Let’s talk about goal planning. It’s a huge part of success. You are much more likely to reach a goal if you write it down. And honestly, without goals, you’re just floating through life with no direction.
Last Thursday, I attended a Women in Digital meeting at Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. The meeting was on goal setting included a panel featuring Aurora Geis and Bethany Reese and was moderated by Liz Simpson. All three women were very insightful and had different methods but agreed that with out a goal, you are going no where.
Reese said something that really struck me. She said she was going through life and just taking what was coming to her, being completely reactive. You have to turn that around and become proactive. Having goals is creating a roadmap with something to look forward to. So here is the break down.
- Understand your “why”. Determine your mission, vision and values. Once you have these, all the actions you take should align with these.
- Begin with the end in mind. Where are you trying to be? Write it down, of course. Make sure your goals are SMART (specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, timebound)
- Figure out your priorities. Geis described it as a T3: your top 3 priorities, your bosses and your company. Look for themes.
They talked about routines. Taking time in the morning to write down 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things that will make your day successful. Gratefulness helps drive creativity. Write down the things you have to accomplish for the day. Chunk your time. Decide what days and how much time you will spend on what. This will help keep you aligned with your goals.
When starting out, set small goals. If you constantly set big goals and not achieve them, your brain will start to believe you will never achieve goals and drive you to self sabotage. But if you set small goals and crush them, your brain will start believing you can achieve anything! Remember, when you speak your goals you put life into them. When you tell them to other people they can help hold you accountable.
Speaking of other, surround yourself with people who are there to inspire or encourage you. Geis said people can operate from two places, from love or from fear. Find the people who have good intentions for themselves and for you.
When goal setting, the more you do, the better. When you are more engaged, it leads to more commitment. What goals do you have set for yourself? Do you know how to get there? Make a plan. Work backwards. Start small. You got this.