Having goals and targets
Throughout my life, I have always loved having a goal. For me, it gives a focus, and if I put a timeline on the goal, then I have a deadline too. I like to have a deadline; for me, it is a dream with a deadline.
This is a fantastic time of year for setting goals and targets for the new year ahead. Of course, you don't need a new year, you can set a target at any time, but there is something about the turning of a year that prepares us for a new beginning, a fresh start.
Of course, I also know many people struggle with goals, they set some new year resolutions and before long, sometimes the next day, they have already broken their goal. This can be a negative habit to create and if not monitored, can be 'our script', in other words, we make that habit a regular event.
For me setting a goal creates action, and it motivates me to complete that action, for me, it is like a laser beam that will never, ever be changed. We take massive action, and then we get massive results. The best thing, of course, is when you complete your goal, wow it feels absolutely brilliant, and of course, it is like a drug you want to do it again and again.
Claire and I created our Goal Setting journal so other people could feel that excitement of completing their goals, it includes one hundred days of reflection to help you achieve your goals, they can be as large or small as you want, it is up to you. The benefit of this journal is it uses coaching questions to guide you.
Of course, you can use a blank notebook, but having a journal with guided questions helps you focus on your goals specifically.
We will be using the same journal for our goals this year, we have some definite personal and business goals, and we will be completing our first day on January 1st. Even if you have struggled with goals before you can change and you can take action, you just need to decide to do so.
Ralph Moody is the founder of Target Training and specialises in trainer and management development. You can read more about him here.