How To Set Better Goals
What is Goal Setting?
People may struggle to stick with goals because they aren’t able to distinguish between their goals and more casual self-improvement efforts. It doesn’t mean that you have to run every day just because you want to. Let’s look at what goal setting is.
Setting goals is an intentional and specific process. It starts by identifying the new goal, skill or project that you want to reach. You then create a plan to achieve it and work towards it. This requires more planning, motivation and discipline.
Why is Goal Setting Important?
Setting goals can increase employee motivation and organisational commitment. Goals also affect how intense we act and what emotions we feel. The more difficult and valuable a goal is, then the greater our effort to achieve it and the greater the success that follows.
The positive emotions and success that come with it can help us grow our confidence and faith in ourselves. Goal setting encourages the search for new strategies to help achieve success. The process of planning for the future involves finding new ways to use our skills and abilities. Skill-oriented planning and goal setting significantly increased well-being among those who participated in a goal-setting intervention program. Positive thinking can help us set goals and take the necessary actions to reach them.
Our perception of control over our future and the outcomes we achieve. Goal setting and achievement can encourage the development of an internal view for control.
Individuals with an external view believe that all outcomes, both good and bad, are due to external influences. However, individuals with an internal view believe that their actions and skills determine success.
The goal-setting framework provided that individuals perform better when they have specific goals. This means that clearly defined goals lead to higher performance.
The SMART acronym is a useful tool to make your goals more powerful. There are many variations, some of which we have included in parenthesis. But SMART is the most common.
S – Specific (or Significant).
M – Measurable or Meaningful
A – Attainable or Action-Oriented
R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
T – Time-bound (or Trackable).
How to set goals in 7 steps
Why is it so hard to reach goals if they are so important? We don’t plan how we will get there.
The goal setting process requires you to consider the journey, or how you will complete your tasks, rather than the destination. To get started, take a look at these steps.
1. Think about the results that you desire.
Take a look at your goal before setting it. Ask yourself these questions: Do you really want this goal? Are you willing to put in hours of effort and time? It may not be worth your time if you are not willing to work hard.
You may find it difficult to achieve all of your goals if you have too many. Instead, ask the questions to identify the goals that are most important to you and then concentrate on the few.
2. Set SMART goals
It is important to be specific about your goal when setting SMART goals. This will allow you to track your progress and determine whether you have met your goal. Your chances of completing your goal are higher if you can be more specific.
3. Write your goals down
Writing down your goals makes them tangible and real, instead of just a vague idea in your head. Keep your goals written down. You can place personal goals on your wall, near your computer screen, or on the partition wall next to your desk. Include company goals in your internal presentations.
This reminds you to work hard on your goals every day. Use a positive tone when writing down your goals to keep you excited about reaching them.
4. Make an action plan
Many people set a goal, but don’t create an action plan that outlines how they will achieve it. Your action plan should contain the overall goal and the steps to reach it.
5. Make a timeline
To help you visualise the roles, milestones, tasks and deadlines required to reach your goal, create a timeline. You should stick to the dates you have set once you have them. A timeline gives you a sense of urgency which motivates you to stick to your schedule and achieve your goal.
6. Take action
It’s now time to get started. It’s not worth all the effort just to forget your goal. Each step you take must lead to the next until you reach your goal.
7. Reevaluate your progress and make an assessment
To achieve your goal, you must keep your motivation high. Schedule a weekly evaluation that could include measuring your progress or checking your schedule. You’ll be more motivated to keep going if you can see the finish line. You can always make adjustments if you are a bit behind schedule and continue to push forward.
It’s not difficult to use a goal setting guide. All it takes is strong willpower and all the knowledge you have reached several goals so far. Keep going and try to slowly do more and you will be noticing you are accomplishing things you never thought you could do. Use the strategies and goal setting tips discussed above to help you set goals that are successful so you can live the life you desire. If you or your team would like further assistance with Goal Setting or Planning, contact our team for more help.