The beginning of the New Year is always my favorite time of the year. I love reflecting on the previous year and casting vision for the next year. It’s vitally important that we cast vision and fashion goals through the lens of the previous year; this will help us accomplish our goals with effectiveness in the next year.
How to Set Goals, that will Net the Results You Want:
Check your Motives ~ If you set selfish goals, you’d be better off if you set them, it will stunt your team, and hinder you own personal development. That’s why you need to check your motives.
Think in Categories ~ Break your goals into a couple of categories: 1) family 2) influential 3) experiential 4) physical. Family needs to be first if you want to be successful, because if your home is broken it trickles over to every other aspect of your life and can hinder you how you lead your team. Also, always be thinking who am I influencing; and am I leading from a place that takes risks, or am I too safe.
Be Specific ~ If a goal isn’t measurable, you have no way of knowing whether or not you’ve accomplished it. Saying, “We’re going to increase sales,” isn’t a goal if you don’t have a target number you’re not going to hit any goal.
Write It Down ~ I love the saying, “The shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory.” If you haven’t written down your goals, you haven’t really set them. There is something powerful that happens when you verbalize a goal, whether that is in a conversation or in a journal.
Include Others ~ I used to have lots of personal goals, but I have replaced most of them with shared goals. Nothing cements a relationship like a shared goal. Goals are relational glue. I’ve discovered that when you go after a goal with another person, it doubles your joy.
Celebrate Along the Way ~ When you accomplish a goal, celebrate it. Whenever your team hits a new sales metric or you and your team finish a project – celebrate it, take the time to experience the victory.
Dream Big ~ Your life goal list will include goals that are big and small. It will include goals that are short-term and long-term. It’s important to have realistic, tangible short term goals, they will act as a motivator to spur you on to accomplish your other goals. In addition it’s important that you challenge yourself by having big, audacious goals.
Goal Setting is Vital to Live the Life we Want
The sad truth is that most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than they do planning the rest of their life. Goal setting is good opportunity to wrest control of your life, instead of letting things happen, goals help us make things happen. Instead of living out of memory, goals help us live out of imagination.