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Goal-Dart-Resize-SmallIt’s really easy to know what you want but how to get there can be the tricky part and there are things that contribute to immediate failure that most people aren’t aware of.  There are 5 key points that you have to consider or look at when you’re thinking about the goals you want to create. Those particular things when they’re not considered are the very things that contribute to your goals failing. If you make the mistake of not considering them, you’re probably not going to reach your goals.  In this series of short posts, I’m going to share the 5 things that you should consider when you’re contemplating your goals.

Everybody has goals—things that they want to do or accomplish.  What usually happens is that you get off to a good start with great enthusiasm, moving forward toward what you want, and then, about a month or so into that hot pursuit, you stall.  All of a sudden you aren’t moving forward.  You’re off track and maybe heading in the wrong direction. The frustration starts to set in and you don’t know why or what to do next.

Well, the “why” is quite simple.  The reasons “why” are the things that you missed; the key points when you created your goals. As I mentioned,  those are the things that are going to keep you from getting to the finish line if you don’t make some changes.   Let’s start with the first key…

Key Point# 1-Be Sure What You Create is a Goal

Many times people create what they think are goals, but they’ve created something entirely different.  What they really have are thoughts, words, just whims or something they’ve resolved to do.  Those things are fine and they can serve as great catalysts to start your process, but they aren’t goals.  They don’t have the muscle or the staying power that’s necessary.  Solid goals do.

Take whatever it is that you’re contemplating creating and run it through the S.M.A.R.T. test:

  • Is it specific?  Does it include all of the fine details?  If not, define the details and describe what you want completely
  • Can you measure the results?  If what you created isn’t measurable in any way, you’re missing a large piece of the puzzle.  If the goal is to increase your income, set an amount so that you can tell how you’re doing at any given point in time and so that you have the end target
  • Is what you created attainable?  Is it realistic; can you do it?  If not, get real.  Create something that  you can attain
  • Next, ask if it’s relevant.  By that I mean is it relevant to your purpose and what you want out of life?  Does it fit?
  • Finally, set the time for what you want to achieve.  You have to have a “by when” date for every goal that you set.  Make them each time-bound.

That’s it for the first point. Check out my next posts for the remaining keys for creating your goals.

 


This is the time of year where most people look forward to and get a fresh start.  They start off with enthusiasm and great momentum and at some point, if all the pieces aren’t in place, the momentum slows, they lose focus and the things that they said they were up to start to become just talk.  The action leaves the mix and they either stumble or fumble their way through the rest of the year making poor attempts, or the pursuit stops altogether.

Now, if you’ve been around for a while or if you’ve been a client of mine, you’ve heard me talk about all of those pieces that have to come together to make it all work.  Part of that mix is accountability.  You can have all of the other pieces—the SMART goals, the plan to carry them out with the tasks in your calendar and all of the required resources, but if you don’t have someone to support your efforts, someone to hold you accountable, you’re missing a crucial part of the puzzle.

You see, it’s really easy to create the plan and all that goes with it, but it’s not a smart move to be the only one holding you accountable, especially if what you’re up to is something that has you stepping into a zone that you haven’t been in before—something that stretches you.  This, after all, is how it should be.  If your goals don’t have you stepping outside of your comfort zone, facing your fear about doing it and living life on the skinny branches, really, what’s the point?

Accountability is most often one of the missing pieces, if you’re going to accomplish what you say you want to accomplish, you have to first of all, take responsibility for what you’re up to and take responsibility for your actions.  It’s all on you.  No one else is responsible for your actions but you.  Secondly, when you add accountability to the mix it has to be someone that understands who you are, knows what you’re working to achieve and who will hold your feet to the fire or put their foot in your rear if need be.  This person actually takes on the responsibility of supporting you and making you answer for your actions, or lack thereof.  This trusted individual holds you accountable and you step up to the plate and take on a way or state of being accountable; being liable to be called on to render an account in answer for your actions.  That requires a mindset shift.  When you look at what it is that you have to do to get where you want to go, you have to stop and look at who it is that you have to be and one of those ways of being is accountable.  With that shift into that way of being, you can take the actions necessary to get you down that road to the summit.

 

 


This is the time of year where people are making resolutions and it’s almost too easy to do.  Some times people make resolutions just because they think they should make them, not because it’s something that they really take the time to think about or something that they really want to do.  Then they’re left to wonder why they don’t make good on their resolutions.

