(Each new year, we go into the archives and pull out our goal setting series.)
If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to get there?
Have you set your goals for the upcoming year yet? What would you like to accomplish over the next 12 months? Here are 6 steps to make it happen.
Step 1. Think. Consider what it is you want to accomplish – and be very specific. Saying you want to be happy is too general a goal, but doing something that will make you happy is fine.
Step 2. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.:
Without clearly defined goals and outlining the specific steps – with a timeline – to support those goals it will be difficult to gauge your progress. And since having big goals can be intimidating, break down the mountain you want to scale into smaller molehills, each molehill having easily digestible to-dos and a timeline as to when each step will be accomplished.
Step 3. Write. Put your goals down on paper. Having them in your head is not the same as seeing them and being able to clarify them in writing. By putting ideas to paper, you are creating a contract with yourself.
Step 4. Share. I’m a big believer in sharing your goals with others (a spouse, family member or friend – people you trust who want you to succeed) because it helps to keep you accountable. You are much more likely to keep moving forward when you know someone is going to ask you how you are coming toward meeting your goal.
Step 5. Post. Put your goals in a prominent place, somewhere you will see them every day. It will keep you focused on what’s really important to you and help keep your activities to those that can make you successful.
Step 6. Repeat the process for 5 year goals. Think big! If your answer is, “well, realistically…” you’re limiting yourself, so start again. This is a time to think big, fat blue-sky thoughts.
What are you committed to? Go and make it happen!