Goal setting can be a powerful tool in both our professional and our private life. We use goals to motivate ourselves and to provide focus on what we really want.
Setting goals is however just the first step. If I set a goal to lose 10 lbs. … it is probably a good goal, but I need to have some parameters to work within.
1. There needs to be a time frame … if I don’t have a time by which I reach the goal then it is not very useful. So losing 10 lbs in the next 3 months would make more sense.
2. There needs to be a plan … because just having a goal, even with a time frame, does not ensure success. So with this particular goal I would need an action plan that might include some dietary changes, and some exercise changes. Perhaps my action plan might look something like:
i. Reduce my portion sizes by 20% for all meals.
ii. Exercise 3 times a week on a cardio machine for 30 minutes at a time, at a medium intensity.
iii. Walk 10,000 steps a day.
iv. Add weight training 2 times a week.
v. Cut out alcohol, except for one special meal a week.
vi. Review weight every week and adjust plan accordingly if not on target to reach goal in 3 months.
It doesn’t matter what you goal is, it needs a time frame, it needs an action plan and it needs a review process that allows the action plan to be modified.
Your goals might be relatively simple, such as losing weight (note … I do NOT say easy). The goals might be more complex, such as starting a business. They can be very personal related to your health or relationships in your life, or they can be career based.
Goals are the starting point … and without them you really don’t know where you are going. Use them wisely, with an action plan, and you can make dramatic changes in your life … and using them to push your limits is sure to bring you personal satisfaction.