Goal Setting: The What, The Why, The How

Posted by Carl Gould on November 22, 2010
Business DISCoverY, Career, Personal DISCoverY, business, marketing, small business owner

Goals are elusive because they are often too complicated. Keep it simple and avoid these mistakes.

Mistakes Most People Make When Goal Setting:
1. Too Vague
2. Stated in the Negative
3. Too Reasonable: Uninspiring
4. Lack of Deadline
5. Out of Your Control
6. Not Worded as a Direct Command
7. Activity-Focused and not Achievement-Focused
8. NO Plan “B”
9. Lacks Leverage

Use this sample format for creating an effective goal….

What: Objective you are committed to achieving (& by when)
• Written as a command, stated positive, 90 Day Time frame
Why: Is this important to you?
• List 3-5 Reasons (Big & Small) that will motivate you to keep going when times are tough.
How: Will you make it happen?
• List all actions (with specific deadlines). How will you know you are making progress

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