A while back I did a YouTube book review on Grant Cardone’s “10X Rule”. It was a brief synopsis of how I let the book sit on the shelf for several months, thinking the 10X meant ten steps to success and at the time I wasn’t quite in the mindset to follow anyone’s rules.
Needless to say, when I did read it I was very surprised to find out how wrong I was. I write this with a smile on my face after finding out the 10X actually meant ten times. Meaning, your goal needs to be 10 times larger than what you ever dreamed of so that the likely hood of achieving it would be small. Sounds like a strange thing to say, but think about it, as you strive to achieve this unreachable goal you will more than likely achieve far greater things than you ever had initially dreamed possible.
By face value, this seems like a simple task and one that also seems very obvious. But, very few until this time actually were able to break it down to this simplicity. All the major experts in the field of achieving success agree that goal setting is one of the first steps. We are always told before we start on any journey that it is imperative to have that proverbial carrot dangling in front of us. This goal helps us plan our journey, then to keep going even when things get tough to achieve our goal.
Watch Grant Cardone talk about the 10X principle, and how you get paid. Hint, it’s about value, but also about aiming for the stars.
The problem is, very few people, very few coaches or team leaders explain to us the importance of setting that goal to be 10X what we desire. The following is an example of the road I traveled to achieve a goal that I had set for myself.
Many years ago, as a college student playing golf on a golf scholarship, I had the mindset that if I practiced enough, spent hours and hours on the practice tee, and on the practice green that I would be able to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming a professional tour player. And I did just that, hitting bucket after bucket on the range, knowing exactly how far each club would go, putt after putt from, knowing how hard to hit each putt under the various conditions.
What I did not know at the time and did not do was to set very specific goals. Not only that but to set goals that were ten times greater than what I would believe to be necessary to achieve my original goal.
You see, at the time I was a female golfer, many years ago I might add, the best golfers were hovering around par most of the time. If one were to score around 2 or 3 under par on a consistent basis you could do quite well on the tour. So that became my goal as well. However, what happened, as I neared shooting par, shooting even 1 or 2 over par, I actually got satisfied with that. You see, I was getting close to my “carrot” and I felt good. I didn’t feel the urgency or need to really go any further, try any harder, create a different practice plan as I felt I was on the right track.
Now a different scenery would have been to set my goal to shoot 10 under par, and not just once every four games but every game. Now, realistically that is a lofty goal. That would mean that if I were to play in a tournament I would constantly be 40 under par. Which, if you are a golfer and reading this you would probably be laughing right now. However, this would mean that even if I only got halfway there, shot 5 under par each round. This would mean a score of 20 under par for the usual four-round tournament.
Well, that not only is an achievable goal these days but, women ( and men for that matter) are doing that.
The premise of the 10X rule is if I were to fall short, I would devise a new practice plan, find new coaches ( both for the actual psychological portion of the game and skill portions of the game). I would keep doing this because I needed to get closer to that “carrot”. My mindset would have me keep trying to achieve this.
To put this in monetary terms for you. Let’s say that you being a reasonable person, and your needs right now could be met by making ten thousand dollars a month. So you set your goal as just that. Goal = $10,000/month.
Now, last month you made $5,000 and you start to feel pretty good. Your plan of action seems to be working. You have never consistently made $5,000/month so You begin to get complacent with this result.
Perhaps You even start making as much as $7,000/month and wow, now you are feeling really good. So, even if this becomes your best, even if your income were to stagnant at seven thousand dollars you would not sense any urgency to reevaluate your process. You are so close to what your original goal was that there is no reason to change what you are perceiving as a plan that is working?
Now, change that scenario, and your goal is $100,000/month and you are only at $7,000/month. Your mindset is nowhere near a sense of feeling successful. What this does for you is now you know you have to reevaluate what you are doing or not doing in order to achieve your goal. This may seem daunting, and perhaps even to some, unrealistic, but that really depends on whether you really want something bad enough or not.
You will never know what you can achieve if you do not set your goals high enough. We as humans really have no limits except what we perceive them to be. That is why the human race has achieved and changed all that it has over the centuries.
Our greatest achievers are the ones who did not settle for “close enough”. They are the ones who decided that whatever project they were working towards, they are the ones who kept going, even when others felt it was hopeless, futile or irresponsible. From the caveman who climbed over the mountain in search of something better, the artist who found life on the blank canvas to the modern day thinker who is envisioning a life we have yet to envision ourselves, each seeking more than just enough.
So, I encourage you to find what you really want to achieve in your life, then multiply it ten times and envision it. Let this vision drive you. Move towards this goal by creating a plan and then taking action. By doing so you will find that dream, that success, that life you have wanted, if not more.