It’s the start of 2008 and a popular time for many people to set goals for the coming year. In the past, I’ve read many tips, articles and books about setting goals and often something seems to be missing in the advice given.
It’s often recommended to specify exactly what you want, so instead of saying ‘I want to work from home’, you get more specific by saying ‘I want x number of new clients this month’. Or instead of saying ‘I want to lose weight’, you say ‘I want to lose X pounds in 4 weeks’.
This is all very well and good. However, I’ve found that the chances of reaching these kinds of goals are greatly increased when you write down your goals in terms of behaviours.
Examples of this would be “I will go to X number of networking events this month”, or “I will join X number of online forums to network with potential clients this month” or “I will exercise X times per week over the next month”.
The difference is that you’re writing down what you need to do to achieve your goals, not just the goals themselves. This way, you’re much more likely to reach them, rather than having a pie-in-the-sky idea.
Do you have any ideas or tips about goal setting to share with me?