Spelling out the means of reaching your goals to ensure success
Do you ever want to clarify your goals for greater success? It’s no secret that a goal is a bit like showing yourself your ‘directions’ and hence is like a road map. A goal enables you to know that you have a final destination at the end and allow you to make steps towards reaching it.
But in order to do so, you have to review your goals and ensure that you are on the right trackwithout any detouring.
Now I know what you must be thinking!
“What about SMART“?
And yes I agree: Goals need to be SMART1. But if you gave me a 5 pound note for the number of times clients have said to me. “I don’t get it!” or “I’ve got the s, a, r, and t but I can’t thing of the m”, then I would be a rich woman!
So breaking it down for you; here are some of the ways to get your goals
Use a Personal Action Plan:
Now when you start writing your goals down. It make take your time but then you will realize that your goals need to be specific so that you can continue reaching towards them.
Specific goals will let you know whether you are heading in the right direction and map out how you will know you have reached it.
Write down things you want to achieve as clearly as possible. Instead of “I want to study for my MBA” you could write down, “I want to complete my MBA by 6.00 p.m. on 23 December 2012″.
Questions you should be asking yourself include:
· What do I really want (stated in the positive)?
· How will I know that I have got what I really want?
· What will the evidence be that I’ve got there?
The sooner you get the detail; the sooner you’ll be achieving your goals:
The more in depth you go, the more insight you have about your goals and the higher the chances of them seeing the light of the day.
If you write goals such as “I want to get a new job”; it’s notgoing to be of much help, will it? Where’s your ‘direction’ I say.
Write down the answers to:
· What is stopping from getting a new job?
· What kind of a job will suit me?
· What are the other options in front of me?
· What is hindering my progress in my career path?
Chunk your goals into bite sized pieces:
The moment your goals are broken up into smaller bits, they will seem even more achievable and realistic. The main goal will not look so insurmountable. The smaller goals will help you to get to the larger one bit by bit. And best of all, it will kick start your motivation to go get it even more.
By the inch, it’s a cinch; by the yard, it’s hard
For instance, if you are interested in becoming your own boss, e.g. becoming a consultant, you must have a business plan in place, register your domain, and start designing your website,etc.
Make your goals ‘in real time’:
If your goals are not time bound then you will not feel the challenge pressing on you to get them. The small goals must also have deadlines on them so that you know when you are lagging behind.
For instance, you would give yourself 7 day’s time to select a suitable domain name but also record the exact date and exact time of day. That way it is a specific date and time. That way it will be more real.
Keep counting of your growth:
The more organized and accountable you are towards your goals, the more you will be able to continue enjoying reaching them. Because you can see the evidence staring right back at you – showing you the number of challenges you have overcome and thrived on.
The moment you write down things in a journal, you will be able to review them and compare your progress with your original goals to see that you are continuing to move in the right direction. One of the things you are really going to love about doing this is you are recharging your ‘motivational’ batteries as a side effect.
It’s good to invest in materials that will help you.
You could either do it on paper or use computer software like Google Calendar; then you can ‘pinch’ yourself to remind yourself how wonderful you really are.
Have plan B ready: when you have plan A you must always have plan B ready to fall back on. This will let you bounce back with ease and not waste any further time on going back to the drawing board. This will enable you to save a lot of time.
These steps should get you starting to use the right method that is right for you. Writing down the minutest of details, chunking down your goals into small attainable ones and learning to have plan B to fall back on. Noticing your progress and ensuring that you are moving ahead in the direction you want to; to your final destination.
I will meet you there.
To get you started, here is a super short personal action plan to be completed in 60 seconds flat. Why? So that you pick out what’s right at the top of your head right now as you are reading this article.
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