Are you achieving your goals?
Are you setting goals for yourself or your organization?
Way back in the 1960’s two psychologists studied the effect of goal setting.
Locke and Latham found that goal setting can increase performance
in 90% of those who set goals. What does this mean for you?
The obvious is that goal setting will probably help you to be more effective
in your efforts, whatever they may be. However, there is a “Catch” (isn’t
there ALWAYS a catch?). The catch is that goal setting has its rules and
specifics in order to be highly effective.
How many people do you know that write down a list of things that they
need, or want, to do each day (you may be one of these people)? This is
actually an abbreviated form of goal setting. Just this simple method of
keeping track of what needs to be done can be highly effective for many individuals,
and is a great way to take care of those short-term goals.
If you have a goal that is going to be more time consuming, and complex (i.e. business planning,
achieving a sales goal, or having a weight loss goal), then constructing a more detailed and
specific goal setting plan is usually necessary for you to succeed.
Setting goals does not have to be a boring and tedious process as many people
might think. Setting a goal is as easy as 1-2-3! It really should not take you
more than 5 minutes to set up a plan for your goal. You can certainly take
longer if you wish, and in some cases you may want to, but initially all that
you need to do is to get a basic plan in place for a specific goal.
Once your plan is in place, simply pay attention to your progress and tweak
your plans as needed.
Doing my best to help you do yours