Goal Setting Tips
So, what will you decide to accomplish today?
The following broad guidelines will help you to set practical goals:
State each goal as a positive statement: Express your goals positively – ‘Execute this technique well’ is a much better goal than ‘Don’t make this stupid mistake.’
Be precise: Set a specific goal, putting in dates, times, and amounts so that you can measure achievement. If you do this, you will know precisely when you have achieved the goal and can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it.
Set priorities: When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals and direct your attention to the most important ones.
Write goals down: This crystallizes them and gives them more force.
Keep operational goals small: Keep the low-level goals you are working towards small and achievable.
If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.
Set performance goals, not outcome goals: You should take care to set goals that you have as much control of as possible.
It can be quite dispiriting to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control! In business, these could be harmful business environments or unexpected effects of government policy.
These reasons could include poor judging, bad weather, injury, or just plain bad luck in sport. If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals and draw satisfaction from them.
Set realistic goals: It is essential to set goals that you can achieve. All sorts of people (employers, parents, media, society) can set unrealistic goals for you. They will often do this in ignorance of your desires and ambitions.
Alternatively, you may set goals that are too high because you may not appreciate either the obstacles in the way or understand quite how much skill you need to develop to achieve a particular level of performance.
A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants, SMART usually stands for:
For example, instead of having “to sail around the world” as a goal, it is more powerful to say, “To have completed my trip around the world by December 31, 2015.” This will only be attainable if a lot of preparation has been completed beforehand!
Key Points to remember.
Goal setting is an essential method of:
You are deciding what is essential for you to achieve in your life.
It is separating what is essential from what is irrelevant or a distraction.
You are motivating yourself.
You are building your self-confidence based on the achievement of goals.
If you don’t already set goals, do so, starting now. As you make this technique part of your life, you’ll find your career accelerating, living a fuller life of accomplishments that you’ll wonder how you did without it!
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To your success
Your Coach Lionel Sanabria