Without a finish line how do we know when the race is done? Without records of our time how do we know if we are improving or if our approach is working. Dr. Frank Layman
We have to set goals to improve our probability of success. For without a target how do we know when we hit the mark? Dr Frank Layman
To identify achievement goals, the following steps may prove to be useful:
(1) Determine the desired outcome of your efforts
When we start with the desired outcome, called reverse planning, we can remain more focused on the goal.
(2) Develop an understanding of the component parts of the goals.
How many steps are there to be retrained for a new career?
3) Take time to examine all the potential barriers to achieving your goals.
How will circumstances play a role? Will there be time constraints?
(4) Establish goals that truly relate to the desired outcomes.
If you cannot express your desired outcome for attaining the goals it might not be functional but rather vain.
5) Ask the hard questions “What is my hope for attaining this goal? What problems are I having and will continue to have if I don’t achieve the desired outcome?
6) You may have more than one goal this will compete for one of your most valued resources – time. It is acceptable to have multiple goals but don’t allow your self to dilute your effectiveness by distractions.
7) What is the realistic time frame for achievement? When we chose timelines that are not realistic it deflates the enthusiasm for the work and dedication it takes to reach our goals
8) If you chose multiple goals it helps to rank them and to be flexible enough to shelve the lower ranked ones if they distract, dilute, or delay effectiveness of approach to obtaining the primary goals.
9) Plug as many holes in the boat as possible prior to setting sail. Dr Frank Layman
This involves planning and mental gymnastic activities. Look at all potential risks, barriers and restrictions that could arise and have an antidote for them.
10) Adapt and overcome. There are always going to be unforeseen issues that come up once they do, and they will, be prepared mentally to address them. If you cannot address them know who to seek out for expert recommendations.
Pain in the last quarter mile. You feel it, but when you’re through racing, your whole body just feels elated. So the pain is worth it. Louie Zamperini
11) To effectively prepare to execute your plans it is important that support groups are aware and apart of the goal. Families need to understand the importance of the sacrifice of time and energy to reach the goal. You give them the opportunity to rally around you and be a contributor of your future success.
12) Include daily motivation and self-development as part of the plan for achievement.
Other goal setting, and achieving considerations:
Ask who will be responsible for each recognized component of the goal who will do what.
Consider time frame expectations – by when should I achieve the subset goals and my primary goal.
Once the goal is obtained did the was the desired outcome achieved
Let’s get started putting these steps in place to write the goals for the goal setting at a perfect time. In time for setting New Year resolutions, in order to make 2015 the launch for your best future you.
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Dr Frank Layman