In kickstarting your year, you will want to make sure that you are as specific with your goals as possible.
Did you know:
- About 44% of American's will set goals for the year?
- 92% of new years resolutions will fail by January 15th?
- One of the most often goal setting studies quoted from Harvard, really did not take place at all?
Dominican university Dr. Matthews was able to replicate the same study and found that three factors helped with goal success:
- and writing down one’s goals
Goals, along with writing them down, accountability (ongoing check points) and committing to what you want to achieve are all foundational parts of the coaching process and strategies which myself, and other business coaches, use with our coaching clients.
View Dr. Matthew’s goals study report here and link through to the summary –
As part of today’s Kickstart Your 2018 – 8 in 18, today’s focus and reflection questions get you to think about your goals, and more importantly getting more specific about them.
I hope that you will find 15 minutes to reflect on these questions and write them down. First, take a look back at Day 1 and Day 2, and what you have laid out as part of your vision:
- What are top five goals for you in 2018? Write these down.
- Looking at each one at a time consider how they can be made SMART-E – Specific, Measurable, Acheivable, Realistic, Timebound and, of course, exciting. Take a few more minutes to break them down further. One of the tools I like to use to capture my goals is a One Page Plan. Click here to download a One Page Plan Template from my newest book, Effective Virtual Conversations, where I share 18 different templates for you to use in your own work.
- Imagine the year overall, what will the way each goal connects with the others?
- Map out your timeline or what the journey is going to look like for you. You might make it a roadmap, a stream or other….(See my 2018 roadmap)
- What’s possible once you complete each goal?
- What resources do you need to be successful with each goal? Consider – people, money, equipment, knowledge, etc.
- What could get in the way?
- What have you done in the past that you could leverage or apply so that you are successful?
- What will you do to keep your goals visible? This could include writing them on a whiteboard, putting an alert on your phone, using an app. Check out Elise Morneau’s article on Best Goal Setting Apps, updated a few days ago.
- What checkpoints will you use the review and check in around the goals. When will this happen? How will you celebrate? Write these checkpoints in your calendar before you go any further!
That’s our ten questions for today….if you have an extra minute, flip through what you’ve noted for yourself over the last three days. What, if any, trends are you noticing?
Enjoy the reflection and be sure to pick up a copy of PlanDoTrack or Coaching Business Builder.
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