Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Setting Goals for Yourself

Goal setting – lots of people take a little time out on a Sunday evening or Monday morning to review the week ahead. This can be a good time too to review your longer term goals and resolutions. Are they still the right ones to deliver the life you want? Setting, and achieving, your goals is easier if you follow these six steps.

  1. How deeply do you desire the goal? Napoleon Hill, in his landmark book, Think and Grow Rich, said; “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this in mind.  If your desire for your goal weakens you are much less likely to achieve it.” So do you really, really want to achieve that goal?
  2. Can you visualize yourself achieving the goal? Lee Iacocca is one of my heroes and he said “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” What will your achievement feel like? How will your life be different when your goal is achieved? If you can really feel that state of being, you are on your way.
  3. Make a plan to follow to accomplish your goal. Make sure it has simple, straight forward action steps to follow. Work out what steps are critical to your success; the important steps needed to make your goal a reality. Guru, Stephen Covey, said, “All things are created twice.”  There needs to be a mental creation first and then a physical creation. You have to make sure that the mental blueprint is what you really want, that you’ve thought everything through. Then each day put the steps in place to make your blueprint a reality. As Stephen Covey also said; “You begin with the end in mind.”
  4. Commit to your goal by putting it on paper. Back to Lee again; “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” Write down your goal (make it colourful, then the  action steps and what is critical). Writing down the goal, the plan and a timeline actually seems to start things moving. It helps you to be very clear about what you have to do.
  5. Schedule dates for checking your progress in your diary. Regular checks and reviews help to keep you on tack.  Of course you will hit obstacles on the way – plan for them when you can.  And when you can’t plan use your ingenuity to get over or round the block.
  6. If you do get stuck seek support from someone else – a wise friend or colleague.  As you would expect, I’m going to recommend hiring a coach to help you stay on track – holding you to account and helping you overcome obstacles is an important part of what we do.  Don’t let your goal just slide away from you – coaches are good at lifting your motivation, too, by the way.

These six steps really do work. And they have worked time and again for some of the most successful people in the world. But you do need to make a commitment and may be this is the week you start.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Your Weekly Goal Review – Whither Your Dream?

Your Weekly Goal Review – Whither Your Dream?

Lots of people take a little time out on a Sunday evening or Monday morning to review the week ahead. This can be a good time too to review your longer term goals and resolutions. Are they still the right ones to deliver the life you want? Setting and achieving your goals are easier if you follow these six steps.

How deeply do you desire the goal? Napoleon Hill, in his landmark book, Think and Grow Rich, said “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this in mind.  If your desire for your goal weakens you are much less likely to achieve it.” So do you really, really want to achieve that goal?

Can you visualize yourself achieving the goal? Lee Iacocca is one of my heroes and he said “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” What will your achievement feel like? How will your life be different when your goal is achieved? If you can really feel that state of being, you are on your way.

Make a plan to follow to accomplish your goal. Make sure it has simple, straight forward action steps to follow. Work out what steps are critical to your success; the important steps needed to make your goal a reality. Guru, Stephen Covey, said, “All things are created twice.”  There needs to be a mental creation first and then a physical creation. You have to make sure that the mental blueprint is what you really want, that you’ve thought everything through. Then each day put the steps in place to make your blueprint a reality. As Stephen Covey also said; “You begin with the end in mind.”

Commit to your goal by putting it on paper. Back to Lee again; “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” Write down your goal (make it colourful, then the  action steps and what is critical). Writing down the goal, the plan and a timeline actually seems to start things moving. It helps you to be very clear about what you have to do.

Schedule dates for checking your progress in your diary. Regular checks and reviews help to keep you on tack.  Of course you will hit obstacles on the way – plan for them when you can.  And when you can’t plan use your ingenuity to get over or round the block.

If you do get stuck seek support from someone else – a wise friend or colleague.  As you would expect, I’m going to recommend hiring a coach to help you stay on track – holding you to account and helping you overcome obstacles is an important part of what we do.  Don’t let your goal just slide away from you – coaches are good at lifting your motivation, too, by the way.

These six steps really do work. And they have worked time and again for some of the most successful people in the world. But you do need to make a commitment and may be this is the week you start.

I wish you, and those close to you, the most wonderful week.

Warm regards
Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
http://wisewolfcoaching.com



Career Development: 4 Ways To Get Help Planning Your Career Goals

Career Development: 4 Ways To Get Help Planning Your Career Goals

Today’s post comes to you from Tamara M. Williams who a Software Developer that I met on LinkedIn. Tamara uses her free time to learn more about Technology and a wide variety of other topics. You can read more of her articles on EzineArticles at http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Tamara_M._Williams

Have you stopped to think about your current Career choices? Are you reaching your Career goals? Maybe you have not made any Career goals or don’t know who to turn to. The key to developing your Career goals is to start with an assessment of what you already have and where you are now. Then the next step is to focus on what you want to achieve. 

How To Get Help Planning Your Career Goals

You choose a career path and gain years of experience but do you upgrade your skills or qualifications? You know that there are a list of recommended skills and qualifications that you should have. However, these keep changing and you have to learn how to keep up. Finding where you can get help can improve your chances of reaching your Career goals.

