Brauns Law - January 2020


What Will You Achieve Today? 4 Secrets to Achieving Your Goals

With the exception of one friend from law school, I’ve never had a mentor. There’s never been anyone I could turn to and discuss practicing law or running a business. This has made things difficult because the best way to grow is to learn from others. Early on, I learned how to mentor myself by reading self-help books and following successful people online. There are a lot of successful people who are willing to share their strategies with those who are ready to listen. Through this mentor strategy, I’ve learned that all successful people share one important trait: They are extremely goal-driven. I figured January is a great time to share my strategies for setting and achieving goals because so many people are making New Year’s resolutions. This is the one time of year when almost everyone is ready to better themselves in some way. Unfortunately, most of the resolutions set in January fall apart by March. Just look at the rise and drop of gym memberships at the start of the year. All these broken resolutions aren’t a sign that people are lazy; they just don’t know how to set good goals! I didn’t either — until I learned some great tricks. • Set monthly, daily, and weekly goals. I used to write down a yearly goal every January. “In one year, I will …” Having a big goal to work toward is great, but I’ve learned it’s a lot more effective to have smaller goals, especially daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Our goals at the firm

are all weekly driven, so we’re forced to evaluate them and see where we are every week. • Write them down … then write them again! Step one of goal-setting is to write down what you’re going to achieve. And then you write it again tomorrow. It’s not enough to write “All these broken resolutions aren’t a sign that people are lazy; they just don’t know how to set good goals!” down your goal once and move on. I write five goals first thing in the morning every day. • Think in the present tense. When writing your goals, don’t phrase it like, “I want to lose 10 pounds.” Keep it in the present tense to trick your mind into already doing it. I’m working on losing weight, so one of the goals I write often is “I’m 10 pounds lighter.” • Keep your goals where you see them. After I write down my goals, I put them in my pocket, right by my keys. I have to think about the goals I’m working toward all day. Another trick I use is to make my computer

password one of my goals. My work computer locks when it’s idle for five minutes, so every time I log in again, I’m thinking about my goals. In 2019, our big firm goal was to help more people than we did in 2018. I’m happy to report that we surpassed that goal by the end of October. One of my personal goals was to finally move into my forever home. I spent a lot of my life moving around. I’m glad to finally be in the house where I can stay put and raise my family. Going into 2020, I have a lot of things I’m working for. One goal that I’ll be writing a lot is to lose weight. I’ve dedicated so much focus to my business that I haven’t been taking care of myself as well as I should. Now I can focus on my health more because the firm is going so great. Another goal we have for 2020 is to “keep the band together,” as they say. I’m so proud of the team we have at the firm and what we’re able to accomplish every week. Where we’re at today is the result of achieving many different goals over the years and staying dedicated to building on those goals well into the future. -David Brauns


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