It’s that perfect time of the year where you put all of last year behind you (well, some of it anyway), and look ahead to the next 12 months wondering what prizes to set your eye on. The process of setting and achieving goals can be an elusive affair and one that not many people master. Here’s a guide to start rethinking how you set your 2020 goals so you best set yourself up for success.
Rudders & Oars
This is by no means a new analogy by which to think about goal setting, but it’s an effective one! Think of goal setting as a row boat complete with a rudder and some oars. Your goals are the rudder of the boat – they set the direction you move in. If you have one clear goal you will be moving in one clear direction – if you have multiple goals that you ocellate between, you may find yourself heading in all sorts of directions and not getting very far.
There is also another part of the boat equally involved in getting you to where you want to go – the oars.
If your goal is the rudder, then your oars are the processes and strategies you use for achieving it. The oars determine your progress and the pace at which you move.
With this in mind it is easy to see that every single one of your goals is made up of the overall direction and processes used to get there.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight, then your processes are exercise and diet.
If your goal is to get a promotion, your processes will involve things like quality of work and networking.
So with that in mind, what’s the best way to go about grabbing hold of your goals?