Goal setting is something that we are familiar with our whole lives. In fact our whole society is obsessed with it.
Everyone usually chooses New Year’s Eve as their big day to set all their new goals, even if they aren’t happy with them. Often these declarations are not necessarily what would make us happy but rather what is expected of us to want.
Maybe it’s important for us to think about what goals would make us happy?
Just ask yourself 2 simple questions:
- What’s important to me RIGHT NOW?
- What can I do to make progress on that, TODAY?
Then get to work…
In the end, you should be able to reflect on the progress you’ve made and realize you’re closer to your goal than you were at the beginning of the day.
To start off in the right direction, you need to be specific. You need to have definite, concrete objectives because they will create definite, concrete accomplishments…
- Be specific: Wanting a new home or wanting a new car is not a goal, it’s a desire. You will need to be more specific than that. You must have a point of reference and know what you are aiming for.
- Deadline: Goals always have to have a deadline. When your mentality knows a starting point, it will switch gears to achieve your objective by the target date.
- Be positive: You are going to be happier if your goal is a positive one. An optimistic mindset will keep you motivated.
Think of the acronym SMART when setting goals –
S stands for making your goals Specific (Land 3 new accounts, Make $100,000 in Net Profit, etc.).
M stands for Measurable, if a goal isn’t measurable how do you know when you have achieved it?
A stands for Achievable, goals should be challenging but achievable.
R stands for Realistic, given your company’s competitive position and available resources, etc.
T stands for Time Bound, (Land 3 new accounts this Quarter, Make $100,000 in Net Profit this Year).
Always realize that the impact of acknowledging your progress, no matter how small, will create happiness.
Another idea is when you’re about 80% through your current goal list, it’s time to think about what direction you want to head next, “level up” and create a new set of goals that will get you there.
Remember, you need to be consistently making progress on things you care deeply about.
Make your goals specific and positive and you’ll be on your way to attaining them.
Understandably, goal setting can be distressing, and committing to something when you are unsure of the success is scary.
So, direct all your anxious energy into an excited mindset for where your business can go and you will be motivated and happy!
Do you have positive goals?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC. We work with successful top executives with a driving ambition to crush their competition. We help CEOs and Entrepreneurs improve alignment, communication and accountability throughout their organization. www.55Questions.com
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