I believe that successful and productive people must set goals. Setting goals helps people stay focused on what they want to accomplish and gives them a measurement for success. However, in order for people to be successful in accomplishing their goals, each goal must be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T. goals).
In addition, goals must have steps of action. Often people over look this important part of goal setting. We come up with fantastic goals for the year, the month, or the week. Then, we set a due date for these goals to be met. However, we fail to think about the specific steps we need to complete in order to meet these fantastic goals.
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How many times have you set goals and failed to reach them? I have been there. For many years, I set goals that I just couldn’t seem to reach. During that time, I felt that my goals were specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T. goals), but I just couldn’t accomplish them.
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After reading The 12-week Year, I discovered that my goals didn’t have a true action plan or steps of action. In order to accomplish any goal, you must have specific steps of action to get there. This action plan is your road map to where you want to go, more specifically, how to meet your goal.
Let me give you an example. One of my goals this year is to spend more time with my family. Once I have my goal, I need to think about what that looks like or what steps of action do I need to complete in order to accomplish this goal.
After thinking about it, I came up with these steps of action:
– Have a family night once a week with games or movie
– Read with my son every night
– Eat dinner together at the dinner table 5 nights a week
– Go on a family outing once a month
I could list more steps of action, but I think you get the idea.
Now that I have my steps of action, I make each step time-bound. To do this, I schedule each step on my monthly calendar. I try to be as specific as possible. For instance, I schedule reading time with my son at 8:15 PM every night and family night on Friday night. You can be flexible and change your schedule if needed. I know that life often gets in the way of our plans, but the most important thing is to get your steps of action on your calendar. Make yourself accountable for the steps needed to accomplish your goal.
The example that I gave you above is a family goal that I have set for this year. However, this process can be used for any type of goal, whether personal, family, or business.
I want you to remember that you can reach your goals and be successful. You just need a plan with steps of action in order to get there. I challenge you today to pick a goal that you want to accomplish and create your steps of action to reach that goal. If you follow through with your steps of action, you will be successful and reach your goal!
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