Setting and achieving great goals
… Whether personal, work or business
Following the topic of “Is your start smart?” in the last blog, I want to share some ideas around setting and achieving goals. The process is actually simple, even if the challenge is big.
Part one: Setting and Planning
I suggest you consider stretching and challenging yourself with big goals. However, goals still need to be realistic, but even the biggest can be achieved if they are broken down into manageable small chunks.
- Creating goals can be fun and inspiring – especially if they come from inside you and reflect your values and who really are!
- If the goals are work related please ensure you retain a healthy Work-Life Balance.
- Give yourself sufficient time to use your imagination, play with your vision and where appropriate do enough research.
- Some ideas may be just in your heads, others may be scribbled down. Crafting and writing them allows your creativity to kick in and opens the space to develop and define your ideas. Whether your preferred learning style is visual, auditory or kinaesthetic, writing and crafting great goals helps enormously. Play with the wording until it articulates precisely what you want to achieve. This is time well spent.
- When crafting the words make the goal SMART i.e. Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic and Time bound. Many people would do this for a business goal, so why not for personal goals?
- The plan should be in a style or format that works for you.
- Set timescales and milestones. Make sure this includes simple and appropriate measures so that you can track your progress.
- It can be helpful to share and create your goal with a “partner” – use a professional experienced Coach! 🙂
SEE PART TWO below
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right!”
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Part Two – Actioning and Achieving
Get started – just dive in. As mentioned above, if you divide the goal into small chunks, the first step should not be daunting.
Don’t procrastinate (which drains us of energy), be brave and make a start. Starting can often be the hardest stage. We all make choices every day – and it is our decisions in response to those choices that shape who we really are and what we achieve. So choose action. Start soon and start strong!
Working with your partner (obviously an experienced coach!) can help you get a great start, keep you motivated and stay on track.
Review progress by using the measures you have identified. If you encounter problems or have fresh insights, do not be afraid to adapt the plan.
Give yourself credit when you attain each step on the journey toward the end goal.
Celebrate when the goal is achieved – do not hold back from giving yourself what you deserve.
Share your success with others … broadcast it!May the force be with you! Start now.To discuss how to get affordable professional support in setting and achieving your goals just contact me:
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