Leadership Tools: Six Easy Steps to Goal Setting
In my last blog, I talked about the benefits of setting goals – what’s in it for you. People who set goals are much more likely to achieve what they want in life and business!
Here are six easy steps to help you set goals that will empower you to move in the direction of your vision.
Step 1: Get your Mind Ready
Visualize what you want, really desire it AND believe you have the ability to achieve it! Think about the benefits of achieving your goal.
Step 2: Commit your Goal to Paper
Write it down. Otherwise, it’s a thought or wish. Make it SMART.
For example: Sell 500 copies of my book by the end of January 2012.
Step 3: Motivate Yourself
Make a list of the benefits and advantages to you of achieving this goal.
Step 4: GAP Analysis
- What’s your current status AND where do you want to be. What’s missing?
- What resources and knowledge do you currently have and what do you need?
- Whose cooperation and assistance is needed to help you achieve your goal?
Think about how you can contribute, compensate, or reward those who help you.
- List any obstacles in your way and explore possibilities.
Step 5: Action Plan
Using the data in the GAP analysis, make a detailed Action Plan with the activities you will use to accomplish your goal. Back up your plan with determination, persistence and resolve to never give up!
Step 6: Have Fun & Enjoy!
Get a clear image of your goal as if it has already been achieved. Visualize enjoying, having fun, and feeling a sense of accomplishment! You knew you could do it and you did! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
If you have questions or would like a handout on setting SMART goals, email me at Lois@THPAlliance.com. Let me know how this works for you!