4 steps to achieving those goals you wrote
Now's a great time to reflect so you can get where you wanted to go
As individuals we take time out, usually at the beginning of the year, to recognize that there some things we'd like to achieve, change or eliminate in our experience. As a business owner, you probably look at your goals several times a year (hopefully!), reviewing, reworking and/or abandoning the ones that may have proved more difficult than you originally imagined. As a business professional, you thought about where you wanted to be in your career, 12 months from now. Fast forward to today, At the time of writing, the autumn is approaching and the kids are getting ready to go back to school in the next couple of weeks. We are fast approaching the final quarter of the year - a perfect time to revisit your goals and very often, there's enough time left in the year for you to achieve your goals. Business, personal, or both, there's still time to make a difference and make this a winning year.
Let's take a look at getting to those goals and turn what may have been a feeling of overwhelm into a feeling of accomplishment. There a number of things to take into account when looking at your goals at this time of year and any/all of these items can help you to be successful in the time remaining (the current year). These items are; What do your goals say? Why did you set these particular goals? How have your goals changed over the last months? What can you do now to achieve your goals? I've structured the rest of this post around accomplishing your goals whether you're a business owner or business professional. The steps apply to any goal setting activity you consider doing when you've felt that time is running out, or that it's too late to get started.
~ A goal without a plan is just a wish ~
What do your goals say?
When you developed and came up with these goals, there were things you wanted to accomplish and this goal was going to help you get where? You took the time to dream up and fantasize about what the outcome would mean to you. You may have even taken the time to write them down, following the prescribed pattern of making each goal S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.) The point is, there was a reason for your goal and that goal says something about what was/is important to you. What does that look like for you? Go back to those goals you wrote at the beginning of the year and a sheet of paper. For each goal you wrote, write a sentence about why you wrote the original goal. Just one sentence. Write it in this form: "I wrote that this goal (enter goal name here) because I wanted to (fill in the reason here) before the end of the year. You can do this, it's just one sentence. Now we're ready to move to the next step.
Why did you set these goals?
Now you have your one sentence about your goal. It's going to help you get to your own "Why" - as in "why" this goal was/is important, "why" you felt it was important enough to write it down, "why" you told yourself it would make the difference in your life that you envisioned. On that same sheet of paper, underneath your answer to "what do your goals say", add a paragraph to each goal that describes why you set your goal in the first place.
How have your goals changed?
It's probably been a while since you created that goal and things change. As you examine each goal, how have things changed since you wrote it. What has changed and how does that change impact your goal? Write it down. Weigh the change impact on the goal - will the change mean your goal is no longer doable? if you were to modify your goal, could you still get it an outcome you would consider successful?
What can you do now to achieve your goals?
These steps will help you get back in touch with what you previously identified as important. You have a clear picture on your "what" and "why", and you've also listed the changes that have happened so your goal is now looking back at you in it's current state. State your goal as a SMART goal based on your findings and add a due date of mid-December to review your goals again and to celebrate your success (because you'll definitely be successful if you get started now). There's no reason to give up on your goal because you've lost a little faith in getting it done, you can power through your goals to get to your success.