In this episode of the Unstoppable Success Podcast we’re talking about goal setting and its importance to your unstoppable success!
This is a great time of year to be thinking about your goals! Actually anytime of year is a great time, but here are 6 things to keep in mind about the process of setting goals be it for your business or your personal life.
First, let me encourage you to get in the habit of setting goals. Here are some statistics that might surprise you:
According to Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech:
1. People who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as people who don’t.
2. 80% of Americans say they don’t have goals.
3. 16% do have goals but don’t write them down.
4. Less than 4% write down their goals and fewer than 1% review them on an ongoing basis.
Also, psychologically, writing your goals down makes you more accountable – and that’s a good thing to be.
The second thing I want to encourage you to do is to visualize the big picture. Spend some quiet time to reflect on how you want your life or your business to look and feel a year from now. And yes you heard me right – attaching feelings and emotions to our goals makes them more powerful. This might even be a good time to write down a few sentences about each goal with the reasons why you want to achieve that goal.
Third, make your goals SMART goals. I love to follow the SMART model of goals setting that’s out there. It’s an acronym for the characteristics of what each of your goals should be.
S stands for “specific”
M stands for “measureable”
A stands for “attainable”
R stands for “relevant”
T stands for “time-driven.”
The fourth thing about goals is that they should be shared. If they are business goals, share them with your work team and supervisor. If you are the owner of a company, share your business goals (within reason) with your staff members, contractors, and vendors. Let me take this one step further with you, share your business goals with your family and friends so they can be there to support you and understand you along the way.
Fifth, review your goals on a regular basis to see where you may need to dedicate more resource to be sure hat you are able to reach your goals in the timeframe you’ve established.
And finally, be sure to celebrate reaching your goals. All too often, we don’t stop to enjoy our success. We’re busy moving on to the next challenge or conquest. Taking the time to stop and recognize your success is an important part of the process and one that shouldn’t be overlooked. The celebration doesn’t have to be big or expensive. The reward that you give yourself only has to be significant enough for your to pause and get some enjoyment out of all the hard work you’ve put into reaching this point.