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Writing Goals That Stick.
January at Talent Formula is all about kicking off 2014 with INTENTION.
We encourage our community to take space to sit, reflect on 2013, and set some big life goals. It’s not only about defining the goal but also about determining key next steps in 2014 to get there. Grace Lanuza kicked it off with tips to set lifestyle changes versus goals and Helen with growth areas that are continual works in progress.
For those that know me well, in typical Chelsea fashion, I’m going to help you plan your goals. My method: setting mini targets to ensure you are accountable to yourself and more likely to achieve them!
New Year’s Resolutions typically don’t work and here are the stats:
So, why set resolutions? Don’t! Set GOALS!
Goals work IF you are thoughtful about pre-defining success and the path to get there.
6 Tips for Goal Setting That Work:
1. Write Your Goals Down
Studies show that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by documenting them.
Identify your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal), define what success looks like, AND set mini milestones along the way. This way, your goals become less daunting and you create a road map to your success.
Goals should always be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound) – these are great points to think about when defining individual goals.
2. Share Your Goals
By saying them out loud to friends, colleagues, and family, they will help you be accountable. The key is sharing deadlines so they can check in with you along the way.
3. Build a Support Network
Build a support network – get an Executive coach, mentor, peer, master mind group to help hold you accountable to your goals. These should be people that remind you why it’s important, hold you accountable to your deadlines, give you tips and hold you up when you are down, and help you celebrate wins along the way.
4. Remember It’s OK to Make Changes
I’ve set goals that in January make perfect sense but with changes at work or a new job on the horizon, my goals no longer work.
Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate, switch them up and make changes. Just don’t back away from that BHAG because the going gets tough!
5. Reflect Regularly
I sit down on a month basis (the first Saturday of each month) to check in on my goal, evaluate what I said I would accomplish in the last month, review how I did, and make a plan for the upcoming month.
By creating time for reflection, my goals never stray too far from my mind.
6. Celebrate Milestones
Goals can be really big and sometimes it is hard to see the day it will be achieved.
Accomplishing them might be a year or several years in motion. Don’t forget to celebrate mini milestones along the way. A celebratory drink with your support network, a new course, buying a new book (or purse!) – whatever works for you!
My 2014 Goals:
Practicing what I’m recommending, I’m sharing one my 2014 goals and strategies here. I would love for you to share yours below!
Incorporate Talent Formula – it is currently a sole proprietorship and based on 2 successful years, I’m ready to officially incorporate!
Using my network, I’ve determined next steps to incorporate and strong financial strategies.
Be officially incorporated by 2014 end of Q1
Source for New Year’s Resolutions Stats