Why Anti-Goals Motivate Me More Than Goals

Burn-out and overwhelm don’t come from working hard.

They come from stumbling around in the dark.

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?

And how will you know you’re even going in the right direction?

But what if you struggle with finding goals that truly motivate you?

That’s definitely been true of me. I’d create a goal and toss it to the side not long after because I simply didn’t care about it anymore.

That’s where anti-goals come in.

What do you want to avoid in your life? There are only two motivations: pain and pleasure. And pain is often the stronger of the two.

For example, I never wanted to be broke again. This meant saving money, not just making it, was important to me…and goals were set around that.

Here’s something Charlie Munger said about success (long-term business partner of Warren Buffett):

“It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”

Sometimes we’re blinded by our own brilliance.

The most successful investors are often those who learn how NOT to lose money…and along the way they stumble into some really big wins.

This is true about business owners as well. Stay focused. Avoid distractions and doing stupid things.

Consistently move forward and a few of your base-hits turn into home runs.

Here’s another Munger quote…

“A lot of success in life and business comes from knowing what you want to avoid: early death, a bad marriage, etc.”

Basically, he’s telling you to avoid bad decisions.

If you struggle to come up with goals you truly care about, what if you turned the exercise around?

What if you made a list of the things you didn’t want.

You don’t want to worry about money. Flip that around and you can figure out how much income is required for that to be true in your life.

You don’t want to miss out on your children growing up. That can translate into a goal of having freedom from your business and so much time every week to spend with your family.

You’d don’t want to work with soul-draining clients. Describe what that type of client looks like. And create a goal of attracting clients you love.

Whether you’re motivated by pain or pleasure, you can create goals that motivate you to be more, do more, and overcome any obstacle that gets in your way.

The October issue of the Monthly Mentor Club goes way beyond goal setting.

It also shares how to make your goals a reality in your business and life.

And it shows you how to overcome the 5 most common obstacles to implementation.

Ignore the distractions. And get more done in less time.

You can try out the Monthly Mentor Club today.

You can access Part 1 of the Freedom Business Blueprint in PDF form inside the Club immediately when you join. Part 2 will be available online and put in the mail on October 1st.

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Terry Dean

Terry Dean has been in full-time internet business since 1996 and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get started online through his articles and products. He lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife and 2 dogs. Find out more about how the Monthly Mentor Club can help you today.