By Gerard Jakimavicius, Life Coach Associates
We all have ideas, aspirations or goals in our heads — it is a fundamental part of human psyche to want to develop and grow. That need to grow can sometimes be held back by fear or choosing the easy option to stay in our comfort zones. But even in our comfort zone we can still have that need to grow twitching in the background, whether we fully realise it or not. I want to share some ideas around setting and achieving goals. The process is actually simple, even when the goal or challenge is big.
Part one: Setting and Planning
• I suggest you consider stretching and challenging yourself with big goals. However, your goals still need to be realistic; but even the biggest goal can be achieved if they are broken down into manageable small chunks (sometimes called the salami technique).
• Creating goals can be fun and inspiring - especially if they come from inside you and reflect your values and who really are!
• If the goals are work related please ensure you retain a healthy Work-Life Balance.
• Give yourself sufficient time to use your imagination, play with your vision and where appropriate do enough research.
• Some ideas may be just in your heads, others may be scribbled down. Crafting and writing them allows your creativity to kick in and opens the space to define and develop your ideas. Whether your preferred learning style is visual, auditory or kinaesthetic, writing and crafting goals helps enormously in allowing them to become real. Play with the wording until it articulates precisely what you want to achieve. This is time well spent.
• When crafting the words make the goal SMART i.e. Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic and Time bound. Many people would do this for a business goal, so why not for personal goals?
• The plan should be in a style or format that works for you. This is important — the style and format needs to be right for you so that you want to pick it up and check it regularly. You should be excited by it and drawn to it.
• Set timescales and milestones. Make sure this includes simple and appropriate measures so that you can track your progress.
• It can be helpful to share and create your goal with a "partner" — many people now use a professional experienced Coach, who can also keep you on track until the goal is attained.
Part Two - Actioning and Achieving
• Get started - just dive in. As mentioned above, if you divide the goal into small chunks, the first step should not be daunting.
• Don't procrastinate - this just frustrates us and drains us of energy; be brave, dive in and make a start. Starting can often be the hardest stage. We all make choices every day - and it is our decisions in response to those choices that shape who we really are and what we achieve. So choose action. Start soon and start strong!
• Working with your partner or coach can help you get a great start, keep you motivated and stay on track.
• Review progress by using the measures you have identified. Decide what you are measuring and how often you measure. Often this can be the deciding factor on whether we wobble and fall, or stay on track and succeed.
• If you encounter problems or have fresh insights, do not be afraid to adapt the plan. Keep it real and keep it alive.
• Give yourself credit when you attain each step on the journey toward the end goal.
• Celebrate when the goal is achieved - do not hold back from giving yourself what you deserve.
• Share your success with others ... broadcast it!
May the force be with you! Start now.