Welcome to 2018. May this year see you reach new levels of personal growth and professional success.
If successful organisations invest time and effort in an annual (often quarterly) breakaway to do goal setting (in the form of setting strategic direction), how is it that in our personal capacities we deem that ‘winging it’ is the answer?
I am a firm believer in the value of goal setting and invested the December slow-down to define my goals for the next twelve months – and beyond. Being clear on my ten-year goals, goal setting is a simple process of understanding the next steps I need to take to move me closer to my ten-year outcomes.
It is my view that without understanding where you want to be long-term, and taking definitive steps that consistently move you towards your desired outcomes, you are likely to drift in life’s crosswinds, ending up unfulfilled and unrewarded for your life’s work.
However, in reviewing my own goals, I observe that I have exclusively set ‘doing’ goals. I know what I need to do, and when I need to do them with excellent clarity. One might think therefore that the goal setting process is complete.
Not so fast!
How to set complete goals
Logic seems to inform that if I am capable of achieving those long-term goals, I would have already achieved them.
So, what is the gap?
This question focuses around ‘who do I need to be to achieve these goals’? Who is the person I need to become to make these goals my reality? This question speaks to the character traits or attributes that I must develop along my pathway to success.
In my case, my challenge is to avoid distraction and work consistently and persistently on achieving my goals. In short, I need to develop focus. Approaching each day with the mindful approach of focus will likely result in me being less inclined to dive into the next new thing which grabs my attention, and focus me through to completion of the wonderful opportunities I’ve already identified. Understanding that I need to become a person of focus, and bringing this into my everyday life, significantly increases the likelihood of goal achievement.
Who do you need to become?
Consider your own goals for 2018, and even more significantly, the dreams you have for your life. What type of person do you need to become to achieve these? Which character trait do you need to develop that will get you – at least – started on your journey?
Let’s take for example one of the popular goals set on January 1st that is often over by January 2nd – that of weight loss. The question is – how does a person who is in wonderful physical shape behave? Are they likely to eat a chocolate a day, go for the second helping of dessert, and never see the inside of a gym? Nope! These individuals are disciplined enough to say ‘no thanks’, and habitual in their routine of exercising their bodies to burn off excess sugars and fat. If you are overweight, what attributes do you need to develop so that you have a body you are proud of?
Is this the year you intend to lose that excess weight, and is willpower (mindset) what you need to do so? If you developed confidence, would that make a significant difference in your goal achievement? What about becoming more collaborative, or managing your emotional state with greater care? Would being more consistent see you achieve your goals?
More insights to help
If you’re uncertain which personality traits or attributes you need to develop to achieve your specific goals, this blog post offers a substantial list which you may find helpful. (http://www.ongoingworlds.com/blog/2014/11/a-big-long-list-of-personality-traits/).
I’ll be posting some helpful information on In2Great Coaching’s Facebook page over the next few days, so connect with us on Facebook for these insights. Share with us which goal you’d like to achieve over the next few months, and which matching personality trait you need to develop to heighten your prospects for success.
I know that a significant portion of people who do set goals will have given up by the end of January, leaving them no better off than those who didn’t bother setting goals in the first place. If you are serious about your goals, then be serious about becoming the type of person who can achieve them.