There's always lots of talk about goals as each new year comes around. Goals can really help you to focus on what's important and set up a plan for you to work towards. But you can benefit from setting goals anytime. They could be New Year goals for you, but equally they can be goals about you family, a project, your work, your job, your business and you can set them anytime. So here's your very own 12 Point Goal Setting Checklist. Good Luck.
Author of the great book Ready Set Goal, Wendy Buckingham, shares these key reasons for why setting goals is important.
Having goals means that we direct events in our lives rather than having events direct us.
- Goals define and measure our success.
- Goals can end the cycle of ever-repeating New year's resolutions.
- Setting and achieving the right goals results in success and confidence to go forward to even bigger things.
"If you don't have your own goals, chances are you are just a cog in the wheel of someone else's. Is that OK with you?"
Here's Your Checklist for Setting Strong and Powerful Goals
1. Make your Goals Specific and Measurable.
Wishy Washy Example - I'm going to start a contract business and make lots of money.
Specific Example - I'm going to start a hay contracting business and make a profit of $10,000 in the first season.
2. Keep Your Goal Short and to the Point.
Wishy Washy Example - I am going to lose 10 kgs by Xmas by eating less and exercising more, so I look great when we go on holidays in January.
Specific Example - I'm going to lose 10 kgs by Xmas this year.
3. Write Your Goals Down (and always include a date)
Yes its true. Those who write their goals down achieve them far more often than those who don't.
4. Make Sure Your Goals are Challenging and Inspirational
Make sure your goal has stretch, this means you have to work to achieve it. Success will be sweeter.
5. Be Careful of Choosing Goals that are Just Pipe Dreams.
Goals need to have a base in reality - otherwise they will lead to failure and disappointment. Yeps there's a balance to be met here. And it's your perception and yours alone as to whether your goal is realistic and achievable. So set it and GO FOR IT!
6. Make Sure You Know WHY You Want the Goal.
Think though reasons as to why you want to achieve this goal. These questions will help....
- Why do i want this goal?
- What will I have when I achieve it?
- What will i have proved?
And if there is no reason that really turns the light on for you - why have the goal?
7. The Reasons You Want Your Goal Don't all Have to be Big, Visionary and Unselfish.
Motivators for your goals can often be small - small things can make a big difference!
8. Own Your Goal.
Make sure your goal is something YOU really want. make sure you aren't just going along with someone else's idea or to please someone else.
9. Watch Out for Career Goals that are "Shoulds" or "Aughts".
Just because you got top marks at school, doesn't mean you HAVE to be a nuclear physicist.
10. Don't Rely on Someone Else to Achieve Your Goal.
Ask yourself: "Is the goal something I am in control of and can achieve by my own efforts?" If you're riding on the back of someone else's idea, ambition, inspiration or activities, you could be headed for trouble.
11. Consider What you May Have to Give Up in Order to Have This Goal.
This may include things like time with your family, hobbies, favourite foods. security, travel, lifestyle etc etc. Are you willing to do this?
12. Make Sure Your Goals Honour and Reflect Your Values.
Values are things that are important to you in your life. No point setting a goal that doesn't align with your values.
Hope you get lots of value from this Checklist and contact us if you would like support or to share your goals.
Adapted from Ready, Steady Goal - Wendy Buckingham