Every year, so many people, in fact probably all of us in some form or another, set new years resolutions. Only to have completely forgotten them by the 3rd week of January. So I thought I would provide you with this guide to goal setting, that if you actually implement, will truly change your life, and what you can do to make sure that you have the best chances of sticking to them.
I recommend that you set goals for all the different areas of your life, and here at Level 10 Living, I am going to show you 10 areas to focus on.
Often people pick one main goal to focus on, however that leaves such a large area of your life that you won’t improve. If you only focus on work, then chances are your health and relationships will suffer. You should have a goal for each area.
You will have probably heard this before, and you are going to hear it again. SMART goals are essential to your success in attaining them. So what is a SMART goal?
The goal has to be specific.. for example:
Bad: I want to lose weight next year.
Better: I will lose 15lbs. Or I will lose 3 inches off my waist.
Bad: I will grow my business.
Better: I will grow my business by 50%. Or, I will grow the monthly revenue to £83,000.
The goal has to be measurable. There has to be a point where you can say I have achieved my goal. And points along the way, that you can say, ok I am on target to hit my goal, or ok I am little behind what can I do to catch up.
The ‘A’ can stand for a few things, but I like action based. This to me means the goal is directly my responsibility. I can take actions that will lead me to achieving the goal.
The goal should be realistic. However this comes with a warning. Too often I see people limiting their goals to be “realistic”. Realistic, often becomes “boring”. So I encourage you to aim high, think big, and whatever your goal is…. double it 🙂
You have to put a time on the goal. By when will you achieve the goal? For example:
Bad: I will grow the monthly revenue to £83,000.
Better: I will grow the monthly revenue to £83,000 by October 1st 2016.
Now you can track the goal, and say at key points whether you are on or off target.
Ok so I am going to add 2 more to this, to make them SMARTER goals.
So this is what I started talking about under the “realistic” part. The goal has to excite you. It has to challenge you. It has to scare you a little bit. Now you will start striving for something greater, and i love seeing this happen.
For example, when someone says, I need to generate £2,000 in the next 4 weeks, and I turn around and say, show me how you are going to generate £6,000 in the next 4 weeks. Initially they get a bit freaked out. But as they start putting a plan together for £6,000, they start getting excited. “I could actually do this!” Sweet, so go do it! Getting £6,000 is much more exciting than £2,000. Seeing someone work their arse off and achieve that goal is amazing.
Set yourself a goal that excites and challenges you!
One thing that us entrepreneurs often really struggle with is celebrating the wins. We hit our major goals, give ourselves a quick pat on the back, and then it’s straight on to the new goal.
Why do we set these goals if we are not going to enjoy it when we achieve them? Dont lose the excitement. If you have a team of people, make sure you celebrate when they or the company hits big goals, make a big deal out if it! Encourage the behaviour of achieving goals!
I like to set the reward at the start, for example. If we as a company achieve this goal we will all go out to restaurant X and have a big celebration on me.
I even know one business owner, who set her team a ludicrous sales goal, which had to be achieved 3 months in a row! She told her team, if you achieve it, I will take you all to Paris for a week, all expenses paid……
They only freaking did it!!! and what a way to celebrate! She loved taking them to Paris, they had an amazing time!
Now it doesn’t have to be a trip to Paris, but what could you do for you and your team? Again, make it exciting.
Time To Set Your Goals
So you have the outline of how to write SMARTER goals. Now you actually have to do it… so here is what I suggest you do.
Brainstorm, everything that you would like to improve in all areas of your life.
Then select the best goal from each area to focus on. Make sure they align with the SMARTER principles.
You should now have 7-10 goals.
Don’t worry about how you are going to achieve them yet. Just have the goals written down.
Tips For Achieving Them
Now in order to give yourself the best chance of achieving them you need to do the following:
- Write out the list on a piece of paper, and stick it to your office wall, or somewhere you will see each day.
- Read them EVERYDAY! They should ALWAYS be at the front of your mind. You were the one who decided these were important to you, so you should always know what you are aiming at.
- Break each goal down into the simple actions that you need to do daily to achieve them.
- Set dates for review. I like a monthly review of my goals. I set the time in my calendar to go over and review my goals, track where I am with them, and note how I can improve over the next 4 weeks.
Alright, there you have it, the ultimate guide to setting and achieving your goals in 2016!
I can’t wait to hear your goals, and see you achieve them!
Let’s have an AWESOME 2016!!