Get better at goal setting

If you can change your relationship with goal setting, you can change any area of your business or life for the better.

Here are 10 reasons, in no particular order, to be better at  goal setting both personally and professionally:

1) Goals help you establish direction, define actions, and measure progress.

Successful people use goals to be successful.  Goals help them know:

  •  Where they are going,
  • What they need to do, and
  • If they are on track.

2) Goals help build confidence.

You will build confidence as you start to accomplish short range goals leading to the achievement of your larger goals.  Setting and achieving short term goals leads to an upward spiral of success.

3) Having goals intensifies motivation.

When you are working on your own specific goals it gives you the motivation to do what is necessary to achieve them.  Motivation comes from within and so working on what is important to you to accomplish is critical.

4) Setting goals is the first step towards achievement of what you want.

Zig Ziglar is noted for saying ” A goal well set is halfway achieved.”  The starting point is deciding what you want and writing it down.

5) Goals are necessary to understand habits and attitudes.

They provide you with something to measure against.  Look at specific habits and thoughts that you have and ask yourself “Is this taking me closer to or further from my goals?”  When looking at habits in this way, you can determine what works and what needs to be changed.

6) Goals help with time management because they provide a framework to establish priorities.

Time management issues are really goals prioritization issues.  When you know what is most important to you to accomplish, you know how best to spend your time.

7) Goals help with decision making.

Asking yourself “Will this take me closer to or further from my goals?” will help you decide what is best for you to do.

8) Goals help you stay focused and motivated.

Knowing where you are going and having a clear plan to get there may be the most important thing you ever do.

9) They promote accurate, sustained action.

This leads to control and the success that you want.

10) You will achieve extraordinary success when you pursue goal after goal, day after day.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~Henry David Thoreau

I find that although we are goal setters by nature, many people don’t fully harness the power of goal setting for themselves or their organizations.

If you would like to reap the rewards from or would like your people to be better at setting and achieving goals, contact me.  As a personal development junkie, this is something I have been studying and practicing for over 20 years.