Goal Setting Sense

WorkMatters Tips Issue #11 – January 2, 2007
Publisher: Gayle Lantz mailto:Gayle@GayleLantz.com
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A quick tip to help leaders and executives who need to motivate their teams and themselves, and catapult their business.

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Goal Setting Sense

With all the goal setting advice out there this time of year, I thought I would add my two cents and some common sense.

Putting some thought into the kinds of goals you want to achieve this year will be worth the time and effort. Here are some simple tips on setting goals that you can use as you think about the year ahead.

About your goals:

    * Write them down.
This is common advice, yet many people still don’t do it. Get out a sheet of paper right now and write down the  three most important things you want to accomplish over the next 12 months.

    * Read them out loud.
As you read the goals you’ve written, note how they make you feel. You should have a sense of energy and optimism. You may even feel a little uneasy if you’ve set a goal that makes you stretch. If you feel overwhelmed, skeptical or doubtful, you might rethink your goals.

    * Sleep on your goals.
(Not literally, although some people believe there’s power in keeping written goals close by at all times.) The point is to think about them and see if they resonate the same way a day or two later. If so, go for it. If not, adjust them as needed.

Use all your senses when it comes to goal setting. Project yourself into the future. See yourself achieving your goal. Hear what you or others are saying as you reach your goal.  You might even create something tangible or symbolic, a picture, photo, image or object — something beyond words alone to represent your goals.

Setting the right goals is important. However, setting goals doesn’t necessarily assure you’ll reach them. For more on how to achieve goals you’ve set, feel free to read a recent post at my blog:

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.
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