WASHINGTON, January 12, 2015 – We hear the word “goals” often at the start of each New Year. It’s a word that has different impacts on different people. Some people like to begin year with a list of goals, so they start writing down the things they want to accomplish.
Some hear the term “goal” so often, it loses meaning for them, and they don’t bother. Still others find it overwhelming to think about goals, get stuck and give up. And then there are those who get that blank look on their faces. You know that look. It’s like a vaguely defined “black hole” of the mind.
Whatever your current situation might be regarding 2015 goals, I believe that setting goals throughout the year is important, particularly at the beginning of the year, in order to get off to a strong start. The benefit of setting goals is that it concurrently sets a direction. Goals help us prioritize, and they give us action steps to take. They give us clarity and focus.
One goal setting method I have found very successful for myself and for clients is to think back from the end point. For example, set realistic long-term and short-term goals. Set a time you would like to reach the goal…say six months. Next, plan the steps to reach that goal….Month one I need to call “so and so”… Month two I need to…. In practice, this works great for personal and professional goals alike.
Ask yourself, “What do I need to put into place to reach the goal? Do I need to do any research? Do I need to involve anyone else to help me accomplish this goal?” Continue from there.
Many people use what’s called the SMART method:
I would like to add to that by starting with a vision and then planning and strategizing to achieve that vision, you will successfully reach your final goal. What locks in a 95% success rate for reaching those goals is to have values-driven goals and a person to be accountable to when striving to achieve them.
When your goals are values-driven, they have meaning to you. Our values are who we are at our core. Attaching a value of yours to a goal is crucial. For example, health is an important value to me. The action step I take to accomplish this is to exercise four times a week. I then email my coach, who I am accountable to, to let her know I did it. This works like a charm!
It’s not that we don’t know what to do. We generally do at our core. But accountability is priceless. When my clients have a homework assignment from me to lock in their learning from our coaching session, I have them leave me a voice message or email that just says “did it.”
I don’t ask them to do this simply to add more work to their plate. It has a greater purpose. Being accountable to someone beside yourself encourages an individual to step up instead of slacking off which, as we all know, is easy to do.
At years’ end, when I meet with clients, I have them look back on the year and reflect on what they have accomplished. It’s important for them and for us to internalize our successes. In a society of chase and conquer, we often accomplish a goal and move onto the next goal without internalizing our accomplishment or celebrating our success. That’s psychologically counterproductive.
We need to take the time to enjoy the feeling of success that comes from reaching our goal or goals, no matter how big or how they may seem. As for those goals that haven’t been met, we evaluate whether they remain a goal and what priority that goal might take in the next New Year.
So what are you goals for 2015? What do you want your year to look like? Now’s the time to answer those questions for this calendar year.
For more Information Contact:
Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC
Certified Business, Life & Leadership
Focusing on Confidence & Resilience Strategies, Life & Career Transition, & Business & Leadership
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