This article is for all our planners, hustlers, and make-it-happen kind of ladies and gents.
You know, the ones that have a pretty awesome life already, the glass half-full types, but still want more. Not for the awards or the recognition, but because it feels good to be a goal digger. If this is you, read on.
Setting goals and crushing feels dang good! But it's so easy to get in a rut, to settle for the good enough. Have you fallen into the complacency trap? If so, we want to help... Download the above checklist worksheet, keep these S.M.A.R.T. points in mind, and start making it happen, goal diggers!
Not all goals are created equal. Some fall flat.
Here is the secret sauce...they have to be SMART.
SPECIFIC: Set specific goals. The more specific the goal, the better the chances are of achieving exactly what you want.
MEASURABLE: Can you provide concrete proof you've met this goal? How will you know if you've succeeded? Decide your measures for success ahead of time.
ATTAINABLE: This is where being realistic comes in. This doesn't mean you have to set easy goals, just the proper framework for making it happen. Include the small goals needed to achieve larger goals.
RELEVANT: What is the objective and do you REALLY want it? What's going to make you jump out of bed even when you are tired? It has to relate to your big picture purpose.
- TIMELY: Include deadlines for achieving your goals and celebrate all the little victories along the way! Remember: If it isn't scheduled, it isn't real. Plug your mini milestones and big goals into a calendar and make yourself accountable.
Here are some goals you might consider...
- allot 15 minutes each week to online career training
- improve my listening skills
- attend one training webinar a month
- attend an offsite training or conference each year
- read one book a month
- learn to ask really good questions
- lose five pounds
- learn another language
- lower turnover by __%
- respond to every lead that falls to me within __ hours (at the longest)
- follow-up twice to each tour given
A SPROUT INSIDER SNEAK PEEK: HOW DOES A BUSY, CREATIVE DIRECTOR KICK BUTT AT HER GOALS?
Meet Rebecca, Creative and Social Media Director at Sprout. She's sharing some of her goals.
Main goal: Work life balance. To make that possible, these are my subgoals:
- Wake up earlier to have time to myself before working.
- Schedule a Soul Cycle class at 6am (so I have to get up and go).
- Eat lunch away from my desk.
- Quit work by 5pm at least two days a week.
- Brain dump at the end of each day by assigning myself tasks for the next day.
- Practice calligraphy a few nights a week.
It's your turn. What goal have you been wanting to tackle, but haven't given it the time or energy?
Remember, you've got this.
Watch this video and find out how goal setting can help you improve your personal and professional self. Goals help you achieve your daily priorities. But what are goals, you might ask. Webster’s Dictionary defines goals as “an ambition, an aim or your aspirations for the future.” Goals help us move forward to become our best self. This is true in the workplace or at home. If you don’t know what your company’s overall goals are, you might find yourself wandering aimlessly. The same can be said with your own personal goals. Without a sense of direction, how can we learn and grow?
THREE TIPS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS:
- Aim for Progress, Not Perfection!
- Perfection is unrealistic and can lead to setting yourself up for failure.
- Strive for continuous improvement.
- Move forward toward your goal.
- Celebrate those small achievements.
- Reap the benefits of goal setting by seeing an increased level of self-pride, satisfaction and confidence. Seeing is believing. Can you see yourself achieving your goal? Guess what else is happening? You are now focused!
- There is less stress and anxiety.
- You can now concentrate better because you have a goal in mind.
- With a goal to reach for, you will experience a higher level of performance.
- Your happiness and job satisfaction is growing.
- Get Better Goals.
- Don’t get sidetracked with “be good” goals.
- Get focused on getting better. Be your best self or be the best community!
- You’re making progress. Remember, this is process-based.
- Your goal is a journey—not an end-point!