Setting Goals

Setting GoalsBy Robin Stevens, Inside Operations Coach

Is goal setting part of your life or are you just floating through life letting things happen to you?  There are many types of goals you may desire from finance, trips, retirement, work and health. Goals help you identify where you are going, how you are going to get there, and what you will do when you get there.

I set a goal earlier this year to do a big climb.  I had researched the difficulty of the climb before showing up to be sure I had the strength, proper shoes, enough water and protein to complete this climb.  By being prepared it made my climb successful and I had accomplished one of my personal goals.

Setting goals requires you to make a decision about the things you actually want.  It is so important to get clear about what it’s going to take to reach your specific goal. What information do you need? Where will you get it? What other resources will you use?

Do not set too many goals at once or goals that are too high as you might find this overwhelming and too time consuming.  Small goals are preferable because you can measure your achievement and if you have any setbacks they may not be so harsh.  Be sure to set a time frame for your goal.  If you tell yourself “I want to be rich” and then just sit around waiting for it to just magically happen, you could be waiting the rest of your life.

Make sure your goals are relevant to your life.  Do not make general goals like “I want to be rich” this statement is very broad.  Set actions goals (break it down) that will help you achieve the end result - to be rich.  And define what “rich” means to you. Another example, maybe you want to be a better dad, so then the goals would be actions you will take to become more involved with your family.  By breaking down your actions you will stay focused on the end result.

Be sure you are using positive talk through this process. Stop saying “I have to” and start saying “I want to or I get to”.  This positive talk will help you view your goal as a good thing to do.

Write your goals down. By writing them down it confirms your commitment to make them come true.  Be sure to hang this list up somewhere where you will see it every day as a reminder of what you want to achieve. It’s about creating a conscious awareness not only of your thought process but also of your daily actions needed.

Review your progress to be sure you are still on track. If you are not on track, be honest with yourself as to why and then if you really want to achieve this goal write down what you are going to do to get back on track.  But whatever you do don’t give up!!  Be sure to honor the progress you did make and keep moving forward.