Goals as you know, are stepping stones to success in career, business, health, relationship, spirituality, etc. Notwithstanding, we fail either to translate our dreams and aspirations to clear goals or follow through set goals.
Without goals, we are headed to ‘nowhere” but a life of luck.
Therefore, it is important that our dreams and aspirations are translated into measurable goals which are periodically reviewed; weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually, as the case may be, and an effective system or workable plans are put in place to guide the achievement of these goals.
In this new month, whether it is losing 25 pounds or starting your own business, let us review why goal setting is key to productivity at work and in your personal life.
Goal setting helps you define what you’d want to achieve
Taking weight-loss goal as an example. Frank currently weighs 125kg which is way above the normal BMI (Body Mass Index) range. The risk associated with being overweight became a medical concern to Frank so, he drew up a goal to bring his weight down to 85kg in 2 months.
Goal setting helps you define what you’d want to achieve in a clear and definite timeline because the clearer and more definite the idea, the better.
It is important that this goal is written down and put up on a visible position, maybe your office desk or bedroom wall as a constant reminder.
Goal setting helps you determine it’s significance
It is not enough that your goal is clear or defined, it is important that you determine how bad you want to achieve that goal and the level of importance you attach to it because, there will be obstacles along the line – you will feel discouraged if you’re not hitting the mark set for yourself (for example, Frank records more or less ‘no improvement’ after 2 months as he weighs 124kg).
In order for you to make it through each goal, you have to want the result so badly that you’re willing to sacrifice your time and energy to work hard at it even when there are no visible positive outcomes. Let the relevance, value and significance attached to your goal remain high.
Goal setting helps you define the reward for achievement
Wages and salaries aren’t necessarily what motivates a person or an employee to improved productivity but a combination of other workplace incentives like a promotion, a recognition, an oversea training, a status car, etc. For every goal you set out to achieve, there is a reward attached to it.
Goal setting helps you see the real incentive behind your set goal(s). For example, Dropping just 5 to 10% of your body weight can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Likewise, getting a new degree has both psychological and financial impact on your day-to-day existence which ultimately leads to greater job opportunities, a salary raise, and a boost of confidence in the newly acquired skill or knowledge.
Goal setting helps you visualize the end goal
Goal setting helps you create visuals and mental images of what your end goal would look like. These images and or emotions becomes your actual motivator towards the achievement of your goal. This is best captured in a ‘vision board‘.
Vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. Read more…
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Goal setting helps you create strategies to achieve your goal
Like earlier mentioned, no matter how SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) your goal(s) is, without action plans or strategies to bring those goals from point A to point Z, it is equally as good as having no goal set in the first place.
As an individual or organization, this is the point where you draw up your mission / vision / core values / short and long term objectives / business strategies etc. In your strategy process, the following should be assessed:
- What do you want to achieve?
- Why do you want to achieve them?
- What do you need to achieve them?
- What are your strength and weakness?
- What are the opportunities and threats?
- How can you leverage on existing strengths?
- Is there need to acquire new skills or knowledge
- Who are your competitors and what are they doing?
- Is there a need for collaboration or partnership, etc?
In providing answers to these questions, a strategy document or action plan is put in place.
Goal setting helps you track your progress
It is not enough to have a strategy document or action plan without a follow-up process. I recently enrolled for a one-on-one consultation with Lotanna Ezeogu of Skills Tribe and what really helped our process and my productivity was the follow-up process put in place using Asana App to track my progress. I confess that, achieving those goals were not such an easy feat, bearing in mind other responsibilities juggling for my attention (a 9-5 job, studying for a professional certification, running my side hustle, blogging, family engagement, etc) but putting a tracking system in place is a MUST for any busy professional looking at achieving success.
Having a committed accountability partner or a support group (coaches and mentors falls under this category) who you share your goals or vision with, is also another way to motivate and track your goal progress.
Goal setting helps you stay resilient and focused
The key to accomplishing your goal is FOCUS – removing every clutter (which could be in the form of negative energy, fear, comparison, timidity, excuses, procrastination, obstacles, friends, mobile phone, social media, TV, etc) and sticking to what matters.
Staying focused entails doing what you have to do NOW (not tomorrow) to get to where you want to be. Time is of essence and Time Management is a key tool for any busy professional committed to high productivity.
I’d admit that I slacked in the previous months in relation to my set goals but rather than beat up myself in despair, I am consistently closing up the gaps by re-strategizing, building tracking systems and keeping focused. Never forget that you are human first, not a superman/woman. When next it feels like you are not working optimally, then it is time to review your goals AGAIN.
If you need help to get started, do not hesitate to contact me or drop a comment below.
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