Four Ways To Set Inspiring Goals
Forgotten the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? Need some inspiration to think like Oprah? Then here are 4 of Alex’s tips to help reinvigorate your goals...
1. Stay Forward-Focused
We often talk about what we shouldn't have done or what we don’t want. For example, “I shouldn’t have wasted so much time working on that” or “I don’t want to have that conversation”. While this might be true, focusing on these things won’t help us to achieve our future goals.
Focus on the outcomes you want to achieve and the specific end you have in mind. Develop strategies for getting there, for doing the things you want to do.
2. Make Small Daily Actions
Often our well-conceived plans derail when we over-commit and under-deliver. If your goal is to write a book, it is unlikely you will be able to achieve this in two days. Instead, if you plan to write for 30 minutes per day you might be surprised at how much progress you will make.
Break your goal down into small parts you can work on each day or each week. Use tools such as a calendar or check-list to track your progress.
3. Find an Accountability Partner
There is no doubt you will put in effort to achieve your goal. However, even the best goal-setters have days where they are demotivated or feel lost.
Find someone you trust to help keep you accountable and on track. This can be as simple as asking the person you have a coffee with each week to check-in on how you are progressing.
4. Remember to Seek Happiness and Meaning
Remember that your goals are personal to you and about your development. Even if your boss has guided you to create a goal it still needs to include meaningful growth and learning for you.
Once you have developed your goal, ask yourself some questions. For example, “What can I learn from this?”, “How will this help me in the future?”, “Once I have reached the goal, how will this help me in other areas of my life?”.
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. - Oprah Winfrey
Questions to Guide Your Thinking When Developing Work and Life Goals:
- Can you identify the most important principles that guide you in work/life?
- Do you define your approach to work/life in terms of what you can do and want to do, rather than what you cannot or do not want to do?
- Do you have long-term and short-term goals with action steps that will help you move towards them?
- Do you have some challenging goals that may take you a longer time to achieve?
- Do you have clear and compelling reasons why you want to achieve the goals you have set for yourself?
- Do you try and concentrate your efforts on a few steps at a time and then move onto others?
- When new ideas and opportunities arise do you need to rethink your goals?
- Can you visualise and sense what achievement of a certain goal would look like?
- Do you set deadlines for yourself for accomplishing the short-term goals and steps that will help you progress to your larger long-term goals?