When you define a goal and ready yourself to commit to the time and energy it will take to achieve it… remember to consider how your efforts are going to be affecting the people in your life. And this isn’t a totally unselfish, “thinking of others” act. You’re going to need their encouragement and support.
So what can you do? How can you get friends, family, and colleagues to endorse and sign off on your goal?
1. Inform them.
Be open and candid with them about what you want to do.
2. Acknowledge them.
Encourage their support by acknowledging that you need them – that their cooperation will be helpful… even vital.
3. Explain what’s in it for them.
Tell them how they’ll be rewarded when you achieve your goal. If, for example, your goal is to get a side business started, explain to your spouse and kids how that second stream of income will give you the ability to update the family car or provide them with more options for the next family vacation.
4. Appreciate them.
Be respectful of what is going on in their lives. Offer assurances that their routines are important to you, and that your intention is to minimize any interference in the achievement of their goals.