Do you have goals and an action plan?
At some stage, most of us have probably been asked one or more of the following questions:
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
- What is your New Year's resolution?
- What are your plans for retirement?
You might have answers for some of these questions; for some, you might not. The important thing to note, though, is that these are all questions about goals.
So, is it important to set goals? Why?
The strategies around goal setting and action planning can be different for each person. Like most things in life, it's not a one-size-fits-all. (A coach can help work with you on an effective strategy that's right for you.)
An effective strategy could help with:
- Clarity of purpose and direction
Personally speaking, I find that once I have set myself a goal and action plan, I am more clear in the steps I need to take to work towards its achievement (having a game plan, so to speak).
Think of a time when you have set yourself a clear goal and a plan towards achieving it. How did it go? Did you tick off milestones along the way? Did you have a sense of accomplishment?
Now, what about times when you felt so bogged down by a myriad of choices to make, work to do, other people's opinions, and so on... Did you have some clear goals set, or were you just reacting to things as they demanded attention, with no set priorities or plan?
Sure, this might be doable in the short-term, but is it sustainable for you long-term?
Does the size of the goal matter?
Well, not really...
Goal setting can be effective for small goals / 'quick-wins', as well as big-picture / big-decision / life-changing goals. What I think matters is setting yourself up for the best chance of success.
There are different models that can be followed, and it's good to go with the one that works for you.
But consider setting yourself a SMART goal. That is: Specific | Measurable | Achievable | Realistic | Time-based
By articulating a clear goal following these parameters, you can then plan your steps towards achieving it (generally, you will be creating a plan that will address who, what, where, when, why, and how).
Want to know more?
I work with clients to set meaningful goals and action plans. Interested? Contact me to discuss how I can work with you on goal setting and action planning towards achieving great things.