It’s the end of a year–a time when most of us are full of optimism and ready to set new goals.
As we all know, goals don’t magically happen just because we declare them. We reach them because we take the steps to make them happen. The good news is that most of our success is within our control.
Here are eight tips to help your 2015 goals:
Find a tool/process that works. If you are serious about goal setting, you need to invest in a tool or process. Internally here at 7Geese we use a system called OKRs. It stands for objectives and key results. It basically involves outlining some major objectives and following it up with quantifiable actions (key results). The process is designed for accountability and enforced with scores.
Set a realistic target. Think carefully about what you can or cannot achieve. Setting a stretch goal that is too ambitious may leave you feeling defeated if it doesn’t get reached. Meanwhile, setting a goal too simple isn’t letting you achieve your potential.
Be accountable. When you understand what you want to achieve, and then set up accountability and consequences, you are much more likely to pursue your goals. To help yourself be accountable, make periodic reports on your progress and share it with others.
Break it up. Setting a large ambitious goal is great, but often it can make you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. This is why it is important to break it up into smaller digestible pieces. If your goal is to acquire 300 inbounds leads, what does this look like on a quarterly basis? What about monthly or weekly? Breaking your goal down into smaller, more achievable parts can provide momentum you need to move forward. Besides, who doesn’t like to tick off an item from a to-do list?
Set a date. One of the best ways to achieve a goal is to put it on your calendar. Having a deadline creates a sense of urgency or purpose, which in turn will serve as motivation. For some of you this may be monthly, but we often recommend quarterly, as it gives just enough evidence to understand after what worked and what didn’t.
Make it public. Whether you post it on your internal social network, or whether you have a goal setting platform, make all your goals public. This helps create accountability. But most importantly, making your goals public makes it almost impossible to opt out. Why? Because publicly failing to reach a goal isn’t much fun for anyone.
Take that first step. It sounds obvious, but procrastination will set in if we don’t get moving. If you are using the new year as an opportunity to set new goals, now is the time to get started. Stop making excuses and GO! However small those first steps may be, it is still momentum.
Reward yourself. It’s important to reward yourself and celebrate when your goal is achieved. Reflecting on your accomplishments helps train the subconscious mind to focus on activities that create results. Once you’ve celebrated, set your next goal, and make it even bigger and more challenging than the last.
What are you doing to achieve your 2015 goals?
Tags: goal setting, Google OKRs, objectives and key results, OKRs