Focus On Achievable Realistic Goals.
To focus on setting goals, can be a boring and dry exercise that most of us do not look forward to. I’m hoping that by giving you specific suggestions, I can at least inject a bit of fun.
From my previous post, Get In Alignment To Run An Effective Business, I remind you to make sure your mindset, business plan, marketing, and mission statement are all in alignment. This may mean that you have to instill new healthy habits in order to reach the level of success you desire.
In this post, we will focus on setting goals and objectives to be financially secure and achieve your highest success.
What Is The Difference Between A Goal And An Objective?
Goals can be short or long-term. They are focused on a future time or event. You will find that goals themselves do not include the actionable steps to achieve them. For example, getting your new blog to rank under 100,000 on Alexa would be a future goal.
Objectives are like stepping-stones to goals. They, too, are focused on a future time or event. However, they are like steps you desire to achieve in order to actually reach your goals. An objective for the above goal example might be to post a value-rich blog post twice per week for 6 months.
SMART Goal Setting Can Be A Powerful Process For Success
If you have been in the corporate world or have started businesses before, more than likely, you are familiar with SMART goal setting.
The SMART Goal Setting Process is an acronym. The ideal goal setting process being (according to Wikipedia):
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement. Choose one main long-term goal that seems to stand out in your mind more than the other goals. Be specific as to what the goal is and why it’s important.
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress. How will you know when you have achieved your goal?
- Actionable – break down the goal into specific steps (objectives). List each step.
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources. Keep in mind that our goals will need to be revisited and redefined over time as our business and objectives change.
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
But, since I am a detail-oriented Virgo, 😉 — I am also going to suggest another process and then you can evaluate both and choose which one works best for you. You may even choose to try both to truly refine and improve your results.
TRAMS Goal Setting Might Be A More Fun Process For Your Personality.
TRAMS Goal Setting is very similar to SMART Goal Setting but it is done in the opposite order. I have been coaching business owners for many years now. At times, we shouldn’t try to reinvent the wheel. If it works, it works and doesn’t need fixing. But, I’m not one to just follow everyone else and this process works better for me. It might work better for you, too.
Consider A Goal Setting Process Beginning With The End Result
- Tingling – As artists and creatives, we most often are in it for the thrill and joy of it! So, in order to stick with the goal setting process, why not start with the end in mind? Start with the end results, the part that makes you tingle with excitement all over! Then, the rest of the process will fall in line under this much easier. So, what time-frame do you want to use to get to the tingle???
- Real – I chose this word versus “realistic” because “getting real” means that you have to envision the results in your mind’s eye. You need to “believe” the results in order to achieve them. Your goals and expected results have to be real to you, not someone else.
- Answerable – As the business owner and artist, you have to answer for your results. You have to be held accountable for taking or not taking actionable steps to reach your goals. Call a friend, a relative, have a mentor — you have to make sure you are taking responsibility for the process so you can reach your success goals.
- Milestones – I am a visionary person. As such, I close my eyes. I see a large, calm, beautiful, clear-blue lake directly in front of me. Across the lake, I see evergreens with a major mountain peak in the background that takes your breath away. It would be lovely to walk around the border of the lake and camp at the foot of this mountain. Your destination won’t be reached today, but you will get there. You also know from photographs that the view from the top will be extraordinary, a thrill of a lifetime. This trip will take sacrifice and you have to save money for awhile to book this trip, but you have determined it will be worth it! Now, if you are following me with this vision, the milestones or steps in between your planning process and achieving the goal are like stepping stones in the lake. Each one follows the other, all the way to the distant shoreline. Just follow the milestones, putting one foot in front of the other. Once you reach the shore, it’s an easy pace to the campsite at the base of the mountain. At this point, you KNOW you can hike up to the top of that mountain and achieve the goal! Now, these milestones will give you specific points in the process to actually measure your progress.
- Specific – Now that you’ve completed all of the above, this part becomes much easier and clearer to see. If you start with this one, it’s too hard making it easy for you to just give up and not set the goals at all. The whole point of the process is to set and achieve goals to reach certain results. If you give up on the first part of the process, you’ll never get it done!
I believe and teach that in order to get through the goal setting process, it is suggested that you find an important goal that stands above the rest and makes you feel tingly all over at the thought of achieving it! If you are able to do this, to really connect with your goal on an intimate personal level, you are more likely to achieve it!
Track your progress along the way, make sure you are taking responsibility for each and every objective along the way, and you will never feel lost or defeated.
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