January 06, 2009
Annual goal setting seems like a great idea, but is futile and forgotten by June.
Does it really add value?
We don’t get what we want. We get what we focus on.
Periodic goal-setting drives your focus. Even if the goal-setting process does not seem to endure, you are getting something out of it. Read more about how changing behavior is tied to neuroscience.
Let go of making it perfect. Instead, make it flexible.
- Posture Your Intent
Begin with the understanding that focusing on goals is about keeping some momentum, not making momentous breakthroughs every day. A manageable intent will lead to more success in hitting the marks.
- Brainstorm Possibilities
Consider the areas where you would like to see progress: Business & Professional Development, Wellness, Spirituality, Relationships, Personal (home, garden, family, etc) Brainstorm potential activities and scribble a list.Your strongest effort should be around personal wellness, which will naturally lead to productivity. (My bias, of course)
- Sleep On It
Incubation is important is realizing what your level of ambition is, and what it should be. Give your list a few days, then come back to it and determine what is speaking to you most.
- Formalize Your List
Document what you have chosen to take on for the year. If you have categories (like the areas in Step 2), you may have a categorized list. Once the list becomes too long, check yourself on overkill. You can always add more when you accomplish a few later in the year.
- Make your List a Visible Part of Your Life
Post your list in at least 2 places. The dresser mirror, bathroom countertop, desk blotter, day planner, task list on Outlook, dashboard, or the treadmill panel.
- Edit throughout the Year
Take satisfaction in crossing off accomplishments. Add new ones if your momentum is good. Don’t beat yourself up for dropped efforts. Instead, acknowledge what happened and why.