Steps to Effective Goal Setting
To achieve significant improvement in any business, organisation or team you need to ignite the members of that team with a commitment to do better – and therein lies the kes to effective goal setting.
- You have to truly desire the goal. It cannot be a vague wish, but something that you want for yourself. What do you want to BE, DO & HAVE?
- You have to believe that you have the ability to achieve the goal. In other words, it has to be realistic and believable.
- You have to write it down and be very specific. The more sensory data you can supply the better. How will things differ from today? How will your behaviour have changed and what will people notice that is different about you?
- You have to define and list as many benefits that will accrue to you from achieving this goal. The more benefits you identify, the stronger your desire and the action you will take will enable you to succeed.
- You have to measure where you are currently and the action you need to take to achieve your desired outcome.
- Set a deadline for completion, which must be specific and quantifiable. Make it challenging.
- Identify the key barriers to achieving your goal, and work through how you will tackle them. You may not be surprised to find that most of the time these are self-imposed and well within your control.
- What knowledge will you need to achieve the goal, and who are the key players who can help you? Focus your attention on building rapport with them as partners in your goal achieving process.
- Have a clear image of yourself achieving the goal. Imagine how you will feel when you have achieved it. What will people say about your achievement? And what has to happen for you to know that the goal is just about to be achieved?
- Write it down now. Most people do not document what they want in life. Write a detailed plan, and consult it and think about the goal as though you have achieved it already.