Some people cringe when they think about having to plan goals. After all, we often plan goals and then don’t get any positive or productive results. Don’t think of goal planning in the same vein as having a tooth pulled, it can be a fun process. However, if you want to be successful, you may need to rethink your strategy.
What’s the point then of planning useless goals? Rethink your approach and start to use the one word strategy to ensure that you are successful in achieving your goals. Using a one word strategy doesn’t mean you’re limiting yourself. You’re being proactive and stepping into action. Consider how to use the following action-based words to energize your goal planning process with the one word strategy.
This entire process begins with the word define. Have fun as you take an honest and introspective look at yourself. Ask yourself who you are as a professional. Where do you want to go in your career? This may seem somewhat basic in regard to goal planning. However, if you have no idea who you are, you’re never going to be successful in achieving your goals. Not defining yourself would be like taking a road trip and not mapping out the route, and then you get lost several times along the way. You may end up having some fun detours during your unmapped road trip. However, if you needed to get to your destination quickly and on time, you certainly made an error in judgment by not planning better.
So, you need to define if you are a go-getter or a non-starter. Would you rather take the initial step of defining yourself and your objectives so that you can get to your destination more quickly? If not, then you’re a non-starter and don’t mind wasting valuable time planning useless goals that won’t get you anywhere important in life. The choice is really up to you. No one is stopping your success but you.
The second word is estimate. You know how on a GPS you can change the settings to only be guided through highways and toll roads or through the back roads that don’t have any tolls. Well, if you want to achieve success with your goals using the one word strategy, you also need to estimate your specific parameters. Your parameters are any boundaries, limitations or deadlines that you need to overcome. For example, if you want to get a promotion by the end of the year, but you haven’t even finished a third of the work that you’ve been assigned to complete, you are planning outside your parameters. Not the way to go if you want to succeed.
You need to become the master of estimating your parameters so that you can achieve the specific goals that you plan. If one of your goals is to become a team leader and would require you to work extra hours, check your parameters. Maybe your personal commitments don’t permit you to work extra hours so you should change your goal. This is not rocket science. Estimating your parameters so that you can effectively plan your goals is a simple process that only requires honesty and common sense.
The one word strategy continues with the word employ. Basically, you need to employ problem solving skills that help you think outside the box. Otherwise, you can create more problems for yourself by making goals that are useless because they are not within your ability to complete. So right about now, you’re thinking why would I need to employ problem solving skills before I’ve even started to accomplish the goal. If you’re thinking that, you’re ready to start thinking outside the box. Employing this type of thinking during the goal planning stage enables you to do a proper risk analysis to ascertain whether or not your goal planning is on track. Again, this is not rocket science, and you simply need to apply good common sense balanced with creativity.
For example, if you want to transition to a new career because you think you’re in a dead-end job with no hope of promotion, you need to analyze the risks of changing careers. Will you need to go back to school? Do you have the budget to take more courses? Employ is synonymous with working, and that means your goal planning will take work by doing this risk analysis. We all want everything to still be fun, so don’t think of this process as simply work, but as a necessary avenue toward achieving your goals.
As you’re working your way through this process, you’ve learned more about yourself, where you want to be, what your parameters are and how you intend to analyze the risks involved in your goals. Now it’s time to get busy by creating the best action plan for achieving your goals. After all, that’s the purpose of all this, right? If you are not creating a goal-oriented action plan that will achieve results, you’re only making useless goals and not heading toward success. You should just crumple up your list of goals and burn it in the dumpster! Effective goal planning means that you are creating ideas and goals that will create results.
If you’re trying to secure a promotion, you need to be proactive in creating an action plan. For example, you need to task yourself with completing each action step such as meeting with your supervisor to ascertain how well you’re performing in the workplace and any changes you need to make. You might need to work on being more innovative in how you complete your daily tasks. Maybe your supervisor feels you must become more assertive in working on team projects if you want to secure a promotion.
When creating your action plan and implementing it in your daily workplace routine, it is important to measure your results. If you are not getting results, you obviously are not utilizing the one word goal planning strategy correctly. Again, no results, means you are creating useless goals. Useless goals have no purpose other than frustrating you and demotivating you so you won’t succeed. Be proactive in measuring your goals so that you can find out areas where you’re achieving success and where you are failing. No one wants to fail miserably, right?
For example, you’ll be able to measure whether or not you achieved success if you actually received the promotion. Of course, that’s an easy result to measure. However, if you’ve created a goal to increase your productivity in your daily job tasks, those results may be more difficult to measure. You would need to evaluate whether or not your daily work tasks contributed to the overall productivity of the company.
The final action word in the one word strategy is to revamp your goals. This step only needs to occur in two circumstances. For example, if you measured your results and came up empty-handed, that’s a sure sign of trouble. Time to get your engine in gear and revved up to shift your goal planning into overdrive. You need to revamp your goals so that you know you’ll be able to achieve them. Remember, useless goals don’t benefit anyone.
Another circumstance where you’d need to revamp your goals is when you only achieve partial results. Maybe you wanted to increase your leadership on team projects and still need to work on being more vocal in sharing your ideas and suggestions. You’ll need to create modified goals to help you get complete results. One circumstance where you can pat yourself on the back is when you actually achieve all your goals. Nothing needs to be revamped. Now it’s time to create new goals.
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If you’re serious about achieving goals, you need to make a definite effort. Using the action words in the one word strategy of goal planning can help you to be more successful in achieving your goals. Have you ever used the one word strategy in planning your goals?