Goal setting define success from failure. This is a critical first step because without definition of what you want to be, and without the ability to measure your progress, you will not succeed.
Goals become more tactical – specific to a degree – and serve as tools to guide you and measure your performance. Establishing life goals defines where you want to be, looking at you as a total person. It is not just about money or status – but rather defining and achieving goals that will make you smile and know you are doing good for yourself, your family and community.
Goals include but certainly are not limited to:
- Your Career Goals – Understanding the level you want to reach in your career.
- Your Financial Goals – The bottom-line: How much do you want to earn, by when, and how this is related to your career goals.
- Your Educational Attainment – Determining what you want to achieve in education, by when, and as well including specific knowledge of skills you wish to obtain.
- Your Family Goals – This is determining your overall family plans (i.e.: parent – or not) as well as understanding how do you want to be viewed by a partner or by members of your extended family?
- Your Attitude Goals – The big gun --- the one tool you have that can put you first – your attitude and it is your choice what it will be. Is there any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? If so, set a goal to improve your behavior or find a solution to the problem.)
- Your Physical Goals – Do you question the way you look and feel? Do you desire to attain a change in your health, appearance or activity? When you define your physical goals, it is important to create – and sty on – a plan to achieve them.
- Your “Me” Goals - Pleasure – It is important to determine and set goals for enjoyment and how one wishes to enjoy themselves. It is part of putting yourself first which is critical.
- Your Service Goals – Determining how you want to help others, the community or on a larger context, society and ht you leave behind is critical as well and part of your vision. Do you want to impact the world in some manner – how do you plan to do it?
To make your goals truly powerful and achievable, make them “SMART”. This is a process to define not only your goal, but to test its viability, impact and measure of achievement. No one has a definitive answer of where the concept of SMART goals came from. Zig Ziglar mentions SMART goals in his programs; Ken Blanchard did as well. Some feel it was Paul J Meyer who is considered the father of goal setting. No matter where the concept came from, it works!
Defining SMART Goals
SMART goals are those which are:
- S - Specific (or Significant).
- M - Measurable (or Meaningful).
- A - Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
- R - Relevant (or Rewarding).
- T - Time-bound (or Trackable).
Other tips to make your goals more effective
A few suggestions:
- Make each goal positive
- Be Very Specific
- Establish Priorities
- Write goals down
- Set achievable and realistic goals
And thank you for reading this. – Dan (sorry about the length – important subject!)