Goal Setting

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“Is Goal Setting Important? You Decide”

A study was made of alumni ten years out of Harvard to find out how many were achieving their goals. An astounding 83 percent had no goals at all. Fourteen percent had specific goals, but they were not written down. Their average earnings were three times what those in the 83 percent group were earning. However, the 3 percent who had written goals were earning ten times that of the 83 percent group.
Forrest H. Patton, Force of Persuasion, as quoted by Ronald W. Miller, Planning for Success

“Do You Know What’s Missing?”

“People are happy when they are working toward their goals. When they get diverted – or don’t know what their goals are – they are unhappy. Many people are unhappy in their jobs because they don’t know where they are going. People without goals are more irked by petty daily problems than are those with goals.”
Kate Wendleton, Targeting The Job You Want 3rd ed.

Mission, Goals, and Values-How They Fit Together

Here’s how the elements of success planning fit together. Imagine that you are planning a dream vacation. First you may decide the general direction, for example, west to California. The general direction is similar to your Personal Mission. This is a broad statement that is the first step of general purpose. Next will be choosing your transportation method. The options are flying, driving, bus or train to California. These are similar to your goals. Goals are more specific and define the methods that you use to get there. Finally, how fast will you travel? Where will you rest? Who will accompany you? What will you eat? These decisions are similar to your values that determine the quality of the trip. Do you know your personal mission, goals, and values? If not, you may not be going where you think you are.
By Charlotte R. Farrior, founder of The Coaching Connection

Goals Exercise

What if you really took the time to write out your goals? Try this exercise:

  1. Take 15 minutes and write out 25 things that you want to do this year. Write whatever comes to mind, don’t spend a lot of time on any item.
  2. Now, look over the list and select 10 of the items that would really make a difference in your life. Select the items that are most important.
  3. Take the list of 10 and select 3 items that you want to BEGIN with. Make these the things that you most want to happen right now.
  4. For each of the 3 items, commit to creating a SMART Goal Action Plan; Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Timebound
  5. Break down each goal into action steps and put a date on each action step. Think about what barriers might get in your way and how you can overcome them. List the resources that you’ll need- this can be people, places, or things.
  6. Now get to work! Review your plan daily. Work your plan often. Celebrate along the way; don’t wait until the end. Enjoy the process!

By Charlotte R. Farrior, founder of The Coaching Connection

Calendar Makeover

What if you could “find” some time in your week to do something you’ve really wanted to do? You Can!!

  1. Create a single page with 4 vertical columns labeled as follows: A-Urgent & Important B- Important Not Urgent C- Urgent Not Important D- Not Urgent Not Important.
  2. Now, for 1 day, write down all of your activities in one of the 4 columns. You may have to make some tough choices.
  3. At the end of the day focus on Column D, Not Urgent Not Important, also known as Time Wasters. Find a way to get these activities off your plate. You can Delegate, Automate, Negotiate or Eliminate them completely.
  4. Congratulations! You have just “found” time to redirect to Columns A & B. If you want more time, do this exercise for an entire week. It is truly amazing!

By Charlotte R. Farrior, founder of The Coaching Connection

Are You Committed to Your Goals?

At the beginning of this year, you may have identified several goals (If you did not, it’s not too late.) Have you made progress on them? Do they seem to be realistic and achievable? If you want more progress, try this exercise:

  1. The first step of commitment is to be willing to write down what you want. Take 15 minutes to write and describe the OUTCOME for your goal. This can be brief sentences, or bullet points, or a quick paragraph.
  2. Put your written outcome in a place where you can see it or have access to it daily. Each day for 7 days review the outcome that you’ve written.
  3. Decide which small action you can take within 7 days to move closer to your goal. Then do it!
  4. When the action is completed, reward yourself with a mini-celebration or gift. You deserve it!

By Charlotte R. Farrior, founder of The Coaching Connection

"Guidelines for Goals"

Many of you have already taken the time to focus and create your goals list for the year ( If you haven’t, it is not too late). Often we make a great start and begin to lose steam as the year wears on. The following are a few suggestions to consider as you work through your goals.

  1. Take the “builder’s” approach. Select 3 items from your goals list to start with (the foundation). Implement the action steps to put the goal in motion.
  2. After 2 weeks, add a new item (the framework) from your original goals list to focus on. Don’t add anything if you are feeling overwhelmed. Eventually, you will get to work on all of your goals.
  3. Every 2 weeks, evaluate your progress and see if you need to adjust any activities.
  4. At the end of the quarter (roughly 12 weeks), relook at your goals list see if any circumstances or priorities have changed substantially. If they have, make any adjustment that is needed. If not, continue on a 2 week cycle of adding 1 item to your focus.
  5. Each week, look at your schedule and put any goal – related activity on your calendar as if it were a doctor’s appointment. Then keep the appointment with your goal.
  6. Track your progress by recording accomplishments as they occur. Give yourself 1 point for any goal-related activity that you complete each week. Record the number of goal points and try to maintain or increase points each week.
  7. Reward yourself when you completely finish a goal OR if you see progress on a goal(s). Build in mini-rewards that are fun and/or meaningful to you.

By Charlotte R. Farrior, founder of The Coaching Connection

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