Monday, January 2, 2012
Years ago, a colleague shared this goal setting map with me and it clicked with me immediately. I never got around to actually illustrating it, but I did use the elements within it to make a plan for myself, which resulted in a career transition and lifestyle change.
This year I was inspired to actually visualize my goals for the year. It's simple and a really great exercise.
1. Start by taking inventory of where you are now. This includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's a realistic snapshot of your current situation and environment.
2. Then determine where you want to go; your major goals for the year. My list included business, personal, and financial goals. Again, make this a realistic snapshot of attainable goals. It's much more satisfying to take baby steps towards the finish line, than to attempt leaps and not make it at all. Also, don't bombard yourself with too many goals. You want to keep it simple, prioritized and focused.
3. Brainstorm. How are you going to get from where you are now to where you want to be? This is where you can be ambitious, silly, opportunistic, creative. List anything that comes to mind when it comes to getting to your destination. Don't worry about whether it's dumb or silly or unrealistic. You are just fueling yourself with ideas.
4. Identify the strengths in your life. I included a new partnership, some opportunities, resources, and support streams. I kept my goals in mind when listing my strengths. I also kept in mind individuals that will keep me motivated if and when I am confronted with lows throughout the year.
5. What are the first three things you will do to start implementing your plan? Oftentimes, the hardest part is actually starting a plan; figuring out where to begin. Start with the first three steps, then the rest will evolve.
This was a great way to start the new year and I look forward to working towards my goals.
Happy New Year!!!
Posted by Carmen Cardoza at 8:53 AM
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