Most of us know about goal setting and have probably read many books on it. However, some of us, especially in the entrepreneurial arena, get so busy doing, we don’t get to focusing as much as we should.
One of the “goals” I set for myself is to end each day by writing down two statements in my daily planner. The first is one positive thing that has happened to me that day, and the other is the one thing I did to inch me towards one of my goals. The first is pretty easy for me, even with all the negativity that comes into life, but you’d be surprised how difficult the second is. As focused and motivated as I am, sometimes the day just slides by me.
The first rule of goal setting is to make sure they’re in writing. Most of us think about them, talk about them, even do some of them, but are your goals in writing EVERYWHERE. Everywhere you look, you should see them. On your bathroom mirror, dresser drawers, desk top, dash board of your car etc. If you’re reminded of them all the time, they can’t be far from your mind. Then you need to see if your spare moments, and even your busy ones are concentrated on the things you’re trying to achieve.
Secondly, they must be realistic. It may be great to want to be six feet tall, but if right now, you’re five feet two inches, the way I am, it probably isn’t going to happen. I believe just about anything is possible,but some things just aren’t meant to be.
Third, they must be measurable. Somehow you have to track your results. If you’re trying to lose weight, at least you can get on a scale and see if any of the pounds are disappearing. How do you know if you are winning, if you have no way of measuring it? Figure out some system to let you know how you are doing.
Fourth, there should be deadlines and due dates. Since you’re the one who sets them up, you can be the one to change them. That’s one of the reasons the business world is divided into quarters. Goals can be quarterly, or yearly, but divide them into months, then weeks and days and then see what you have to do every day to achieve them.
Fifth, you must be specific. The more targeted they are, the more you will be able to focus in. This portion must fit in with all the others of course. If you want to lost 50 pounds, and do it in six months, it isn’t realistic. It may be specific, but not in that time frame. It might be possible in a year so plot certain actions and habits to get started. You can also get on a scale and see if one pound a week is disappearing.
Additionally, all goals need to be stated in the present tense. All personal goals should be stated “I am” and all team goals should be stated “We are.”