I find it tough going to the gym at the beginning of the year. Many have made New Years resolutions at the beginning of the year to either get in shape, lose weight or just gain some energy. After a few weeks things will be back to normal and working out will be simple. In fact a study from the UK found about two-thirds of people abandon their New Years resolutions within a month. Many of us have set goals throughout the year and did not achieve them. I wanted to lose 10 pounds this year and it didn’t happen. What would happen if you failed to meet goals at work? I think many of us would agree that while goal setting at work can be flawed, many would be looking for a new job if they didn’t meet goals and objectives. Are there strategies that we can use for both personal goals and work goals to help use have better outcomes.
How To Set Goals That Actually Work
This Forbes article provides a six-step framework that is easily adaptable to personal goals:
- Identify the three core areas you are responsible for.
- Imagine what success looks like in these three core areas a year from now.
- Assess you current reality (a shout out to the GROW coaching model)
- Determine the key actions needed to achieve results.
- Assign an appropriate timeframe
- Write three to five goals that will guide your performance throughout the year using the formula CONTEXT + ACTION + TIMEFRAME = RESULTS
Why habits are the “compound interest” of self-improvement
I read Atomic Habits by James Clear, over the break. My big take-away was your ability to reach goals are only as good as your processes. Those processes lead to habits and those habits lead to outcomes. This video will review ten things that this book will teach you. Some simple but powerful concepts.
How to Set Goals (Then Achieve Them) Using CliftonStrengths
Using you natural strengths and pointing them in a purposeful way will ensure that you are able to reach your goals. Setting goals does not just happen at the start of the new yea, and achieving goals doesn’t just happen because you set them. The best goals combine desired outcome with realistic expectations –
What Is a Strengths-Based Goal?
A strengths-based goal is focused on positive outcomes — and is created to cater to your natural talents while still challenging you to use those talents in new ways. You should set goals with your top five CliftonStrengths in mind.
Coaching employees to reach optimal performance
Whether it is personal or at work. There is value in having a coach who can keep you accountable. Having someone available to provide feedback, tips and suggestions can be valuable in reaching any type of goal that you have set. It does not always have to be one on one coaching. You can leverage master mind groups, mentors and friends who inquire and will keep you honest about your goals. This article from Deloitte focuses primarily on Managers to help optimize performance on their teams. Some elements discussed include:
- Putting people over process
- Establishing trust
- Continual coaching
- Common coaching hurdles
- Building coaching muscles
For individual performers, it is important to seek coaching, feedback and mentorship. To help reach goals.
5 Types Of Goal Setting Techniques
These are some different techniques that go beyond the typical SMART Goals. Go to the site for additional details.