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Topics: Goal Setting, Skills

Obtaining your goal

Last week we talked at length about the steps you need to take when you are setting yourself a goal. That is a great way to start your year off to great success and the beginning of a journey that will take you to meeting your objectives for the year. But the end of the year is a long way off. How do you make sure that you remain focused on your goals in the upcoming days, weeks and months?

A strategy or plan will work like a road map to help you get from point A - January with a goal in mind, to point B – December with a completed goal.  

Planning your Milestones

Work backwards from your final goal to set yourself some milestones to track progress. If your goal plan is a road map for you then these milestones are the places you plan to stop along the trip and assess your progress. If we take George’s goal statement of “I will spend 100 hours before December 31st volunteering at my local animal shelter to give back to the community, I will track and check my progress on a weekly basis and when I achieve my goal I will reward myself by adopting a new pet from the shelter.” George will create mini-goals of how many hours he will have volunteered in a chart:

Month

Hours Accumulated

January

9

March (3 months)

25

June (6 months)

50

September (9 months)

75

December (12 months)

100

This plan sets out reasonable milestones that George can expect to meet. This will also allow him to make adjustments to his efforts if he is not meeting one of the milestones. For example, if he has only done 30 hours by the end of June, he will know that he will need to put in extra effort for the next six months to meet his goal.

Planning your Milestones 

Determine on Your Actions

When you determine what actions you need to take to reach your goal – best practice is to be as specific as possible. Outline all the things you need to begin working towards your goal. Decide what task you will need to work on in an on-going manner to achieve aim.

George’s action list might include the following

  1. Research local Animal Shelters, where are they? When are they open?
  2. Research transportation, can he drive there or is the local public transit? How long will it take him to get there?
  3. Call the shelter and see if they take volunteers and what steps he needs to take to volunteer.
  4. Get any necessary certifications. Does he need to have a valid police check to volunteer with animals?
  5. Get all his necessary immunizations.

While not an exhaustive list, the above list will give George an idea some of the tasks that he will need to complete before the actual volunteer work will begin.  

 Schedule your Actions

Schedule Your Actions

Now that you have an action plan and milestones to track success you will need to include the tasks and goal into your schedule. Making your goal a part of your daily or weekly routine will help keep up the progress. Life is busy and scheduling in specific times to complete your tasks will help to keep you accountable.

George, for example might set aside 3 hours a week on a Saturday to go to the shelter and volunteer. Setting out the time will help him stay on track to meet his goal ahead of schedule. This plan even builds in some grace period to allow for illness or scheduling conflicts.

Follow Through

This is the most difficult part of the goal setting process. It is far too easy to give yourself permission to miss a milestone or not fulfill a task. Find a way to stay motivated. Setting an image or affirmation in a place where you will see it every day is one method to keep motivated. Others find it more beneficial to schedule a reminder on your phone with the reason you want to meet your goal.  How ever you motivate yourself, find something that works for you and follow through with your goal.

George places a picture of a sad animal as a background on his computer screen so that he sees it every day. This picture serves as a reminder of why he wants to volunteer his time to help animals.

 Achieve your Goals

Now you have mastered the steps needed to set and plan your goals. The more often you practice setting and planning your goals the easier it becomes. Soon you will be able to set yourself with bigger and more ambitious long-term goals for yourself. Set your goals and plan how you reach the best version of yourself.

 

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David Rae

David Rae

David started with Bill Gosling Outsourcing in 1983. As CEO, he sets the future direction of the organization, develops services that help with clients’ pain, while ensuring that the strategic direction is aligned to the shareholders’ requirements. During his tenure, the company has expanded internationally, opening offices in the United States and the Philippines. Also known as Razor, David is a drummer extraordinaire and his favorite bands include Blue Rodeo, Lighthouse, Supertramp, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and The Guess Who.

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