Here we are at Step Four to our Wrap it Up process for 2008. The first three steps were:
And now for Step Four, Goal Setting. I know you must have seen that one coming. Once you have celebrated and acknowledged your accomplishments, clarified your values and set your theme for the year, the next step is to create your goals for 2009.
I would be the first to admit there are hundreds of processes that will support you in setting goals. The best one is the one that works best for you. Here is one that I use to help you clarify what you want to work on. I am referencing the Prosperity Board in the goal setting process. One of the most powerful things you can do is create a visual for your goals, and the Prosperity Board helps you do that.
Goal Setting Overview
1. Make sure the goals you set are for something that you really want, not just
something that sounds good, or you think you should want, or someone else thinks you should have.
2. Goals and actions must work together.
If you have a goal of spending more time with your family, it doesn’t make sense to take a job that includes 90% travel.
3. If you need help from other people in achieving your goal, will you have their
If you need others to achieve your goal, make sure that they also have the same goal as you. It won’t work if you are working towards a goal that they do not want or are not willing to help you achieve.
4. Write your goal in the positives instead of the negative. Work for what you want, not for what you want to leave behind.
5. Write your goal out in complete detail.
Instead of writing, “I want to complete my degree,” write, “I want to complete my bachelors within two years with a 3.5 grade point average.” The clearer you are about what you want the better you will be able to focus on it.
6. Make your goal a stretch. Your goal should be challenging enough to compel you. It should be just out of reach but not unreachable.
7. Turn your goals into positive affirmations. Write your goals as if they already have happened. Such as “I have successfully completed my bachelors degree with a 3.5 GPA.”
So your goals are written down. Now what?
1. Share your goals only with those who will support you in achieving them. Negative attitudes from those who do not share your enthusiasm for your goal can quickly drag you down.
2. Use positive self-talk to keep yourself motivated and passionate about your goal.
3. Review your goals daily. This way you will remind yourself of what you need to do each day to get closer to making your goal a reality. Positive self-talk works on both the subconscious and conscious minds to support you in creating what you want.
4. As you are making decisions, ask yourself how this supports your goals. Will this take you closer or further from the goal? If the answer is “closer to,” then you are on the right track. If the answer is “further from” the goal, then it would be a good idea to rethink the decision and see if you can rework it to make it bring your closer to your goal.
Warning: It is natural to take detours on your way to your goals. However, if you keep the goal in mind it will be easier to get back on track. Don’t be too hard on yourself for straying from time to time, it happens. And you don’t want to be so rigid in your goals that you are closed to other opportunities that present themselves. The Prosperity Board will help you stay on track to your goals by providing a visual aide that keeps the goal right in front of you.
Questions to ask yourself when setting your goals
By When? Nothing happens without a deadline. Give your goal a deadline and you will be more likely to achieve it.
How committed am I to working on this goal?
How does this goal support my Values?
What about this goal is exciting, compelling, and enthusing?
What would be the risk of not doing this? Would I regret it?
Who will support me in achieving this goal?
How will I celebrate when I achieve this goal?
How will I represent this goal on my Prosperity Board?
What type of pictures will best represent the feeling of what I am trying to achieve.
So go ahead set goals for 2009. No you don’t have to wait until the New Year. We still have two more steps to take in the Wrap it Up process so no need to wait. By the time the New Year rolls around you will be ready with goals in hand!
Here’s to taking Action,