Ask most people what they use to set their goals, and often times their responses are vague with no real intention. Yet, we all know that failing to plan and set S.M.A.R.T. goals sets us up for minimal success and achievements. What is the number one reason why people don’t set goals? Fear of failure. 

However, failure occurs when you don’t set goals personally and professionally. As a former FranklinCovey Certified Trainer for the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity, I highly recommend this book as an excellent option for gaining insight for effective goal setting.

Methods for effective goal setting starts with taking the time to consider the important roles in your life, where you are today in each role and where you would like to be in the next year and beyond. In my coaching and mentor sessions this is a top priority with clients. In order to help them achieve what they sincerely want in their lives, we break down the yearly objectives into monthly and weekly action steps.

Next, we discuss how accomplishing these activities to ultimately gain success would make them feel. Emotions are what drive the “want to” in putting in the time. Often times results occur when individuals stretch outside of their comfort zones to learn new skills and improve their emotional intelligence. 

Let’s break this down into simple steps you can take today to set effective goals, acting with purpose and living a more fulfilling life:
  1. List all the roles you have: career, parent, spouse, community involvement, student, etc. (keep this to no more than six).
  2. Ask yourself on a scale of 1 being not so good, and 10 being outstanding, how you would score yourself based on how effective you believe you are being in that role.
  3. How would you describe your “10” in each role?
  4. What steps would you need to take to make that happen over the next year?
  5. Review your schedule and insert planned activities into your calendar each week (taking advantage of the recurring activities each day). I recommend color coding them so you can see how your are achieving balance.
  6. Find an accountability partner – who you connect with weekly to review your progress.
  7. Celebrate your successes and once you have achieved a goal, be prepared to continually update and set new goals.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins