How to Go from Goal Setter to Gold Getter
by: Trasetta Alexander
There was a time when I would set goals for myself and a few days later forget all about them. When they would brush across my mind, months later, I would get discouraged because I hadn't made any progress towards them. The biggest reason for this was that I didn't write them down. In a study conducted by Dr. Gaul Matthews of Dominican University of California, it was concluded that people who write down their goals are 33% more likely to achieve their goals than those who do not. Even God instructs in in Habakkuk to "write the vision and make it plain," this is so those who read it will run with it. Writing down our goals and putting them where we can see them regularly serves as a reminder and motivator to move us to take action towards achieving our goals. Of course, the act of writing down your goals in and of itself does not cause you to reach them. At some point, you must take action steps that move you closer to them. Here are some practical steps you can take to move you from goal setter to goal getter.
Set 90-day goals.
It is important to have long-term goals, but it is equally important to have short term goals. Solely focusing on a goal that is years away can become discouraging. Too often we focus on how far we have left to go rather than how far we've come. It's easy to buckle down and work intensely for a 90 day period. Achieving a smaller goal or milestone helps give you a sense of accomplishment and boosts your motivation to keep pressing towards the overarching goal.
Plan out your week in advance.
Set aside 30 minutes to an hour each week to plan out what you will work on for the week. I like to do this on Sunday evenings, but Monday morning would also be a good time. During this time, you should look at your schedule and determine what your priority projects are and how much time you have to devote towards them. Once you have identified these items, you can plan out what you will work on each day in the time blocks you have. It is a good idea to schedule the most challenging tasks during your peak times. For me, mornings are ideal to tackle difficult on taxing tasks.
Focus on tasks that drive you towards your goals.
This may seem obvious, but putting your focus on the things that will move you closer to your goals is critical. Too often we get sidetracked by easy tasks that are important but don't propel us towards where we're trying to go. Checking emails and social media sites are huge time sucks. Unless one of your goals is daily posts to your Facebook business page, you don't want to devote very much time to social media. Even if this is your goal, it would be better to schedule a time block to prepare your posts and set them to publish at a set time. By focusing on goal-oriented tasks daily, you are continuously moving closer to your desired outcomes.
Prepare for the unexpected.
If it were a perfect world, everything would go as we planned. However, this rarely ever occurs. Just the other day, I walked out of an early morning meeting that shifted the entire focus for the day. Because I didn’t over pack my days with tasks, I was able to adjust my plan to meet this new priority. When setting your schedule for the week, build in extra time to each day to deal with unexpected situations that arise.This will help keep you from being stressed out and starve off discouragement. Also, think about things that might come up to block you from completing tasks and strategize how you will handle them if they arise. Making these decisions in advance without pressure allows for better decision making.
Eliminate or delegate unnecessary tasks.
As women, we often feel like we have to do it all. This creates an enormous amount of pressure on us. I want to propose to you a revolutionary concept…Are you ready? You don’t have to do everything. I KNOW! Hard to believe right? Some tasks can be delegated to support staff, spouses, kids, or hired help. Will they do it the way you do it? Probably not, but the task will get done. And this frees you up to focus on the things that propel you towards your goals.
Review or evaluate your progress.
On a weekly and monthly basis, you should be reviewing your progress towards your goals. Evaluate what is working and what is not. During this time you should also evaluate your goals(s) itself. Is it still relevant? Do you need to adjust your timeline for completion? Regular evaluation will help you stay on target.
Implementing these strategies into your daily life will assist you with goal achievement. Being a goal setter is great, but being a goal getter is amazing!