Goals – How in the World do you Get There???

Leading a class on Goal Setting tomorrow, and I thought I’d share (with all random persons who might stumble on this).

Sifting through many quotes on goals, it really comes down to motivation.  If it’s not there, nothing else will happen.  Look at all the New Year’s Resolutions already being tossed aside like last season’s big thing.  I was just reading that most people set New Year’s Resolution as something they ‘should’ be doing, rather than something they ‘want’ to accomplish.    We should: want to lose weight..quit smoking…exercise more…clean better…be nicer to our family we don’t like….set more goals!

The key in making goals is that you actually want them. Once you identify that, then it’s all     about being S.M.A.R.T.!

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achieveable

R – Relevant

T – Time-Bound

If you can verbalize your goals in this manner, the next step is to write it down.  There are a number of ridiculous statistics that show once you write down your well defined, measurable, achievable, relevant, goal within a specific time frame, writing them down, and having them where you can view them regularly makes a significant difference in your success.

The next step can be quite a trick.  You must make it public!!!  Now, in the day of Facebook, twitter, my space, Linkedin, email, webmail, and yes, even Tumblr, the idea of ‘public’ may sound quite ridiculous, and absolutely ‘out of the question’.  No, the word public only refers to professing your goals and intentions to at least one paticular person.  Preferably one of your advocates who will actually make you accountable in a manner you can tolerate.

If you get this far, you probably have achieved more than your fellow resolutioner. It’s one thing to have a goal, yet another to actually find a way to make it happen; You must create a plan of action based around your well defined goal. Have your end in sight, written, professed, then work backwards to set incremental goals that aids your intentions. Not many people come up with an actual plan that executes a goal. There in lies the real problem.  Make up small milestones with timelines that you can celebrate along the way.  Gotta give yourself some snaps for getting part of the way, as long as you keep your eye on the final destination.

Now, if you can actually stick with your plan til the bitter end, oh how sweet it is!!!  Now you can Woot Woot til your heart’s content and really relish in your accomplishment!  Then, it’s time to set your next Goal, and start over again…until you’re done with all you’ve ever wanted to do!  Whew!  Congratulations to you for Your Something Great!!!

                          Get S.M.A.R.T.                                    Sample Goal Tracker     

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