Goal Setting: 25 Tips
At Blue Pencil Institute, we help our clients establish "Goldilocks goals" for their careers and their lives -- ones that are not too hard, not too soft, but just right. How? Here are Blue Pencil Institute's top 25 tips for setting personal and professional goals. For more information about Blue Pencil Institute's programs, products, and coaching, visit our website at www.bluepencilinstitute.com. For more tips for career professionals, follow Dr. Laura Hills on Twitter @DrLauraHills.
Writing down your goals is the first step toward achieving them.
Phrase your goals like you've already achieved them. Ex: "I now own outright a new blue BMW 4-door sedan" or "I have just been promoted".
Write goals in positive terms. Ex "I am now free of the habit of smoking." (NOT: "I'm not a smoker.") Positive outcomes are more motivating.
Establish goals that do not contradict one another. Don't try to buy a $950,000 house if your income goal is only $50,000 per year.
Set goals that are high but attainable. A too-easy goal with little payoff isn't very motivating. Impossible goals are a turnoff.
Forget what sounds good or noble or what others expect of you. Choose goals that resonate with you personally.
If your career goal falls into the "should" category, or is not self-imposed, it's probably not the right goal for you.
Establish goals in these six areas: Family/Home, Spiritual/Ethical, Social/Cultural, Mental/Educational, Financial/Career, Health/Wellbeing.
Establish three types of personal goals: Accomplishments. Behaviors. Things.
Recognize when you're establishing goals out of pain you haven't yet worked through. Work on healing before trying to move forward.
Choose goals that represent what you want for yourself and others when no one is looking and that are consistent with your personal values.
Develop goals that are bold and that excite you. Don't be ho-hum about them. You will need more than discipline to succeed.
The more successful you become, the more you'll be deluged with opportunities. Don't let new opportunities distract/pull you off course.
It can be daunting if all of your goals are hugely difficult and will require years of hard work. Establish both short- and long-term goals.
Establish career and life goals that are truly YOUR goals. Don't try to please others at your own expense.
Three top reasons we don't achieve our goals: We don't value them. They aren't sufficiently specific. We lack the support we need.
Write goals with passionate, motivating language. Ex: "I absolutely love and am excited about waking up every day in my beautiful new home."