Choose goals that motivate you
When it comes to goal-setting, you have to make sure that each goal you make motivates you. This means that you highly value each goal and achieving them has a real purpose. However, if you have goals that you have very little interest in or feel to be too irrelevant from your perspective, you probably won’t put in the work to achieve them. Remember: motivation is the key to achieving goals.
To make sure that each goal is motivational, you must know the ‘why’. Why is it valuable? Why does it need to be achieved? You can also ask yourself, “If I were to share this goal with my team, how can I prove to them that achieving this goal would be worthwhile?” Using motivational value statements help you to avoid feelings of doubt or uncertainty that a goal can be achieved. Instead, it gives you the drive to carry on.
Set specific goals
Let’s say you order a pizza on the phone. If you give out unclear instructions on where you live, the chances of you eating a hot pizza will be slim to none. Similarly, setting vague undefined goals won’t lead you to your desired outcome, and even worse, it would be a waste of your time, energy, and resources.
Goals that are specific are clear and well-defined. It should determine what you want to achieve and how you want it to end up. This is especially true when it comes to your company’s vision. A generalized outlook won’t define what needs to be done. Specific goals provide tangibility, giving you clarity on what you want to accomplish.
Set goals that are measurable
Goals should be measurable, or in other words, should be easy to keep track of. Goals that are gaugeable help you assess your current progress and determine your degree of success. For example, if your goal is simply defined as “to reduce business expenses”, how will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? In fact, how would you even know if you’re actually making progress?
To set measurable goals, you must first identify the metric itself, then set a specific number you’re trying to meet or exceed. Breaking down your goals to bite-sized milestones help you monitor your progress and remind you to celebrate every small win. Dividing your goals in specific metrics also keeps you from getting overwhelmed. Instead, it motivates you to be persistent and maintain your momentum.
Create goals that are attainable
Every time you set goals, you need to make sure that everything’s within reach. This means that goals should not be so absurd that it would be impossible to achieve. Instead, our objectives should be feasible and practical to achieve. Creating a goal that you know you won’t be able to achieve will only demoralize yourself and dampen your confidence.
However, avoid setting goals that are too easy. Achieving something that you put a little effort into is worthless and inefficient. Furthermore, once you’ve got used to achieving such effortless goals, you’ll start to develop a fear of setting goals that carry a risk of non-achievement.
Instead, create goals that are attainable yet challenging. This helps you to up the ante each time you set a goal. Moreover, it gives you great satisfaction every time you achieve one.
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