Tips for Setting (and Reaching) Attainable Goals
Here are some things to keep in mind as you make plans to reach your goals:
Start small and build on your successes. Whether you want to retire by a certain age, lose 50 pounds, or grow your business’s profits over the next five years, make a plan that starts with steps you can take right now. Add benchmarks for the future so you can see the short-term steps you need to take to reach your long-term goal. This gives you a manageable ladder to climb and gives you satisfaction as you reach each step along the way.
Focus on your most important goal: It can be hard to keep track of the goals of a large organization, a long-term project, or even your own life. Find the most important goal in any situation. This will help you make a good plan of action and put other goals in order of importance.
Measure before and After: Key indicators must be measured in order to track the progress and success of business projects. Both leading and lagging indicators are important ways to measure success, but they tell you different things. Simply put, lead measures are things that can help you reach a goal, while lag measures are things that happened after the goal was reached. Lead measures are predictive, while lag measures tell you about what happened after the process was finished. Lagging indicators give results that can be used to measure progress and see how things are going. But when setting business goals, it’s important to think about the leading indicators that could make those results better.
Keep your goals in a place where you can see them. This is a simple tip that can help you stay focused and track your progress. It could mean making sure files are easy to find so everyone can share updates. Or it could just mean putting up a printed sheet in your home office to remind you of high-priority tasks that need to be done or long-term goals that you are working toward.
Be accountable to yourself and others. Accountability Partners can be a way to get people to do what they need to do. For example, deadlines and reviews of performance can be built into goals for work projects. But if you’re working on personal goals, it might help to find a partner to hold you accountable or to let friends and family know what you’re trying to achieve.