BarroMetrics Views: A Process for Achieving Goals 2 (Success Series)
With core values on hand, we turn to the next step – the step many fail to implement and then wonder why they are unable to attain their goals. To achieve we have to overcome our hard-wiring:
- Our natural tendency to stay within our comfort zone; and
- Our tendency to lean towards immediate gratification.
To attain worthwhile goals, we need to overcome both of these.
One weapon in our armoury is to have a long-term Vision – a clear idea of what attaining our dream would mean to us:
- What sort of person would we be?
- What would we have that we don’t have now?
- How would attainment beneficially impact our relationships? Etc…..
We’d envision this future endowing our picture with intense emotion.Once we have created a Vision, we check to ensure that our core values are reflected. If they are not, we need to change the Vision or reframe it in a way that does reflect our values.
Vision represents a temporary end point; our current reality represents the starting point. Once we have a Vision, we need an assessment of our ‘now’ to determine what needs to be done if we are to attain our Vision. We then create an action plan, execute it, review the results and make continual adjustments until we reach our goal.
What steps you need to take are dependent on our current reality. For example, let’s say my goal is to run a mega-successful law firm in Singapore (Vision). My current reality is I don’t have a law degree. So, an action plan could be:
- Graduate with good marks to get me into a prestiguous firm.
- Get hired by a prestiguous firm
- Get the experience I need to run my own prestigeous firm.
- Expand my network
- Take part in activities that will build my brand.
Each of the items would have their own goals and plans. So, is there a way to set goals so as to increase the probability of attainment?
Yes ….next week