It’s that time of year, goal setting. While putting together my goals for 2018, I noticed that the goals I had written down for 2015, 2016 and 2017 were frighteningly similar. It appeared I had pretty much the same core goals for the last 3 years. For me that’s concerning. While I had achieved most of the goals, the problem is the goals hadn’t really changed. And the goals that I didn’t do so great at were the same year after year.
Could this be happening to you too? I decided I needed to take a closer look. If my goals are the same year after year, and I’m achieving them for the most part, are they still goals? Am I just kidding myself? Have I become complacent? What is going to make this year any different if I don’t change the goals or the way I approach them?
So, I’ve decided to revamp my goal setting for this year. The fact that I’ve been chasing pretty much the same goals for the last few years is a clear indicator that it’s time for change.
I want to make 2018 different. I’ve got a good feeling about it, like the last couple of years I’ve been coasting and now it’s time to up my game. I’m really challenging myself this year with not only with the goals themselves, but also the way in which I measure them.
In the past, the emphasis of my goals were the results. For example, “add 1000 qualified leads to my list” or “keep QuickBooks up to date.”
In an effort to not craft cookie cutter goals for 2018, I’ve decided to take a completely different approach. Instead of writing goals like “keep QuickBooks up to date,” I’m shifting the emphasis from the results to the doing.
Former way of writing goals
Keep QuickBooks up to date
New way of writing goals
Update QuickBook files on the first Friday of every month – and put it on the calendar
Read a book a month
Every month go to Amazon books and create or add to list of books to read
Spend at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week reading
Add 1000 leads a month to my list
Update written down marketing plan weekly
Every Monday put marketing activities on the calendar
Analyze and revise the first Monday of each month
Keep house de-cluttered
Housecleaner to come in every Friday or File paperwork at the end of each work day
The emphasis is on the activity not so much on the end result. I will calendar my activities so I make sure they get done. I will revisit my goals at least once a month. In prior years I only reviewed my goals once a quarter at the most. If I want this year to be different, I have to be different. It starts with my goals.
What will you do differently this year to make sure 2018 is everything you want it to be?
Weigh in on how you create your goals and how you hold yourself accountable for them.
To the best year ever.