Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Setting Goals and Sticking to Them

It's January and many of us are diving into our resolutions with a passionate cry that this year I will stick with my goals! Wait -- didn’t we say that last year….and the year before that? Sticking to new goals is a challenge. Here are some ways to set appropriate goals and successfully accomplish them.
Define the Goals
- Create a clear definition of what your goal is.
- Be clear on the “why” of the goal which is your motivation.
- If you have more than one goal, group them into categories
- Tackling too many goals is a recipe for failure. Stick to a few key goals.
The Road Map
- A critical step is defining the how-to with monthly, daily, weekly steps.
- Put each step on a calendar to keep it top of mind and direct a clear path.
Evaluation – Practice not Perfection
- Put check-ins on the calendar to review progress
- Reviewing will drive more meaning to the goal and redirect efforts if needed.
- Each quarter ask questions such as - is the goal still relevant, how would you grade your progress, can you do other things to improve?

Celebrate the Wins
- Encouragement along the way keeps you engaged to accomplish your goals.
- Changing isn’t all or nothing. Celebrate victories with small rewards.
Example Goals
  • Business Goal:
    Define - grow sales by 5%
    Motivation - a more profitable business
    Map - create monthly retail sales promotion with help of sales team
    Evaluation - monthly review of sales results,what worked what didn't
    Celebration - quarterly catered lunch, bonus at year end if achieve goal
  • Health Goal:
    Define - Reach my goal weight of 150 lbs
    Motivation - a healthier me to be active and live longer
    Map - sign up and calendar an exercise class and attend 3 days a week
    Evaluation - monthly weigh in and review of efforts
    Celebration - quarterly get new shoes, year end a full spa day
Remember that life is about the journey. You will learn, you will fall, and you will grow– with focused intention, a plan, and self awareness you can stick with those goals and make them happen!