1. HR Department at Work

How often you evaluate your career depends on which industry you work in. Your company’s culture or your job role could also influence you. The skills and qualifications that got you the job might not be the same ones needed now. Ask your Human Resource Department about providing you with a list of updated skills and qualifications needed to keep up-to-date in your career. Get advice on how to update your Career Goals so that you are always at the top of your game.

2. College/University Career Centres

At University or College, a Career Centre helps you to determine your career goals. You can meet with Career Consultants for help on choosing a career path. Ask for a Development Plan (PDP) template. This will help you to create or update your Career Goals.  Read Career books and magazines that interests you. Use them to learn more about the skills and qualifications needed to get into those careers.

3. Career Websites

Use career websites to access resources anytime and anywhere. Read various job descriptions and find out about the recommended skills and qualifications. Take it a step further and complete various career assessment tools such as Psychometric tests. You can also complete worksheets on creating SMART Goals and Action Plans. You should select a few worksheets to start off with and then use more when you need to.

4. Career Coaches

Regardless of the resources you have available you might choose to have a Career Coach provide one-to-one support. You can choose this option whether or not you are studying or working. Sometimes, you need an extra push to get you started or just want someone dedicated to assisting you. Career Coaches are there to learn more about what your dreams are. Afterwards, they inform you of the steps you should take to get there. You meet with them as often as you like and complete various assessments at your own pace. You receive a more detailed and custom-made approach to help you find out what you want to achieve in your Career.

Choose one or more from above and stay focused on achieving your Career Goals. Seeking advice from experts is the best way to move your Career to the next level.

About the Author

Tamara M. Williams is a Software Developer with over 5 years of experience. She uses her free time to learn more about Technology and a wide variety of other topics. Read more of her articles on EzineArticles at http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Tamara_M._Williams

A Winning Team Makes S.M.A.R.T. Goals

 

S. M.A.R.T. goals! Today we have a guest post from the University of Notre Dame, in partnership with University Alliance. The University of Notre Dame offers higher education opportunities through a variety of online executive certificates, including leadership and management, and negotiations. You can find out more about the courses they offer at this link http://www.notredameonline.com/

S.M.A.R.T. goals

A Winning Team Makes S.M.A.R.T. Goals

When applying S.M.A.R.T goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound – to project management and organisational team building, leaders should take a deeper look at the application of motivation in the creation of effective work groups. Similar to an established sports team that plays as a cohesive unit achieving goals as a group – that is simply unattainable alone – a strong leader can use motivation to propel the momentum of team goals forward. Keep these tips in mind when building a team of excellence:

1. Motivation is a planned activity

Just as a well orchestrated series of athletic exercises builds the stamina and cohesion of a sports team, a thoughtful goal-setting program sets the pace for individuals and work groups. Each individual should identify clear goals that are precisely aligned to his or her work description. From there, managers take on the role of coach and mentor by providing ongoing feedback. It is important to understand if, and when, “time outs” to make goal adjustment are necessary. Motivation is an ongoing person-to-person activity. On an individual level, the specific needs of an employee should be satisfied, while maintaining focus on the team’s overall objectives.

2. Motivation requires versatility

Any certified and seasoned business process manager can vouch that excellent communication skills are vital for long term success. Effective leaders understand the nuances of each team member’s role and skill set, and how those skills and perspectives fit into the larger picture. Goal-setting, monitoring, and evaluation should reflect ongoing motivation that is specific and relevant to an individual’s position within the company. Every person in the organisation needs to feel that his or her contribution is important and valued. Keeping track of progress in the form of reports can help others on the team and in the company celebrate achievements. This also highlights problem areas that require redirection or strategy improvement.

3. Motivation builds collective success, not necessarily a finite “Win”

Effective motivation within the S.M.A.R.T. goals framework recognises that achieving benchmarks such as increased efficiency, profitability, and marketability is about the process, not the final destination. All effective goals dovetail into more extensive ambitions that involve sustained stamina and a dedication to the values-driven commitment of every level of contribution. Some goals will be tailored, traded for other goals, and some will be so long-reaching that exceptional ongoing motivation is vital to ensure forward momentum. An effective leader needs to understand and apply a versatile skill set when coordinating with other leaders and when energising employees. When goals cannot be achieved, the learning process involved can be just as significant as the initial goal. “SMART” leaders make the most of teachable moments.

4. Coaches need motivation too

Seasoned team leaders will tell you that one of the secrets to professional longevity is taking time to feed yourself professionally. Every great coach takes time out to recharge. You will be more effective over the long haul if you schedule time to regularly do what you need to do to replenish your motivational reserves. Your team demands your time, energy, and attention. You owe it to yourself and your team to plan – schedule time in a way that is conducive to longevity. Staggered reviews, budgeted down time, and invigorating networking events are all notable ways to sustain motivational skills.

In combination with implementing specific goals that are attainable and are easily tracked, motivating employees requires skill, versatility, and stamina. While your daily coaching life may not be as exciting as travelling the circuit with a professional sports team, carefully examining the many facets of motivation when applying S.M.A.R.T. goals to your team is imperative. Motivation skills that are up to par ensure that your team finds its own special brand of excellence and plays the game with pride, dedication, and commitment for many years to come.

The University of Notre Dame, in partnership with University Alliance, has provided this article. The University of Notre Dame offers higher education opportunities through a variety of online executive certificates, including leadership and management, and negotiations. To find out additional information about the courses offered please visit http://www.notredameonline.com/