Setting Goals for Success
Your understanding of what a Goal is is likely wrong…
I have made the realization that not everyone understands what a goal actually is. It wasn’t until I was talking to my business partner about Goals and objectives that I realized they truly thought the Goal is a measurable product. But this is not true, your objectives are measurable not your goal. Your goal is just a title for the end product, essentially the title of whatever work you want to have done. You then take that title and come up with measurable objectives to be able to get to the goal or to find success in whatever your goal is.
So… What is a Goal? Think of it as a Topic or a Title, not the work behind it. The work that correlates to your goal to give you a measure of success is your objectives.
One way to come up with a solid plan for your Goal is to backward plan. Not everyone understands how to backward plan, but for me, it is the easiest way to come up with a plan. You start from the end and work your way back to the beginning of whatever tasks need to be done.
Let’s say your goal is to build a house… I am going to make this really easy because I clearly don’t know how to specifically build a house… So I will break it down into 5 steps. What are the 5 steps you need to take to build a house?
5 – you have the completed house
4 – you have to have the roof
3 – you have the walls
2 – you build the frame
1 – you have the concrete slab you will build the house on.
Yes, this is a very simple process to build the house but this was more so to display backward planning your goal. Your goal again was to build the house, with backward planning you now have your 5 objectives. You now have measurable steps in building the house. Step 1 was to complete the concrete slab, yes there are a bunch of steps within that step to have a completed house. But, once you complete the concrete slab you now have a measurable step to dictate how much work you have completed. You completed the concrete slab, you have completed 20% of your complete job. You can do this with anything you want to do in life. You can use this to plan out how to complete a task, a project, college, or a new position you want. What do you need to do to get to fruition? What do you need to do to get to the end of the job and define the goal? Remember a goal is just the term you will use to define processes that you want to complete and you still need to come up with your objectives to get there.
It is important for any business to set achievable goals that lead to success. It is also a great way to measure your success. It is a way for leaders to know the progress or successes of goals within a company. It is also to ensure that the success of the plan is headed in the right direction.
Goal setting helps people stay on track with the requirements of the business. Sometimes individuals have a hard time staying on track to gain productivity… identifying the goals that will allow a company to be successful, can also identify the achievable requirements for managers and employees to visualize success.
Now that I have gone through what business goals are… hopefully you can now sit down and create your own goal list… remembering goals are different than objectives. Create the titles of what you want to accomplish… then create the objectives…the tasks that will get you to fruition.
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