Goal setting, if done wisely, can be a very effective means, not only of improving our productivity, but also of improving our well-being. Also, writing a goal down increases the likelihood of completing the goal by 70%! Like many things in life, the destination is not always as important as the journey. Grit is another support of goal achievement. Having a committed goal pursuit (shooting for something) can:
- Increase a sense of purpose and control in life
- Increase self esteem, the belief we can make significant changes in our lives / world
- Add structure and interest to our daily lives
- Help us learn to strategize and prioritize our time
- Keep us grounded in crisis
- Bring us into contact with others
- First, decide if you are making a goal for:
- Project Goals: A well defined, usually short term (year or less) project type goal
- Life Goal: Such as being a better partner or parent
- Project Goals are best outlined use the SMARTER goal template. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Specific – What in the smallest steps possible, do I want to do?
- Measurable – What can you measure, with numbers, to see if progress is being made?
- Achievable – Do I have the resources to achieve my goal? Time, money, emotional energy, etc.?
- Relevant – What do I hope to get out of completing this goal?
- Timely – By when will the goal show results?
- Evaluated – How will I know I achieved my goal?
- Reviewed – What did I learn, how did I grow, and what new goals may I have now?
Ex.: I will park in the back of the parking lot 5 times this week before it’s too hot to train myself for longer walks for the next month. I will track my data in an app and see if walking becomes easier to do.
- Life Goals are best begun by building up hope and motivation with the WOOP template, then defining the (very) flexible plan by asking ourselves 3 questions.
- Wish – Think of a meaningful and attainable wish
- Outcome – Imagine you are already experiencing the wish as strongly as possible!
- Obstacle – Quickly afterward, think of internal obstacles holding you back, clearly and strongly
- Plan – Create if / then plans for when you encounter those obstacles
- Now that we are more likely to follow through with our goal because we’ve Wooped it up!, ask yourself these questions.
- Rather than what my goal is, ask why do I have this goal?
- Rather than being good, ask how can I be better than I am now?
- we need to focus on details and avoid distractions or temptations, ask how do we prevent not achieving our goal?
- we want to try new things, increase creativity or optimism, and value speed over accuracy, ask how well can I do?
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