By Debra W. Gould, MS
Achieving your goals isn't a slam dunk. Can you do what it takes to meet them? The first step is to understand where you are today and where you want to be in the future. Only then can you determine the path, turns and detours and the points where you'll need to step on the accelerator.
I recently started going to a personal trainer. At the beginning of our very first session, he asked, "So, what are you trying to accomplish?" "To get in better shape?" I hesitantly answered. "Well, without a clear goal, you will not be able to see your progress, you will lose momentum, and we won't be able to see if the training is paying off." "In that case, to fit in my clothes from last year and to keep up a walking pace with my husband."
This is goal-setting dilemma is common with many professionals. They are ready to set goals and action plans but fall short of knowing where to start. Why? They can't address where they are today nor can they describe the future destination they consider to be success. Without a clear goal they don't know where they're headed, so any path will get them there.
Here’s an example of what can set apart those people who live by goals and those who don't: They know where they're headed and they are committed to a goals routine. People who have goals know where they want to go. You might be thinking, "I wish it were that simple ... I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up, and I never have." If you're searching for your destination, you don't have to sort out your entire life purpose in order to achieve in career path. All you need to do is set a target for yourself that can be as simple as an annual target. You also need to have a good answer to the question: "Does my entire being scream with desire to achieve this goal? Will I be in agony and turmoil until I do?"
If the answer is yes, then you're in great shape to get started. (Perhaps you don't need all the angst and agony, but people who are not dissatisfied with where they are don't often make it to the next level.)
As you're crafting your goals, take time to identify big goals, such as becoming the high performer in the company for five years in a row or retiring at age 55. Then align these big picture goals with short term goals, including what you need to do this year, this quarter, this month, this week and today.
Debra W. Gould, MS is the president of Debra Gould & Associates, Inc. based in New Orleans and provides management consulting and training services to commercial and government clients. Debra is one of the founders of The Ebony Speakers and co-author of the book, Real Women, Real Issues - Positive Collaborations For Business Success.
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