When you hear someone talk about setting goals you either get excited or get stressed, as setting goals is a two-way street. Let me explain what I mean; we really do value having goals and if we achieve them we are very excited, but then if we do not reach them we consider ourselves as failing. Goals are either our friend or our foe depending on how successful you are at setting and reaching them.
Goals are necessary for any business in order to keep things moving ahead. Good practice management will incorporate realistic goals for employees and management staff.
The following is one definition of what a goal is; A goal is a desired purpose or objective that a person or system envisions, plans and commits to achieve. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines to their goals.
Goals need to be meaningful and inspiring to the goal setter or there is a good chance that they will not be reached and often the killer is having a deadline, if the setter is not good at keeping deadlines. If you have a goal that is not real inspiring to you, like cleaning the garage, you can add a reward for yourself when you have finished it to make it more desirable and you more motivated to complete it.
“The most important thing about goals is having one.”
~Geoffry F. Abert
Goals, whether they are personal, professional, or office team oriented need to be achievable, they should be challenging, but simple to explain to others. They need to move and inspire you or your team to the point of successfully completing them. A good way to measure if your goal is a great one is when you or your team talks about it, you light up and get excited about it.
When setting goals you must take the time to think them through as a well thought out goal will have direction, detail and desire to be able to carry it out. Goals really are great stepping-stones to show us in a measurable way we are heading toward the ultimate place we wish to achieve in our personal and professional life.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes”
Author: Tina Del Buono, PMAC