I love goals! I thrive on lists and get a big kick out of crossing things off of a list. I have even gone so far as to add something I have just completed so that I can cross it off the list! Yes, call me crazy but my brain is programmed for setting goals and tackling things one at a time. I think part of this came from my parents and grandparents and their incredible work ethic. I remember many times my grandmother saying “idle hands are the devils workshop” and something about keeping busy. I must have listened and watched their example because I have to really work sometimes at relaxing. I subscribe more to the philosophy that Jack Nicholson’s character in the 1980’s movie, The Shining wrote about, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” I love to set goals and work but I strongly believe that balance in life and relaxation is key to a healthy, happy life.
This past week I had the opportunity to work with two different groups of business professionals on goal setting and what methods work best. I had presented some of the common goal setting techniques and had each group complete exercises setting goals for themselves. It is amazing to me the feedback and reasons why people do not get goals accomplished. I heard everything from, “ I was too busy”, “my goal was too big” to “I didn’t feel like it!” as the excuses why they had not completed the goals that they had assigned themselves several weeks ago.
Keep in mind that these people are no different than you and I. Life hands us different challenges that prevent us from hitting our goals. Different people handle these different challenges differently and because the level of commitment is different for each one, some were successful and others were not.
Here are my tips for what makes me successful with my goals. Maybe these can help you too. Give them a try and let me know how you do.
Goal setting questions to ask yourself:
- Is the goal specific enough? Will you know when you have hit it?
- Is it realistic? Does it make you reach or stretch?
- Have you broken it into smaller steps or tasks? Are the tasks small enough to ensure success?
- Do you have a champion that can help encourage you along the way?
- Have you written it down?
- Have publically announced it? Maybe on Facebook or to your boss, your family and your friends?
If you answered yes, to the questions above, you will have a much better time of hitting that goal. Now go out a pick one goal and let me know if you are successful.