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

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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



Becoming A Leader Today – What to give up!

Whether you are new to leadership, or an established leader taking time out to reflect, it is worth considering your leadership style.  A summer break provides a great opportunity to contemplate lessons learned and the opportunities ahead.

What kind of leader would you like to be? Here are some thoughts on changes you might make and some things you might like to consider giving up!

  1. Give up talking down! Has your approach always been focused top-down with instructions flowing from the “top floor” to the rest of the organization?  Now is the time to go for a more collaborative approach!  Have you got the confidence to build discussion into your decision making process?  Try it and see whether you get more or less engagement from your team. Of course if it doesn’t work you can always revert, but I bet you won’t want to.
  2. Give up revolution and go for evolution.  If you want to change the team, try focusing on their strengths and build on them. You have a much better chance of getting the results you want if you start small and build on your successes rather than setting out to ‘rock everyone’s world.’
  3. Give up coercion and start changing from within. Stephen Covey states in his change theory that ‘change occurs on a broken front.’  Not everyone on your team will be where you are and some may not want to change at all. Start with those who are likely to come on board most easily and get them to change. Then help the change seep out to those who are less enthusiastic.  This is likely to be much more effective than forcing people to do something and then hitting a wall.
  4. Give up hypocrisy.  Model in yourself how you want people to be. If you expect people to make positive changes, they need to see it in you.  Set yourself as the example and be visible doing what you’ve asked others to do. You’d be surprised how good the human race is at imitation!
  5. Give up taking things for granted!  Make sure that as the ‘right’ things start happening, you recognize the efforts of those who have made it happen.  You’ll find that those who want recognition will work harder for more of it, and push others as well.

There are  other changes you may want to make in yourself as leader.  Give yourself some time for reflection and see what you come up with.  If you are an established leader and want to reflect on your approach in depth then try the mini-stocktake  you will find at this link .

Whichever approach you take, I’d love to hear about your results.
I am Wendy Mason and I work as a personal and business coach, consultant and blogger.  I have worked with many different kinds of people going through personal  and career change. If you would like my help, please email me at wendymason@wisewolfconsulting.com or ring ++44(0)2084610114 or ++44(0)7867681439.  I will be very pleased to hear from you. I offer half an hour’s free telephone coaching to readers of this blog who quote WW1 – email me to arrange.

  • Becoming a Leader Today – Manifesto for a Servant Leader (wisewolftalking.com)
  • Becoming a Leader Today – What is Leadership? (wisewolftalking.com)