I love goal setting.
In university, I was fortunate enough to have a professor/mentor who helped me discover why I wanted to goal set. Later, working at lululemon, I learnt that goals are a tool to achieving dreams.
You may not consider yourself a goal setter, but do you have things that you want but you’re pretty sure won’t fall into our lap? Well, cat’s out of the bag, you’re a goal setter. Having a want and thinking it won’t happen are the fundamentals of goal setting. If you didn’t want it, well, it’s definitely not a goal. If you want it but think it’ll happen, it’s more of a to do.
For me, Goal Setting is the discovery of what it takes to make the seemingly impossible possible.
The Truth about Goal Setting
Before we jump into why or how to goal set, let’s frame goal setting in the correct light.
Building on contexts like :
- My goals have to be impressive
- If I don’t reach my goals I’m a loser
- I have to have everything planned out
Will ensure that you won’t have fun and will never take any risks. Dreams can seem unattainable and will require a lot hard work to achieve. Here is the truth about Goal Setting:
- It’s going to be messy – You are going to mess up, fall down, fail or whatever you want to call it, be prepared for it. Actually, eat it up, get excited for it, this is you learning. The hardest parts are where you are learning the most.
- It’s not easy – Goals are not a checklist. You should be hitting 50% of your goals or you just wrote a to do list. If you’re not playing in the unknown, you’re not discovering how to get to places you’ve never been before.
- You don’t know, PERIOD. – Curiosity is your best friend, goal setting is about discovering the unwritten formula to achieving your dreams and what mixture of effort, time and strategy work for you.
- Commit to barriers – Obstacles always come up. Practice building your skill for dealing with barriers.
- Love hating your goal/commitment – If your goal is big enough you will have the privilege of waking up one morning hating that you’ve committed to it. This is part of the process, it’s the part that happens right before you discover what it takes to smash adversity. Be excited when this happens, it’s truly a privilege.
Benefits of Goal Setting
I can’t tell you why to set goals, you have to find what motivates you, what pulls you forward. These are some of the benefits for me and others I’ve worked with:
- Focus – Goal setting allows you to focus on the areas of your life that you want to improve.
- Measurable – Goal setting allows you to see what works and what doesn’t work for you.
- Clear decision making – It allows you to see what actions are contributing to your goals and which are not.
- Builds confidence – Goal setting builds the skill of working towards something you don’t think is possible and making it a reality. Goal after goal, you’re widening the spectrum of what you know you can do, this increases your confidence.
How to set goals:
A great way set goals is using S.M.A.R.T. Goals. This means that goals should be:
- Specific – they consider who, what, when, where and why.
- Measurable – goals are tangible, they are quantifiable, how much, how many, they are clear as to when they are complete and when they are not.
- Achievable – they consider the tools and skills needed to complete the goal and it is achievable for you.
- Relevant – they are in alignment with your larger or longer term goals in that area.
- Time-Bound – There is a clear timeline for the goal.
There are a number of great blogs about S.M.A.R.T Goals, if you’d like to read more about that process, I personally like Smartsheets Blog “The Essential Guide to Writing S.M.A.R.T. Goals”
Goal setting is a discovery of learning what it takes to make the seemingly impossible possible. So along the way, you’re going to discover what works for you and what doesn’t. These are the tools that you can use for any goal, See what works for you:
- Write them down – The first step to taking what’s in your head and making it reality is writing it down.
- Visible – Put them somewhere you’ll read them every day, we have thousands of impressions from marketing per day, ensure that your goals are getting the daily attention they deserve.
- Tell people – If other people know what you’re working towards, you’re more likely to push harder to complete your deadlines.
- Find a goal setting buddy or group – Part of the design of these groups should be help you stay on track and discover other tools that work and don’t work for you. Plus they’re definitely going to ask you about your goals and demand accountability for your goals.
- Schedule time – put time in your calendar to work on your goals, to review your goals and to check in with your goal buddies, things are more likely to happen when they’re in your calendar.
- Find a mentor – talk to someone who has already done what you want to do and learn from their mistakes.
At CMPNY, our mission is to provide space for innovators to grow and develop. We have actively built our spaces to encourage members to thrive. We have:
- Goal setting boards – share your goals with the space.
- Inspirational quotes – the design and physical layout of the space will empower you to work harder.
- Weekly goal setting sessions – Connect with other members and share goals.
- Slack Community – there is a channel dedicated to goal setting, you can meet people with the same ambitions.
- Diverse Community – We have members at a range of business development stages from freelancers, solopreneurs to businesses with more than ten employees. You’re bound to meet someone who has done what you want to do
We want you to succeed, so come out and be a part of our community. You can engage with us for as low as $30/mth.