Do you set goals for your own life and business? Is goal setting something you do or have done before?
In this week’s episode, I chat with award-winning mindset strategist Will Polston. Will aims to empower people to be able to fulfil their potential in life and ‘make it happen’. Will has worked with celebrities, professional athletes, business owners, and also people who are sadly feeling at the lowest of lows and about to take their lives. Through his work, Will takes people from where they are now to where they want to be. As well as assisting his clients in achieving goals in their personal and business life, he also aims to heighten feelings of confidence and self-belief. And I speak from experience when I say that working with Will has allowed me to achieve amazing results!
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In our chat, Will and I talk about his mission to empower billions of people to transform excuses into results to benefit themselves, their families, their friends, their community, society, and humanity. It’s an impressive mission statement. But as Will explains it, the work he does with individuals has an incredible ripple effect that affects the people around them. 70% of Will’s clients are purpose-driven entrepreneurs – people just like you and me who want to make a difference. People who are in business not just to make money and support their families but also to help others.
The principles of the coaching philosophy that Will lives by are clarity, action, and accountability. In today’s chat, Will talks mainly about the importance of having clarity and setting goals. After all, when you’re on a journey, if you know where you’re driving you can drive faster. You can keep moving forward and enjoy your journey more. Even when you find a little traffic on the road!
And when it comes to action, it’s all about how you can be more productive. There are a lot of things that can be incorporated in that respect, which is why Will and I will talk about morning routines in an upcoming episode. So stay tuned if you want to find out more!
Tune in and you will learn…
Why we all do things to protect ourselves
- Will shared the story of the Golden Buddha. When in 1957 a monastery in Thailand was being relocated by a group of monks, they were tasked to move a giant clay Buddha. When they noticed a large crack in the clay, the monks started to chip away at it and discovered that the statue was made of solid gold. It had apparently been covered in clay several hundred years earlier to protect it from an attack by the Burmese army.
- Everyone has a Golden Buddha within us – we were all born golden. But as we grow older, we become exposed to the realities of our environment, the opinion of others, and the influences of adults that we respect. So we start to protect ourselves. And over time we cover ourselves up – we cover what was golden about us. And we do this to survive – because if we show it, we risk it being stolen or damaged.
Why we should all be setting an ultimate goal for ourselves – in life and business
- The vast majority of people don’t set goals – they drift through life, floating on the river of life and let the current take them wherever it’ll take them. And people who do set goals often feel frustrated because they set short-time goals, meet them, set some more, and keep moving the goal post.
- So what should we be doing instead? Have a ‘North Star’ – an ultimate goal and destination. Your North Star might be something you’ll never achieve. But knowing what your ultimate goal helps you to reverse engineer the process to get there.
- And it’s only when you have an ultimate purpose that you can start to see problems as ‘challenges’ – things that you’re inspired to tackle because there’s meaning attached to them. Tackling these challenges brings you closer to your North Star.
Why you should strive to turn your fear into gratitude
- “It’s impossible to feel fear and gratitude at the same time”, Will explains.
- In life and in business, things can’t always be positive. So how do we, as small business owners, keep a positive mindset?
- By altering our thinking we can change our perspective. By changing our perspective, we can start to move from fear to gratitude. And we do this when we realise that everything in front of us is a blessing – an opportunity to move closer to our ultimate goal. And that enables us to feel energised and want to keep striving, even when we come up against hurdles.
If you’d like to connect with Will, you can find him on his website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Will kindly shared a resource to help us all to acknowledge the positive changes we’re making in our lives. You can find ‘The Happiness Monitor’ here.
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If you’d like to work with me to help you find your purpose – or your ‘North Start’, as Will calls it – and to grow your business, check out my Work With Me page. You can book a FREE 30-minute discovery call with me. We’ll discuss the challenges you’re facing, and talk about how I can help you grow your business.