As we wrap up the month of January, I will like to share with you some recent information I got from a webinar I attended late last year on how to set goals that’ll stick in 2019.
This webinar was arranged by one of my coaches – Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt)
I have been setting personal annual goals for close to 2 decades now & sometimes I hit the bull-eyes & sometimes I miss, but what I have seen constantly despite the success or failure is GROWTH.
You can review a couple of my previous posts on personal development & goal settings from the links below
- Personal Development Planning – Part 1
- Personal Development Planning – Part 2
- Setting the right priorities !!!
- Be a Better YOU!
According to Michael, there are 5 proven strategies to overcome goal failure.
I’ll take a stab at a few now, conclude in another post & hopefully it will be of help to someone out there.
Get SPECIFIC about what you want. I’m sure we’ve heard about S.M.A.R.T goal setting technique & even the evolved S.M.A.R.T.R ( including R for Reward) or S.M.A.R.T.E.R ( adding E for Evaluate & R for Re-Adjust), no matter what technique(s) you adopt, it all starts with S for Specific. The more specific your goal is the higher the chances of achieving them. Setting a goal to save money or lose weight this year is good but it will become more achievable if you are more specific of how much you want to really save or how much weight you intend to lose this year.
A key factor that helps in being specific is to have a end in mind. Have a mental picture of what you will do with the saved money or how perfect you will look in that dress when you wear it. In the case of weight loss, I know some folks who actually ordered their dress in the anticipated size, kept it in their closet & looked at it everyday as a form of motivation. This picture & a vision of the end zone keeps you motivated.
Ask yourself these questions:
‣ At the end of this year, what will I want to have achieved?
‣ What will I regret not doing?
‣ What will matter most to me?
Another major action that’ll help you stick your goals this year as you go specific is to consider multiple domains, I personally call it the Wheel of Life. As human beings, our existence in life is tied to a number of domains & over the years I’ve identified about 6-7, but with the webinar Michael expanded my views using a different concept call The Circle:
The Circle of BEING
The Circle of RELATING
The Circle of DOING
I do realise that not everyone operates in all of the domains but no matter what, you do exist & relate with these 3 circles (or 10 domains) one way or the other.
Based on your preference, it’s important to prioritise & get clarity of your expectation within these domains so as to avoid blurry vision.
Action Point #1
Write 7-10 specific goals you want to achieve in 2019 with reference to the 10 domains. Just have like 1 goal per domain ( if possible)
Specificity matters because it makes your aspirations achievable.
“Dreams may be imaginable but goals are actionable.” –Michael Hyatt
Concentrate your efforts on just a few goals. I’ve fallen into this trap a couple of times over the years in which I end up with like 25-30 goals & it’s not surprising that my success rate in those years were dreadful ( below 20%). However, my high success rates years in recent times ( about 60%) are tied to few goals upon review.
When you have so many goals, you weaken your aspirations & fracture your focus. To achieve big goals in life, successful people ( Winners) will tell you that your focus needs to be sharp & highly concentrated – The lazer type of focus.
“Man who chases two rabbits catches neither.” —Ancient Proverb
Action Point #2
Get 2-3 critical goals that you’ll be lazer-focused on every quarter ( 90 days)
30 days have passed…… Do you have set goals for 2019?
Are they specific enough to motivate you? Do they cover your multiple domains?
What are your targets for Q1 2019?……… Do you have lazer-focus?
This is my snippet…. I AM SHALOMESQ!!!