posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR
Did you have some New Year’s resolutions for 2009 way back in January? Are you working steadily toward those goals or are they long-forgotten? Whatever your answer, I think July is just as good a time to think about visions and goals. In fact, it’s a good habit to review and modify your goals on a regular basis. It’s also good to write down your goals and to talk about your goals. “Studies” have shown that committing something to paper and talking about it to other people makes you more likely to follow through on it.
Right now, just start thinking about some of your goals, short-term and long-term, using the following framework:
GOALS that will take you FAR should be:
FLUID: Allow your goals to be flexible. As you change, they will also change. If you get too attached to a specific goal or outcome, you may miss many opportunities, either because you won’t recognize them as opportunities, or you will dismiss anything that does not fit neatly into your plan.
ACTION-ORIENTED: Attach an action plan to each goal. Map out specific steps necessary to make the goal a reality. If you wouldn’t plan a road trip without a map, why would you plan your life without one?
RELEVANT: First identify your core values. Then be sure your goals are relevant to those values. You will be much more motivated to work toward goals that reflect what is most important to you.
In the next few posts, I’ll talk about identifying your values and related goals and mapping out strategies to reach your goals.