“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to achieve in 2017. Before you set your 2017 goals, I think it’s a great idea to look at the status of your 2016 goals. What goals did you accomplish? Go ahead and pat yourself on the back and acknowledge that you achieved them. If you didn’t achieve some of your goals, then evaluate the reasons why and be honest with yourself. What goals are you rolling into 2017? Who do you know that you can be accountable to for your goals or mentor you if you don’t already have one? What system do you have in place to review and monitor your goals – is this system working or should you consider adopting a different system?
Here are some tips to consider when setting your goals:
- Break your goals into long-term and short-term goals along with action steps to accomplish them; don’t just state the goal.
- Put deadlines on your goals – I will accomplish this goal by ___________. This will help hold you accountable.
- Make sure that you set some goals that you can personally control.
- If you are part of a team, set goals that will require teamwork. The benefit is that this can help you develop leadership skills as well as foster strong relationships with members of your team.
- Think big! Set your sights high because even if you don’t reach your ultimate “big” goal you will accomplish impressive things and learn lessons on the journey toward it.
- Visualize your goals and keep visualizing them often. Create a dream or vision board and put it on your wall of your office to view daily.
- Manage your risks. Consider the risks then weigh them against the reward. Most successful people have failed their way to success fully willing to take risks because they know that failures are inevitable along the road to success.
- Set some easily attainable goals. Author Tim Ferriss believes that setting some easily attainable goals is the primary reason that he consistently over-delivers. He said, “Alleviating that performance anxiety allows you to overshoot the goal, continually succeed and build confidence and momentum. If all of your goals are big and require massive effort and time to achieve them, then you run the risk of being overwhelmed and giving up.”
- Know the difference between a goal and a good idea. A goal should answer the question how and when.
- Consistently review your goals and be accountable to track them through documentation and/or a family member, friend, business colleague or mentor.
- Take massive action! I have personally never met an incredibly successful person who didn’t consistently take massive action on a daily basis.
- Take care of yourself! Make sure you schedule time in your busy calendar doing a hobby or something you love at least weekly. Allow yourself time to take vacation so you avoid burnout. Get plenty of rest, exercise regularly and take care of your health!
I can honestly attribute my habit of daily reviewing and setting goals to my success. Jim Rohn said, “discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
May 2017 be an incredibly successful year for you! You can do it!
Wishing you all my best,