marketing from transactional to relational. And in episode #150, we heard from Pia who shared her 8+8+8 framework to help with finding balance as an entrepreneur. And last week in episode #151 I shared my thoughts on how fear can hold us back from achieving our goals.

And that leads us to this week, so get ready to learn all about setting and achieving goals!

Why goals are important

I’m going to share a lot of tactical information in this episode even though it’s a mindset series episode, but before I get into the tactical stuff I want to share a story with you.

In 2018 I started to work with yoga teachers, and in 2019 I started my membership, Thrive (even though it didn’t have a name when I actually started it). In those early days of the membership I was 100% focused on providing marketing tutorials and help to yoga teachers. So that’s what I did! I asked my Founding Members “What do you want?” and then I created it, one piece of content at a time, and it was fantastic.

But fast forward to today and Thrive looks completely different than it did in 2019 and there’s one BIG reason for this…I saw what made the biggest impact in not only my business, but also every yoga teacher’s business that I was working with.

What made the biggest impact was setting and working towards goals.

I found myself saying “I don’t care what your goal is, I just want to help you reach it” and it’s amazing how much that shifted what I offer to my incredible students.

Sure, I still teach marketing tactics and strategy because I love it, but I don’t care if you want to grow your following on Instagram, fill your workshop, or cover your mortgage. The goal is yours and it’s great. It’s the PROCESS of working towards that goal that I have a passion for helping you with.

I’m a natural-born cheerleader and a learned coach, but regardless of which hat I have on in the moment, I’m by your side every step of the way. I might be dancing alongside you making sure you don’t give up, or I might be pushing you to do something you don’t really feel like doing (hello procrastination, I see you!) but the point is that I am beside you. That’s where I love to be!

I share this because it leads into why I care so much about goals. I’ve seen the impact it can have on your life and in your business, and I have worked hard to find systems that help not only myself but help you set and achieve goals. There’s bits and pieces of this process that are inspired by others and there are pieces that I came up with along the way too. It’s all baked in together and I can’t wait to share this with you.

Another reason I wanted to share this story with you is because I don’t want you to wait until you have it “figured out” before you start. If I had waited, I wouldn’t have the amazing group of yoga teachers I have in Thrive today. You have amazing students who are waiting for your gifts, please don’t deny them that gift because it didn’t feel “perfect” yet. Remember, done is better than perfect!

**This was also a podcast episode (episode #152. Use the player below if you'd prefer to listen to this message.

"Goal" defined:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary says that a goal is "the end toward which effort is directed." How beautiful is that? It doesn't matter what the goal is, it's just where your effort is going.

If you set a goal, you're going to put effort towards achieving that goal.

Best mindset for setting goals

Your Goal Is Worthy

First and foremost, your goal, no matter what it is or how it compares to other people’s goals is worthy - it’s worthy of setting, it’s a valid goal and worthy of your time and energy, and it’s awesome.

Your goal doesn’t need to be the same as anyone else’s and I certainly don’t want you to compare your goal to anyone else’s. But since I know this can be helpful, I’m going to share just a few goals of some of my Thrivers so you can get a sense of specific goals that your fellow yoga teacher entrepreneurs are aiming for.

Say it with me… “My goal is worthy of being set and going after.”

Know Your Why

Everyone in Thrive is probably sick of me saying this, but every time I hear I goal or talk about a goal I follow it up with “Why is that your goal?" I ask this because I want it to be a habit that when you think the word “goal,” that you think the word “why." They go together and help you so much.

It’s imperative to know the why behind your goal. If you’re trying to grow your email list by 20 people, why do you want to do that? If you’re trying to have consistent marketing content, why do you want to do that?

And if the answer to the why question is “because someone told me to," that’s not a good reason but it’s a start. Dig deeper on this if you run into it. Ask “why did that person suggest this” so you can understand why you’re chasing that goal.

The key is that you understand the specific why behind your specific goal. Sure “I want to help people” is a fantastic statement, but it’s not a good enough reason to be the ‘why’ behind the goal because it’s not motivating enough. I know you want to help people - and that's awesome - but the only way you will do that is if you make progress and in order to do that, you need to be motivated.

Let’s look at an example:

Your WHY behind your business could be that you want financial freedom. But your WHY behind your specific goal of “get 5 people to sign up for my workshop” is that “because 5 people in this workshop means I was paid fairly for the workshop and I really want that for myself because I’ve never had that."