~Dennis Waitley, author of Seeds of Greatness
“Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives.”
As I am sitting here reflecting on successes during this past year and projecting possibilities for 2016, I am reminded how goals give us greater clarity and direction for living more joyful, fulfilling, and meaningful lives.
Here’s a little guidance about setting goals the really S.M.A.R.T. W.A. Y. Make them…
- Specific (not too vague),
- Measureable (so you know the progress you’re making),
- Attainable (but a definite stretch),
- Relevant (in alignment with your purpose, values, mission and vision), and…
- Time-bound (scheduled milestones). It is also important that you have them be…
- Written (this makes them more solid), and build in…
- Accountability (hence the need for individual development plans for your employees) and, finally, have a strong…
- Yearning to achieve them (never underestimate the power of enthusiasm).
Lofty goals can be both inspiring and daunting at the same time. With that in mind, you’ve probably heard the question, “How do you eat an elephant?” And you probably remember the answer: “One bite at a time!” This is exactly how you can help reduce the overwhelmed feeling people may experience as they begin to tackle “big, hairy, audacious goals” (BHAG’s), an acronym created by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in their book, Built to Last.
To reduce overwhelm and procrastination, large goals need to be broken down into smaller, “bite-sized” milestones in order to get a better understanding of what it will take to achieve them. These milestones are sometimes referred to as objectives, strategies and tactics. A goal can be segmented into objectives, objectives segmented into strategies, and strategies segmented into tactics—in a cascading effect, ranging from larger to smaller segments. This is similar to a stream cascading down a mountain. With each subsequent segment, the goal becomes more refined, more clear, and more specific.
Think of goals more as a process than as a destination. People grow and become stronger as they stretch toward goals. The bigger and more hairy (difficult or complex) the goal, the greater is the potential for growth and transformation, so long as it doesn’t cause people to feel too overwhelmed.
“Think of goals more as a process than as a destination.”
Enjoy this dynamic, effective goal-setting process for jumping to lightspeed in 2016… and feel the force!
Much success and fulfillment,
(Adapted from Chapter 8 of my new book Energize Your Business: Engage Your Employees with an Inspiring Strategic Planning Process. Read free chapters and learn more at www.EnergizeYourBusiness.biz )