To achieve change and success it is vital to have a purpose or a desired outcome; to establish where you are now in life and where you want to be in the future. Many people don’t consciously plan for what they want in the future and may meander aimlessly through life.
Though if you really want to progress at some level of your life you’d be wise to have a construct in your mind of what that would be for you.
So, know your outcome: What is it that you really, really want to achieve?
What are you passionate about?
What is it in life that’s important to you? It might be a personal thing; it might be to improve your relationship; it might be to have a better career; it might be to improve your financial situation; it might be to have more spare time on your hands. Whatever it is for you, be very clear and very specific about what it is you want – what is success to you?
The reality is, if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want, then how you will know when you get it. Be precise about that outcome and set some goals around it.
This is a great approach to setting your goals:
- Specifically, what you want? When do you want to achieve them by? What will be involved? What measures will you use to determine that you’ve reached your outcomes? What will you see to know that you have achieved them? What will you hear to know that you have achieved them? What will you feel to know that you have achieved them?
- Ensure your goals are stated in the positive. What is it that you want? Ensure your goals are positively defined and your thinking and actions are aligned.
- Are your goals ecological? Are they good for everyone? Will the goals create negative consequences in other areas of your life or the lives of others? What will you lose? What will you gain?
- How do your goals increase your choices? What do these choices give you? What does achieving your goals give you more of?
- To achieve your goals, what will you be doing to initiate them? What actions will you be taking to make them a reality?
- Take a look at your first steps and ensure they are specified and achievable. So, what are they, and when will they be done?
- Check that you have the necessary resources to achieve your goals. Identify them: who and what will help you achieve your goals?
Do you have experiences of successful goal-setting that you’d be willing to share?
Let me know in the comments section and let’s talk about it.
I really hadn’t considered engaging a personal coach until I was introduced to Gill, where our open and inspiring meetings successfully fast tracked me to my desired goal. Gill enabled me to look at the bigger picture and reassess my goals and values, matching them to where I was and where I wanted to be; a simple process with dramatic results that I really hadn’t made time for previously. I have now moved on to a different role both professionally and personally and feel like I have regained control again of my own destiny. Thank you Gill.
Caroline – Western Australia