The key to making good on your New Year’s resolutions is to turn them into values-based goals.  If you take the time to think about what’s important to you-the things that you value most and make your goals inside of those things, you are more likely to accomplish them.  Even statistics have shown us that this is so.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t create resolutions.  What I’m saying is that if you want to see anything that you resolve to do come to fruition, then morph your resolutions into goals.  Doing so gives them the muscle and longevity that they need to survive long enough for you to carry them out.  Once you’ve morphed them into goals, it means that you’ve made them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound).  It also means that behind that you create a plan, or road map if you will to get you from Point A to Point B and pull accountability, motivation and discipline into the mix.  As we close out this year and make way for the next, I encourage you to take the time to think about what you want to resolve to do and think about your values then turn your resolutions into goals and make your plans to carry them out. Of course, it’s easier said than done, especially when you get to the point of creating your map, but the process and the time that you would invest are well worth it.

 


The New Year is upon us and even if you’re having regrets about how things look right now as far as what you wanted to accomplish this year, there’s still a way to finish the year strong.   It definitely pays to plan ahead and then work the plan, but if that’s not what happened for you this year, you can still come out on top and be ready to take on next year.  First off, stop beating yourself up.  Take responsibility for what you didn’t accomplish or what you didn’t do or even start.  Let it go and focus forward.

Now, with your focus being on what’s in front of you, determine what things you can do before the end of the year to finish something that you started or lay the foundation for what’s next.  Take the steps to finish what you can and then make a quick draft for what’s next and get tasks on your agenda.

Look at what you want to accomplish in the coming year.  If you haven’t thought about it, make a list of things then morph the list into S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) Create your list of goals.  A good guideline is to have one clearly defined goal for each major interest & role in your life.  Additionally, prioritize your goals and base them upon your values.  You’re more likely to achieve them if they are.

You can’t take on the next year winging it, you have to have a definitive plan.  Outline your plan by identifying the milestones for each goal you’ve set so that you have a basic road map.  At the first of the year, come back and fill in the blanks and execute the plan.

These steps are just to help you finish your year strong and be ready for next year without any regrets.   At the first of the year, coming back to complete the plan that you started will solidify the foundation of your year and help you get through it successfully if your plan has all of the components and you follow it.  Now you have your quick steps to take to finish your year strong and set yourself up for success in the new year.

 

 


Everyone wants to be better for the New Year which is why everyone makes the resolutions for getting back to the gym, getting organized, quitting smoking, and the list goes on. But the truth of the matter is that so many people have false starts when it comes to carrying out their resolutions. They have lots of plans and plenty of things they want to do or get accomplished in the New Year, but they run out of steam before they get the ball rolling with any real momentum. Did you make resolutions for this year? Did you take action? Why not? What was it that held you back?

If you’re expecting new results just because it’s a new year, you’re making a big mistake. If your starting point is not correct, you will not get what you want. Once the holidays are over, some people will start to implement their resolutions. Unfortunately, some of those starts will be false, running out of steam before February comes around. Resolutions die because they aren’t strong enough to survive. If they aren’t turned into goals and have a plan to support them, they wither away. To start off on the right foot you need to first understand that there’s a distinct difference between the anatomy of a resolution and that of a goal. Goals are things that you are committed to pursuing, related to time, values-based and SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, tangible). They have plans created to support them coming to fruition.

Turing your resolutions into goals is the first step in aiming before your fire. You can’t hit the mark if you don’t know where you’re going. You have to know how to take your resolutions and turn them into solid goals and how to develop a plan to carry them out. Additionally, ask yourself what things you want to leave behind with the old year, and choose those things that you want to take into the New Year with you. It might take some time to get clear, so take your time and make your lists. Be conscious about what you are letting go of and what you are holding onto or creating to take along for the ride into the New Year.

Finally, ask yourself who it is that you have to be in order to accomplish the goals that you’ve set. Most of the time people look at or tell themselves that when they get something, then they’re be able to do a particular thing in order to be where they want to be. This is a backwards concept. Really, we have to think about who we’re going to be (the characteristics and behaviors we have to exhibit), then think about what we have to do in order to have what we want. So it’s be; do; have instead of have; do be.

As you begin to think about the things that you resolve to do in the coming year, remember to aim before you fire. Add the steps of turning those resolutions into goals, list what you’re leaving behind and what you’re taking with you and then determine who you have to be in order to carry out your plan.

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