It's that time of the year again. The time when we start to review our goals and see if we hit them, or not. It is the time when we think about what we want to achieve next year.
But are you creating progressive goals? What I mean by this is that they are goals that are stepping stones to even greater success.
To create progressive goals, you need to follow the following 5-step process:
Step 1. Ask Yourself - What Matters Most?
A big mistake that I have seen people make is that they decide to create enormous goals without thinking about what really matters to them. Forget about your family, friends etc, you need to think about what matters to you!
I have seen people who set a goal to get a salary increase, to get more responsibility, to get a new title. But what happens? When they get what they thought they wanted, they find it brings no more happiness or success.
Remember step 1 - ask yourself "What's most important to me?" Then begin to create your goal around the answer you found.
Step 2. You Are In It For The Long-Term, However, You Plan For The Short-Term
When you think long term, you can see the big picture. However, I fully understand that this can also be difficult, as you think, "How can I get there if I am thinking about what I want to achieve in 5 years."
Thus, my advice is to create effective short-term goals which will help you reach the long-term big goal. Every time you reach a short-term goal, it helps you see that you are getting closer to the long-term goal,
By thinking long-term and planning short-term, you are setting yourself up for greater success.
Step 3. Break Down Your Short Term Goals With KPIs
You use KPIs in business right? To show you how you are getting on. Well, you need to use them in goal setting too! Your KPIs will keep you motivated.
For example, if you have a goal of becoming more proficient in English, you need to ask yourself - what are the actual key results I need to achieve? What are the steps I need to take? What do I need to do in order for this to happen?
Having a goal is great, but what are the steps needed to achieve this goal? Each goal you have should contain key results. In this way, you can better measure your progress towards the goal.
Step 4. 10x Your Goal
This is always a tricky one. What I mean is, should you set an enormous goal or one that is out of reach?
Let's say you want to set a goal of placing 5 candidates a week, would it be better to set a goal of 15 candidates a week? You will work as hard and even if you only place 7 candidates per week, it is still more than the smaller goal of 5 (in this case you might only place 3 candidates).
Always ask yourself the following:
"Is this the best I can do?"
Step 5. Engage In Forward Thinking
When you decide to create a progressive goal, you must always think ahead.
Having said that, be realistic as you can't always think or predict all the outcomes (hello Covid, hello 2020!) However, you should always think about a plan B in case you need to alter your goal to fit into current situations. For example, just because you can't see candidates face to face you don't give up, you get a Zoom account or other video conferencing system (even the phone) and do interviews there.
By thinking ahead, you can have a plan or strategy in place to help you continue towards your goal. This is so important as rather than giving up you just see it as a challenge to overcome.
Follow The Process
Like anything in life, when you have a process in place, you can follow the steps to success. This is also how I help professionals like you improve their English - I follow a process and a program, rather than just giving you a series of classes with no focus.
Feel free to watch this short video, so you can see how I can help you: