5 Important things to know about setting goals
With the new year still fresh and the Super Bowl just a few days passed, the theme of goals are still circulating through my thoughts. Yet there are so many tips and tricks out there on how to best set and manage our goals, and at times it can all seem a bit… overwhelming.
“The most important thing about goals is having one.” ~Geoffrey F. Abert Tweet That!
As a Professional Coach, I have some great tips for you today on setting and achieving goals that I would love to share with you:
1. Make sure to know your “Why”!
If you don’t know what is compelling and motivating you to set this goal, then it will be extremely difficult to remain committed when the going gets tough. Let’s be honest, we all have those days!
2. Set and Refine the goal.
Once your goal is set (and hopefully written down), it becomes something real. Before that, it is just a dream, an idea…something intangible in your mind. Once you state it clearly and write it down, your play is set in motion. As you look at the goal, make sure it is achievable and realistic, given all the things that are going on in your life right now. It is much more important to take those small, focused steps than making such a lofty one and feeling defeated because you were not able to get started. Once you get started, you can always refine the goal - but you have to get started.
3. Determine the self-sabotage.
We all have those things that we do that really get in the way of our progress. There are people that we listen to that inhibit our growth. There are beliefs that we hold that have not been updated to the real truth of who we are. Strategize how you will keep moving down the field, and fine tune how you will handle the challenges you’ll encounter along the way.
4. Identify your support team.
We are not called to be lone-rangers. So, having that support team is so important to your progress. Your support team consists of those who can hold you accountable, are willing to challenge you, and provide encouragement. Who is this in your life?
5. Consider a Stretch-Goal.
I surprised a client of mine last month by asking her about her “stretch goal”. What is a stretch goal? It is a goal that stretches you beyond your comfort zone. This allows you to keep growing and consider those things that you normally would not have done. I am reminded of a personal trainer in these circumstances who often encourage us to stretch beyond what we think we can accomplish. We tend to surprise ourselves when we do achieve a stretch goal. So don’t just settle on the comfortable, dip your feet into the unknown, and trust that you will be just fine!
As the old saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Tweet That!
What step can you take to set a goal for yourself today? If you aren’t sure where to start, I have created a simple assessment you can take to help you become clear about where you are today so you know where you can take your first step. It’s easy and free, just click here and enter your name and email address to take the assessment now. Take that one small step that will get you closer to setting the goals that will encourage you to THRIVE in the most important moments of your life!
THRIVE in your moments!