In the penultimate month of the year, we start to reflect on our goals and review how well we achieved what we set out to do… or not!
In fact many of us may reflect and realise that the goals we set, didn’t motivate us enough to achieve them or were not the right goal or the time for us. It just wasn’t a priority and it just wasn’t thought through in detail.
What are the contributing factors of this?
On closer observation we realise that we weren’t quite focused enough on:
What the goal is, specifically;
What it meant by achieving it; or
What had limited us from getting it before.
These things are all part of successful goal setting and the following steps will help you to gain clarity, not only on your goal but how you can take the initial steps and make sure this goal is a priority, before you commit to it.
Here are the 10 steps to help you define your outcome with depth and clarity, to move you closer to achieving what you really want.
1.What specifically do you want?
This defines the end result you want to achieve. So be specific!
2.Are you in control of achieving this goal?
Your goals are best served to be self-initiated. You can’t control others’ actions, only your own. Is this an outcome you can control?
3.How important is this goal to me in my personal/professional?
This defines your priorities of the goals you are setting. How does it fit into your bigger plan?
4.When and where do you want to achieve this goal? Who else will be in the picture?
This provides the context that you are setting your goal in and what impact it might have on the things / people around you. Is this the right time to achieve this goal in relation to your other goals and plans? When do you want to complete it by?
5.How will you know when you have it?
This is your measure of success. What is the evidence you will get (tangible or intangible) that will demonstrate to you that you have succeeded? This could be seeing in your minds eye what it will look like or knowing in yourself what it feels like.
6.What stops you from having it now?
What are the current barriers to your progress? These could include your internal dialogue, beliefs, behaviours or external environment. Being conscious and aware of these factors can help you towards overcoming them.
7.What will happen when you get it?
This is about the impact of your desired goal. Other than yourself, who and what will it affect? What are the consequences of your success?
8.What support do you have or need to get what you want?
Think in advance about what else you need in order to achieve your goal. Channeling your own resources or requesting other’s input may be required.
9.What will be your first step?
Plan what it is that will move you closer to your goal and then break it down step by step.
If you don’t get the results you wanted, what will you do? What is your contingency?
If you do get the results, what is the next step of progress?
10.What will you gain from achieving your goal?
What are the benefits of the goal? Is the investment in the above worth the success you will achieve? Do the benefits outweigh any compromises or losses you will have to make?
When you have answered the above, check your level of motivation by asking yourself:
On a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being the highest) how motivated am I to achieve this goal?
Think about your answer and define if this goal is right for you right now.
Having a coach can support you in clarifying your goals and be accountable in achieving them.
A coach can also assist you in identifying your personal scale of motivation levels and how you can apply certain strategies to be motivated to achieve.
In addition a coach will help you overcome the barriers you face that may limit that road to success.
Director of training and Coaching