Goals – 10861
This week Ian has been talking about goals and has suggested we write down our short and long term goals.
As he mentioned If you search the internet, there’s numerous articles on how to get goals, most following the SMART principle.
• Time Bound.
You can’t go wrong using this method. However, I believe there’s more to it than just setting goals and coming up with some action steps.
As I write this article, it’s been 10861 days since Liverpool last won the league. I could be wrong but during that time I’m sure one of the goals they have set at the beginning of each season was to win the league, as is probably the case for several teams.
With that in mind it’s safe to say winners and losers have the same goals.
So how is it possible for two people or organisations to have the same goal and one achieve it and the other fail? Anyone who listens, follows Ian or subscribes to any FTS service will no doubt have similar goals to each other, one of which will be to make money from betting/trading, yet there are some people who win and others that constantly lose. I’ve certainly been one of the latter.
So, what is the difference?
Whilst there are numerous factors, I believe one of the main reasons people fail is down to the lack of systems/processes.
As mentioned in my previous post, I decided at the beginning of this football season to give gambling another go and I can happily say I’m winning more consistently now than I’ve ever done, which is down to numerous things which I will write about as time goes by, but I truly believe the main factor is the simple systems I have put in place that sit alongside the FTS memberships.
I am an Ultimate member, and am doing a few systems from the main database, plus the HT CS Lays and a first half goals system.
Previously when I start a new system for the first few weeks I’m full of enthusiasm, constantly thinking about it and therefore do everything on time, but as the initial rush wears off I’d forget to place the bets here and there and then just drift away from it.
Ultimate bets are processed each Tuesday and Friday, the HT CS Lays and first half goals can be any day, so I opened my Google calendar and scheduled a re-occurring appointment with a reminder for each one:
HT CS Lays: 13:00 – 13:15 each day
FHG: 07:00 – 07:30 each day
Ultimate: 13:15 – 14:00 Tuesday and Friday
For the HT CS Lays, I set the games up in Flashscores to alert me at HT.
For the FHG, I set a reminder in a app on my phone at the appropriate time for each match.
For the Ultimate, I place the bets at the prices indicated and then set a reminder to check they’ve been matched just before KO.
Having a full-time job which involves travelling, client site visits means I can’t always stick to those times, so at the end of each day, I look at the following day and move them about if required. Following this has really help me work towards my betting goals.
What I have implemented is simple, but it’s made big difference as I’ve not missed any bets and as a result and moving in the right direction profit wise.
I am working to a 5 year plan, so with the ultimate bets I am only using small stakes as my main focus for year 1 is to get into the correct routine/habit of run the spreadsheets, place the bets, once matched forget about them, run the spreadsheets, place the bets, once matched forget about them, run the spreadsheets, place the bets, once matched forget about them etc.
What simple processes could you put in place to ensure you are moving towards your goals?