One approach to “Make 2010 Unforgettable!” is to focus on what you want to create in the next 12 months. The key here is to focus on what you want to create. Many of us get caught up in trying to avoid versus going toward what we want. The other thing many people tend to do is focus on what they “should” do. I recommend you write your goals based on what you want versus focusing on what you don’t want or what you should do!
Also, your overall vision may be bigger than what you can create this year. Ok, good! Just start with what feels realistic for the coming year and you can build on that from year to year. To help you in this endeavor here are three straightforward (although not always easy) guidelines to follow. Some of these things just take practice. I also recommend taking a look at “The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-Being” by Hale Dwoskin as an additional resource.
Here are three guidelines for defining your goals:
- Positive – State your goals in a positive manner (e.g., I allow myself to facilitate four (4) workshops a month by December 2010 as opposed to I will stop fighting with my wife).
- Measurable – Write your goals in a way that allows them to be measurable; one way to provide measurability is through dates and numbers. Note the number of workshops and date in the example above.
- Achievable – The great thing about goal setting is that the number and size of your goals is entirely up to you; after all, they are your goals! If you are going for a lot (in number or size), remember to consider your goals in their entirety, meaning stepping back when you have defined them and ask yourself if what you have defined is attainable over the period (in this case 12 months) that you have chosen. If not, reduce, expand the timeline, and/or prioritize and focus on accomplishing them in the order of priority.
Here are some additional things to consider:
One, while we pursue our goals circumstances in our life can change. Actually, if you are going for your goals circumstances may very well change based on your intentions. When circumstances change in your life you can always come back and reprioritize, add on to or reduce the size/number of your goals. Work with what you have – not how you think it should be.
Break it Down
Second, for many people, the big picture is easier to comprehend than the details for how that big picture can be created. It is much easier for most people to take on a goal after they have broken the goal into smaller goals, task or activities. By breaking your goals into smaller bit size chunks (weekly, monthly, quarterly) they can feel more achievable and they are less likely to feel overwhelming.
Third, the time span of your goals is driven in large part by how much time and energy you want to or are willing to devote to your goal. Set a specific date by which you want to achieve your goal and then carve out the activities required for achieving that goal over the pre-determine time period.
For example, when I decided to create my first workshop (Make 2010 Unforgettable!) I determined I wanted to facilitate my first workshop in February 2010. Knowing this, I determined the activities required to accomplish this goal (e.g., curriculum – with target audience and goals, location, marketing materials and time for marketing). From there I determined how much time I needed for each activity and when I would complete them with February as my end date. That last step helped me to see if my February date was achievable and/or to whether I wanted to rearrange other commitments, which I did to meet my February deadline.
Define how much time/energy you want to devote to your goal and then derive your end date by allotting time to the activity required to achieve your goal until you have all your activities accounted for. An example in this scenario I can use the same goal but say that I am not going to change priorities and I am going to allot 4 hours a week to achieving this goal. Let’s say I determine it will take 60 hours to complete the entire task I listed for this goal (prepare and market the workshop). In this example I would divide the total (60 hours) by my weekly allotment (4 hours) and come up with 15 weeks. If I was starting this goal on January 1st, I could roughly say based on this scenario I would complete this goal near the end of April.
Neither of the above approaches are better than the other, it is how you want to approach your goals! A large part of achieving your goals is figuring out what works for you.
Big dreams are good – the world needs them. Break them down into “bite size chunks” so you can achieve them!
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