Even as a child – I grew up being motivated by my mother on the value of GOAL SETTING…. Goal Setting took on a whole new meaning for me when I wanted to move out of my parents house and get my own apartment in a nice neighborhood not far from Port of Spain. I knew that my salary alone was not going to be enough to pay the rent and utilities, car payments and my work clothes. I did not have the structure of goal setting but the basics of goal setting which my mother had drummed into our heads came up to the surface. What was the plan going to be??
To just say we want something isn’t enough. A structure can be used for creating what we want in our life. Goals have the power to keep us focused on a purpose. They support us through difficult times when it may be tempting to give up and helps us to stay focused so we can achieve them. What does the coach offer to a client when it comes to goal setting?? ACCOUNTABILITY… A coach will support the client in creating value-based goals; the structure to reach them and offer the support they need along the way.
Firstly, we have to determine what our values are. Orienting the goals around the values will make the goals compelling and will pull you forward.
Types of goals and the structure:
- Goals must be specific.. Saying you want to earn more money isn’t enough. You must indicate how much more money do you want to earn? In the Success Principles by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer, Jack gives a story about the comedian, Jim Carrey. I think that this is an amazing story.. Jim Carrey wrote himself a check for $10million dollars and dated it Thanksgiving 1995 and added the notation “for acting services rendered”. He carried the cheque in his wallet from that day forth. The rest is history.. Setting goals should not be difficult… it should be Keep It Simple Silly… (KISS).
- Goals must be measurable. If it is not, then how will you know you can obtain it? By stating how much money you want to make will allow you to measure your goal.
- ACTION: We must be willing to be able and ready to take action. You have to be consistent and persistent in going after your goal.
- Goals should be stretched but still reachable… This will keep you motivated so that when you do accomplish the goal, the sense of accomplishment will be so great – you will literally feel like the world is your oyster and that you can achieve anything that you set your mind too.
- Set a deadline to accomplish your goal. Don’t worry is you don’t meet the deadline, revise it… Even the best project never finish on time – so don’t feel too badly about it.
- You must have a deep desire to achieve the goal. There is a saying: “You must eat, sleep and breath it.” Without desire, you will full short of the goals.
- Write the goals down and go over them last thing at night and first thing in the morning.
The long and short of my story above is that my Dad helped me find the right apartment and I worked a second job to earn the money every month to pay for my apartment. I also took some courses to improve my skills so that I got a much needed promotion. The promotion provided me with the additional income so I could stop working the second job – which was stressing me out. It is interesting to note how a stressful second job can be a great motivator for one to pursue one’s education and get the qualifications required to earn more money either in the same job or in a new job.