“Most people spend more time writing up their grocery list then they do planning out their life.” Gary Ryan Blair, The Goals Guy
In the past, goal setting stressed me out; the thought of not completing them, that is. And this angst has manifested itself by literally making me sick.
I realized this after thumbing through my old journals. I wanted to review goals that I set in 2010, 2011, 2012. Then I discovered that every single year, I had written down that I had caught a terrible cold, requiring me to spend a few days on the couch!
This year, after nursing yet another debilitating cold, I resolved to do one important thing in 2013:
Get a handle on properly setting goals, goal strategy and execution.
I know that developing a habit of setting and achieving goals will benefit me for life. And it’s working already.
So I want to share my High Value Goal techniques with you, my dear reader, because you may have the same struggle.
If you read this blog, most likely you are someone who regularly sets goals for yourself, because you are a high achiever who is constantly learning new techniques to better yourself and your business.
I hope the following will help you to move forward a little more:
SIX STEPS TO ACHIEVING A HIGH-VALUE GOAL
1 – DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT AND WRITE IT DOWN IN SPECIFICS THAT CAN BE MEASURED
A high-value goal is one that will change your game, increase your income, or up-level you in your industry. A high-value goal will make your life significantly better in some way.
Choose your high-value goal, and be very specific, in a way that it can be measured, then write it down. For example:
“I will increase my speaking engagements at colleges and have 3 bookings by March 1, 2013.”
The high value of this goal is that it will significantly increase my income and will elevate me as an expert in what I do. The specificity of the goal is the numbers – “3 bookings” and the deadline “by March 1, 2013.”
Specifics are important because that’s what you will use to evaluate your progress.
Another example: “I will lose 7 pounds by April 1, 2013.” Specifics: “7 pounds” and “by April 1.”
2 – MAKE A LIST OF STEPS YOU MUST TAKE TO REACH THE GOAL
Below are a few items on my list that must be completed to increase speaking engagements:
- Create a professional webpage
- Make up a contact database of colleges/ universities to contact
- Send out a mailing and make follow up phone calls to get bookings
Or to lose 8 pounds by April 1:
- Commit to walking a minimum of thirty minutes per day
- Get a friend to commit to hike ten miles every Saturday
- Sign up for kick-boxing classes twice a week
- Eat a salad for lunch every day
3 – ASSIGN DEADLINES TO YOUR STEPS
Deadlines make goals happen!
Commit to keeping your deadlines, and don’t allow yourself to deviate, not even once. (This also requires self-discipline, which is another key component to reaching your goals.)
Here are examples of deadlines I’ve set for my speaking engagements:
- I will create a data-base list of contacts of at least twenty by January 15, 2013.
- I will have the web page built and completed, online, by January 16, 2013
- I will create a marketing piece and mail it out by January 18, 2013
4 – PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR (COMMITMENT)
Commit by putting your deadlines on your calendar. Sometimes we have to play games with ourselves so that nothing can stand in the way of our big goals. Things happen, kids get sick or emergencies come up.
I find that when I schedule my Most Important Things (my goals) on my calendar, it gets done.
For my “lose weight” goal, I have scheduled to go to yoga and pilates classes four times a week. It’s on my calendar, so nothing else takes that time slot and I cannot deviate from my plan.
5 – EXECUTE NO MATTER WHAT
This is worth repeating, so I’m repeating it. One bad habit many of us fall into is having many excuses for not staying on course. Don’t allow anything to take you away from your goal. You’re too good for that!
6 – EVALUATE YOUR PROGRESS
For very big goals (such as losing weight or developing a marketing plan or anything that takes more than a month), evaluate your progress on a weekly basis.
Ask yourself these questions at the end of each week:
- “Did I complete the tasks for this week, by the deadline?”
- “What went right with this plan?”
- “What went wrong?”
- “How can I improve from this day forward?”
This takes commitment and constant monitoring, but it’s extremely effective.
What is your one HIGH-VALUE goal for 2013? Please, share in the comments!