What, you don’t set goals? Well now is the perfect time to start!
Here are some tips I have found to be most helpful:
Write Down Your Goals:
It seems so simple, but many of us don’t do it. For many years I didn’t write my goals down either. I thought it was too much trouble. However, I’ve got to admit that I have met and even exceeded many more goals since I began to commit them to paper or now digital file :). It holds true that what gets measured gets done, so let me encourage you to start writing down your goals this year.
If you’re like me when you look at your goals from this year you’ll find that you didn’t reach them all, and that’s okay. I think that one of the main reasons why people don’t set goals is because they fear that they won’t be able to attain or reach them once they have committed to them. Here’s the thing though, if we reach all of our goals, it just means that we didn’t set the bar high enough. When I review my goals from 2012 I will celebrate the ones that I have reached and then I will look at the ones that I haven’t reached to determine why they fell short.
When I come across those goals that didn’t get reached from this year I will ask myself a few questions. These questions will help me determine if the goals still make the cut to be included in the 2013 list. Here are some of the questions:
- Did the goal not get reached because it wasn’t a goal I really wanted to attain?
- Was it a goal that required other actions to happen before it could be reached?
- What was the barrier that kept me from reaching the goal and what do I need to do to get over the hurtle?
Consider Your Purpose:
When setting your goals for 2013, do your best to surround your goals around your life purpose. Ask yourself how the goals you’re setting will impact and further your life. It may help to ask yourself if the goal lines up with where you are going in life, and if the new goal will help you along the journey. Consequently, goals that are set with your life purpose in mind will help you steer clear of projects throughout the year that take you off course from your original goal oriented intentions.
Consider Your Why:
Behind every goal is a “Why”. This is the reason behind the goal. Too often during the year we lose focus on our goals. Having the “why” written beside the goal will help you during those times when you need to remember why you decided to pursue the goal in the first place.
Set Directional Goals:
Many times we set goals based on destination rather than direction. I call these goals “Destination Goals” because they are all about the destination instead of the journey. Destination goals typically have to do with what we do, and what we have. They read like this:
Buy a new BMW 328i by June 15th.
These are the kind of goals that require balance as they have to do with the physical world. They have to do with “stuff” and “position”. An over emphasis on these kinds of goals often require us to be unbalanced in order for them to be attained.
This year let me encourage you to set more Directional Goals. These goals have an emphasis on who we are rather than what we do. These goals have to do more with increasing our health, relationships, growth and contribution, and they may read like this:
Read at least one book every month and tell a friend about what I liked about the book.
Set Measurable Goals:
Again, what gets measured gets done. So stay clear of goals that can’t be measured. Your goals should be actionable within a certain time frame.
So here it is in a nutshell:
- Write your goals down
- Set your goals around your life purpose
- Write down the “Why” behind the goal
- Focus on Directional Goals
- Create goals that are measurable
I’m excited for you as you plan the upcoming year. I know that these tips will help you get well on your way to a prosperous new year. Who knows, it may even lead you to places you would have never imagined. After all, this is the same kind of goal setting that led Neil Armstrong to the moon.
The 1: The one thing to take with you today from this post is the following: Nothing happens without commitment. Intentional living is nothing but a fairy-tale when we give up on our dreams, goals and plans.
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