Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
Can you believe the new year is just around the corner? Now is a great time to evaluate the progress we’ve made on our goals so far and plan ahead for goals in 2020. We know, we know — it might feel like you’re just going through the motions of goal setting every year. That’s why we’re excited to present alternative approaches to Goal Setting, whether it’s for your practice or yourself. Let’s explore our options!
We’ve all set goals before that we ultimately didn’t accomplish — whether it was due to factors within or out of our control, we tend to beat ourselves up and feel guilty about it, or we chalk it up to a lack of willpower or time. Before we talk about planning out our next goals, let’s prime our minds for success!
In her podcast, Goal Digger (25 minutes), Jenna Kutcher says that the true secret to crushing your goals is intention. Intention is more powerful and effective than motivation. Being intentional about your goals means that you are planning when and where you work toward accomplishing goals.
Regardless of which of the below approaches you might consider for goal setting, commit yourself to purposefully devoting (and protecting!) a time and space for you to meet your goals. Otherwise, as Jenna says, “Life is going to find a way to suck away all of our hours and leave us exhausted, lounging in yoga pants that never made it to yoga.”
Many major companies such as Google, Intel, Twitter, and LinkedIn use the “Objectives and Key Results” (OKRs) framework for internal team goal setting. Learn more by exploring re:Work’s comprehensive guide here (a 10-minute read) or, if you’re a video/audio learner, watch this TED Talk (12 minutes) presented by John Doerr.
At its core, the OKRs framework requires two major components:
They are defined as desired outcomes, and NOT action steps. For example, words like “help,” “analyze,” and “participate” describe activities instead of the impact of these activities.
Because goals can encompass a wide range of focus areas and time frames, the modified Warren Buffet framework can also be easily applied to our own goal setting. Consider these three steps:
While both the OKRs and modified Warren Buffet frameworks can be equally effective when applied to your department or individual goals, here are a few more suggestions for identifying and achieving your individual goals!
We hope this month’s email is helpful for evaluating your intention and approach to both setting and accomplishing your goals! What would you like to see in upcoming blogs? Is there a certain skill you'd like some more information on? If so, give us a shout out on Instagram, we'd be happy to share our tips.
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