One of the things that is inherent about responding, is that we did not give the situation or circumstance much thought before it happened. Goals are huge for me in all realms of my life and business. At the top of my vision board are the words that I have used to title this post “Set Goals. Make a Plan. Get Results.” For me this is so powerful because I do it long-term and short-term, as well as daily and for even small projects I am involved in.
- Know your values
- Establish your priorities
- Set Goals
- Accept responsibility (have versus be)
- Batch your time (STOP multitasking)
This week let’s talk about the same three questions we have been addressing. Why are they important, how do we set them, and where do they come into play with organization?
Why Goals are so Important
For some of us we have no idea what a goal is really, which makes all of this that much more confusing. Goals in their most basic form are planning for the future. This can be about or for any thing or part of your life. Generally, want to change the course of our lives in our favor, we need to take into consideration our values and priorities when we set goals for ourselves.
Goals are great for at least a handful of things — including focus/clarity, motivation/drive, accountability, measuring progress, living your best life.
When we set goals we hone in on what we most want out of life, whether in 5 or 10 years or 5 days or 10 hours. If we are serious about what we want we can be clear on where to put our time and energy and not lose focus to less important or inconsequential things and activities that do not assist us in reaching our goals. When we have goals set we have something to work towards instead of just going with the motions, settling for average, or letting other people dictate what we can do or will produce. If we set them properly we can tell where we are in reaching our desired outcomes, how close we are, what it will take to get there, and it can drive us to push a little harder, chase it a little longer, or do whatever it takes to get where we want to be. Often times hitting a goal is rewarded (or at least it should be — even with something small) and that can be used as motivation to stay on track.
Your goals are your destinations. Your plans are your directions.
How Do We Set Our Goals
There are so many aspects to setting goals and plenty of ways to do it. Many of you have probably heard of S.M.A.R.T. Goals — and I know a lot of you hate them because they feel boring or constricting. Then a wonderful business colleague of mine Kim with Life Life Positive came up with goals that V.I.B.R.A.T.E.
The main things to remember about setting goals are as follows:
- Make it something that inspires and drives you. (Or at least make the reward at the end of completion be motivating.)
- Be able to track it – “I want to be rich” is way too nondescript. Where as I want to have $1,000,000,000.00 in liquid assets is much easier to tell where you are in achieving it.
- Set a deadline – I want this by this time. This helps you stay on track, not procrastinate (too much), and will light a fire under you when you are behind schedule.
- Make it something that you want to actually reach! It is ok if it is out of reach, but make sure that you want to get there and you are not reaching for the stars if you have no intention of crossing out of our atmosphere.
I could go into what is a SMART goal (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound) or goals that VIBRATE (vivid, inspirational, bold, road map, achievable, timely, and exciting), but I don’t think that is necessary. If and when you are ready to make some changes and put goals in place you will and if you need help I am always here to help.
Where do Goals come into Play with Organization
Goals relate to organization in so many ways. First, we can have goals around our organization – how we get there and maintain it. We can organize our goals – put them in order of priority or urgency. When we are organized in our lives and actions achieving our goals becomes a little easier and flows smoother.
Setting goals based on our values and priorities helps us to better communicate why we do the things we do, why we want things to be a certain way, etc. This in turns allows us to constantly put focus, attention and energy into achieving our wants and dreams. When we are organized in our thinking, knowing and living our values and priorities , we can accomplish so many greater things.
Not sure where to start? Try this fun little exercise: Dream a little dream with me!
I would love to talk with you if you have any questions. Please feel free to share some of your goals for your self, business, team or family for 2016.
Some of my goals are:
- Completely read/listen to 1 book a week (Finish at least 50 books for the year)
- Have one paid speaking engagement each quarter
- Partake in 30 minutes or more of exercise 3 times a week or more every week
- Write in my gratitude journal every morning