Goals: Your Roadmap to Getting What You Want

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“If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.”
– Yogi Berra

Are you like most people who make New Year’s resolutions? You may recall that you set some New Year’s resolutions last year. . .but they were long forgotten. Or perhaps, you didn’t set any new goals to achieve this past year. If you did identify a goal, did you achieve it? If someone asked you six months from now what your New Year’s resolutions were for this year, would you remember them?
Are your goals big and bold? Long-term, future oriented? If not, you may not have the inner motivation you’ll need to achieve them.

“In the absence of clearly defined goals,
we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.”
– Author Unknown

Are you working towards a specific goal? Or, are you wishing something would happen? A wish changes nothing. A commitment along with action changes everything. Successful people are quick to point out that unwritten goals are just wishes. They know that achieving goals requires more than just wishful thinking.

Read any book on success, or talk to high achieving people and you’ll hear the same message:
Setting Goals + Taking Action = Success.

It sounds simple doesn’t it? But if it is that simple, why aren’t more people successful in realizing their goals? One reason is that many people simply don’t write down their goals, instead relying on their memory to track several goals. Over time, and in the busyness of daily living, goals get forgotton.

“The time for action is now.
It’s never too late to do something.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Becoming goal-oriented requires commitment. Are you ready to take ten minutes of your time right now to set some goals for this year? Don’t delay! Get a piece of paper and pen now and answer these questions:

Reflect on this past year.
1) The most significant contributions I made in my work/family/personal life were:
2) The one thing I would have liked to achieve this last year was:
3) The biggest learning experience I had this last year was:

Set specific career goals for this year.
Imagine yourself one year from now. If you were wildly successful, what would you be experiencing in your work life one year from now?
1) The top three things I will accomplish in the next year:
2) The top two or three skills that I am developing this year in order to achieve my goals:
3) The next step(s) I am taking towards achieving my goal(s):

Identify your dream goals.
Identify a long term goal or dream you have. Imagine yourself with unstoppable confidence as you take action towards creating your dream.
1) If I had more money, confidence, and/or support, I would achieve the following goal(s):
2) The dream that I’d like to achieve is:
3) The actions that I am committed to taking this year towards creating this dream goal are:

Post this list of goals in a place where you will see it every day. Commit to taking action towards your goals. Next, take action! Review your goals and actions on a daily basis, and make adjustments and identify new actions as needed. Then, take action… review…. and take more action!

Is There a Purpose Behind Your Actions?

Are you feeling good about your work – and your company?

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
– Herman Melville

Take a few minutes to remember . . .
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Goal Setting: The S.M.A.R.T. Way

“We want to set the goals that our heart conceives, that our mind believes and that our bodies will carry out.”
Jim Rohn
Business Philosopher

What would you try to accomplish,
if you knew that you could not fail?

People who are successful at work know there is always time for what matters to them. They spend their time wisely, knowing their life is a matter of the choices they make.

At work, the best performers focus on results, on their goals, rather than accepting whatever comes their way. They are action-oriented, while others just talk of taking action. They plan each day, while others don’t plan. They are self-motivating, while others simply wait for someone or something to motivate them.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Goals are more likely to be achieved if they are written down. The SMART method provides a structure for creating your written plan. The acronym SMART has several slightly different variations, here’s one of them:

Specific
A goal is more likely to be reached when it is specific. To set a specific goal, answer the five “W” questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why. What is your overall vision for successful completion of this goal? Write your goal statement as a first step towards achieving your goal.

Measurable

Is your goal measurable? How will you know when it is accomplished. Ask yourself ” how much?” and “how many” in order to measure your progress. Measurable goals will help you stay on track and reach your target goals.

Achievable
Is your goal achievable? Once you identify a goal and begin to take action towards the goal, the capacity to reach your goal starts to show up. You develop the abilities and skills to accomplish the goal. Opportunities and resources become available to help you achieve your goals. Achievers know that they can accomplish almost any goal once they create a written plan and take the actions towards their goal.

Relevant

Do your specific goals help you achieve your larger goals (your purpose and mission)? Do you believe that you can accomplish the goal? Are you willing and able to work towards the goal? Can you find the resources, knowledge and time to work towards the goal? Are you highly motivated towards accomplishing the goal?

Time Based
A goal should be time-based. Without a time line attached to the goal, there is no sense of urgency. Yet too much time can lower your performance. Identify the actions that you need to take in order to achieve your goal and assign a timeline to each action.