How to Set Goals That Work

Welcome back! This here is another video installment from the Art Of Hustle video library. And we’ll be talking about goals, not just as actions to be taken but as attributes to aspire for. These days, it’s not enough to set goals; we have to become them. Hit the play button above to hear all about it or read the transcript below.

Hi everyone. This is Anthem Salgado from Thank you for tuning in. Today we’re going to cover a topic that has already been well covered by many other people in many other places. But I’ve got a twist that I think you’re going to enjoy.

We’re going to talk about goal setting. I think we all recognize the value of setting goals to begin with. You got to have something to work towards, and often times people will talk about visualization exercises, writing your goals; lots of things that people have already covered like I said in the arena of goal setting. But here’s a twist. And it’s an interesting one because it’s one that I came across recently reading a sport psychology book of all things. It goes like this. After you have set your goal, a critical one that people leave out is asking yourself: What do I need to do to actually achieve that goal? Too often, people get stuck on visualizing a goal, but not taking the action steps towards it.

In the case of sports psychology, and in the example that’s given in the book, if you want to be a gold medalist, then you have to ask yourself, Do I do what a gold medalist does? Am I putting the time in? Am I putting in the practice? Am I waking up at the right hour? Am I committing to it in my day-to-day procedure? And I think that’s really the key to it is how is your process, how are you engaging in the everyday activities and actions that a person should be taking to achieve the thing that you say you want to achieve? You can’t just say it, and never do anything about it. You might have to take classes, you might need to read a book. It also reminds me of resolutions and why often times people never follow through with their own New Years resolutions is because they never take that next step. They say like, “I want to travel more” but they don’t bother booking the flight or being the kind of person who would have the money to book the flight or being the kind of person would organize their schedule in such a way that they would be able to book the flight.

The thing that I find interesting too when you think about it, it’s sort of an identity question as well. Am I the kind of person who would organize my life in this way? Am I the kind of person who would live my goal in the everyday, in all the mundane details, in all the things that are potentially not that attractive to announce or to show off on Facebook. What are the things that you would do every day that would demonstrate to yourself a commitment to reaching that goal? Whether that’s a professional goal or some kind of artistic goal. Whether that goal is a personal goal. It could be anything. But really, the point is, set the goal, ask yourself, what kind of person do I have to become to achieve that goal, and then create your action plan from there. I hope you’ve enjoyed that tip. I know when I read about it, it blew my mind. It really started to make me think very differently about how I sketch out my future. So carry it with you, share it with a friend and tune back in at for more tips and info. Thank you so much.

What do you think? What are your goals? And who do you have to become to accomplish them? Please share your reactions below. Have friends or colleagues that could use a new way of looking at goal setting? Go ahead and use the ‘share’ buttons below to show them this post. Thank you!
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2 responses to “How to Set Goals That Work”

  1. bjr says:

    hey anthem, belated big salamats for this post. i am wondering if the thing not being explicitly stated here, as pertains to artists, is that so many artists still invest in the myth that we will be “discovered,” because in our minds we create art that is “authentic” and above judgment, and that it simply must be shared with the world.

    i can tell you from experience that emerging writers have asked me what i do, what we must do to nail that bomb-ass book contract or that award, and then after i tell them what i know about time to write and edit, and hard work and revision revision revision and researching the publishing industry for the right presses, and querying, and submissions process, i rarely hear from them again. and then i’m a ‘careerist.’ and then, rather than people asking me what we must do for those contracts and awards, these days i am more so asked whether i can hook them up with agents, publishers, editors, etc.

    i take this to mean the hard work isn’t something they believe they have to commit to.

    i really am confused as to why goal setting and follow thru seems so daunting and impossible.

    • One hundred and fifty million percent agree, Barbara. Seems like one of the top recurring obstacles I run into as someone advocating for career dev for artists is identity itself. A lot of folks, trapped in the out-of-date image of the artist, simply don’t think they have to grind. And consequently, count themselves out of a lot of opportunities.

      Heck, ya can’t change everybody. Or anybody, some might say. At least we’re available for and appreciated by those who deem themselves properly fit and ready to make the moves.

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