Week 13 – Setting Goals Up For Success
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of traditional leadership views where only the leader has all the answers. And how exhausting that must be for the leader. In the “busy-ness” of multiple priorities,
- Weekly: At the beginning of each week, take a few moments to make a list of all steps you will take over 5-7 days that week to accomplish one or two of the actions you have in your goal. Try to aim for 2-3 steps each day and keep in mind all the other life and work priorities you have, so that your calendar doesn’t get so full, it acts as a de-motivator. Life gets busy and it’s easy to get off track. If weekends are too busy, you may not have time to work towards your goal on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Daily: Add your 2-3 small steps to your daily planner. The act of writing down the steps in your planner is motivating, and because the steps are small, you’ll feel confident you can achieve them. It is said that “a goal written down is a goal have done.” If the steps are in your planner, you are much more likely to make time to get these done.
- Nightly: At the end of each day, take 5 minutes to review how you did. If you were able all the steps you had planned to get done, congratulate yourself. Don’t worry that you miss a step here and there, just move it to the next day.
Too often we give up on goals because we feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work that is needed. Worst, we feel guilty or inadequate when we fail to achieve the unachievable tasks we set out to do. We fill our days with too many activities and berate ourselves for not getting all done. By breaking the actions from your goals into manageable steps, the likelihood of succeeding is much higher. You can do the same thing for all your other priorities. Forget the guilt when you have an off day and focus instead on what you did accomplish. Keep your eye on the ultimate prize which is the accomplishment of a meaningful goal and high value priorities that will enrich your life.
Dianne is a business and personal coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of continual transitions; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the other pages on the website.