How to Improve
Your Goal Setting Skills
Life is a journey. Not
just any journey, but the most fantastic journey in the
universe. Life is a journey from where you are to where you
want to be. You can choose your own destination. Not only
that, you can choose how you are going to get there. Goal
setting will help you end up where you want to be.
- When it comes to setting
goals, start off with what's important to you in life.
Take out a sheet of paper. Sit quietly, and on that sheet
of paper, brainstorm what you want to accomplish between
now and the end of your life.
- Second step-use another
sheet of paper, and this time consider yourself and your
personal goals for the next 12 month period. Some key
areas in which you might set personal goals include:
family, personal growth, financial, health, social,
career, hobbies, spiritual, and recreation. Write down the
things that you plan to accomplish or achieve or attain
during this one-year period?
- Now, as a third step, go
back and compare the two goal lists you have made. Make
sure that the items on your short-term list will, as you
attain them, be helping you attain your long-term or
lifetime goals. It is important that what you are doing
short term is taking you in the right direction toward
your lifetime goals. Please rewrite your short term goals
now if you need to.
- As a next step, looking at
the goals that are on your list at this time, if there are
any that you are not willing to pay the price for, go
ahead and cross them out, leaving only those items you are
willing to cause to happen in your life. This does not
necessarily mean you have the money or the other resources
for attaining the goal right now. However, when you do
have it, would you spend it on or trade it for the goals
you have on your list?
- Now, on still another
sheet of paper, create the job goals that are important to
you during this upcoming 12-month period. Identify what
outcomes you wish to attain or achieve during this
one-year period in your specific area of responsibility
- Some key areas in which
you might consider writing job goals, if you did not
already, include: quality, quantity, cost control, cost
improvement, equipment, procedures, training, sales,
financial, and personnel.
- As a next step, look for
the blending between your job or work goals and your
personal goals. Anywhere you notice that you are attaining
a goal on the job while at the same time you are attaining
a personal goal, note this relationship: it is in these
areas you will be most highly motivated.
- For each of the three
lists that you have just created, take an additional sheet
of paper and list the activities that you must do to
attain the most important goal that you have on each of
- Now on another piece of
paper titled "Things To-Do List" identify from the
activities you just listed, the ones that you must do
tomorrow to move you toward your most important goal.
- Rewrite your goals in
these categories at least every three months.
- The only thing in life
that is constant is the fact that everything is changing.
It makes sense that our goals will change as we change.
- Recognize how focusing on
what you do want, what you do intend to accomplish, also
defines what you choose not to do in your life.
- Daily rewrite your list of
"Things To-Do" after first reviewing your desired goals.
- Success is defined as "the
progressive realization of a worthwhile goal." If you are
doing the things that are moving you toward the attainment
of your goal, then you are "successful" even if you are
not there yet.
- Every step along the way
to achieving a goal is just as important as the last step.
- It is not the achieving of
a goal that is so important, it is what you become in the
- Set goals with your family
also. Help children learn this process early in life.
- Decide what you should be
accomplishing and then stick to your knitting. Do not
attempt to be or do all things for all people.
- Dreams and wishes are not
goals until they are written as specific end results on
- Written specific goals
provide direction and focus to your activities. They
become a road map to follow.
- Being busy with activities
does not pay, only results do. As in baseball you only get
points for getting to the goal of home plate. Just making
it to the bases does not count.
- It has been said that the
amount of information available to us is now doubling in
less than 30 months. We must learn to focus on only what
is truly important to our self and our job.
- Be sure the goals and
activities that you are working for are yours and that you
really want and desire to achieve them. The commitment is
vital to your success in achieving them.
- When you have a goal that
is exciting to you, the life energy flows through you. You
are excited about accomplishing it because it is
- Create a time line or
matrix chart on which you display your goals visually and
the dates when you will have them accomplished.
- Continually look for ways
to integrate or blend personal and professional goals.
- Setting a goal, that you
believe is unattainable will result in frustration. To be
challenging and motivating, goals must be perceived as
realistic and attainable.
- Those people with dreams
are the ones most likely to experience them.
- Set goals carefully for
you will attain them. This also means if you set none, you
will attain that.
- Goals, when thoughtfully
set, can provide strong motivational direction.
- Clear cut, understandable
and realistic objectives leading to the goal help to
maintain the sense of realism and the hope of attainment
of the goal.
- Establish measurement
criteria to monitor progressive movement toward your goal.
Then you will experience progress.
- Set goals that you will be
proud to have achieved, then sense your having completed
- Have a vision that you
know is unquestionably right and you will be internally
driven to achieve that vision.
- A goal is "reasonable"
when you can see the entire process needed to get to its
- Good planning assists in
sensing reasonableness of challenging goals.
- Use picture goals.
- Develop an emotional
reason why you should attain your goal.
How to To
Jump Start the New Year
The following coaching tips
are intended to help you clear out the old and to bring in
the new! Get ready for your best year ever; make all your
dreams come true!
1. Spend the
last days of the year, even the entire month of December,
cleaning up your incompletions and tolerations.
the practice of saying NO to things you don't want to do.
your top energy drainers and eliminate them.
blocks which keep you from achieving your goals and making
5. Get your
needs met once and for all, then you can focus on what you
6. Get that
there is a flow to life. Trust and surrender to it.
7. Set goals
for the New Year based on your true values.
what beliefs hold you back. Refashion those beliefs to
Incorporate three new daily self-care habits into your life.
10. Get a
picture in your mind of having what you want. Think thoughts
to create it.