It is the New Year, and many of you made New Year’s resolutions for 2019. You want to get stronger, fitter, lose weight, read more, volunteer, etc. and these resolutions are great, but the problem is these resolutions are not actionable and hence the reason many of peoples New Year’s resolutions fall to the wayside, is because of this lack of a plan to put them into action.
To take your resolution to the next level, to make them focused, and measurable and motivating, you need to turn your resolution into a concrete and measurable goal.
First off, what actually is a goal. Dictionary.com has it defined as, the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end. We make goals all the time. Any actionable task, many seemingly insignificant, are goals. I plan on taking my son to Paw Patrol Live. This task is actually a goal. To make this goal happen, there are a series of steps which I must achieve in order for it to occur, ie, Goal Setting. While it may seem silly to think of my taking Ian to Paw Patrol is goal setting, it is. The same process here is the same process that can be used for any type of goal, and setting into motion a plan of attack.
Goals have to be actionable. John Doerr talks about goal setting using OKR, objectives and key results. Objectives need to be significant, concrete, action oriented, and inspiring. These describe the WHAT. The How is the key to attaining our objectives. These are the key results, and they need to be specific and time-bound, aggressive, yet realistic, and measurable and verifiable. The OKRs are the result of the most important driving force behind it all, The WHY. All of Doerr’s OKRs are built into another goal planning process, which many of you may be familiar with, is the SMART system. Goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Regardless of SMART or OKR, the driving force, or the thing which gives the goal purpose is the why.
One of my resolutions is to read more. Well what is the why behind this goal? Well, knowledge is power, and I read non-fiction mostly, and learn a lot from reading. But what does read more mean? It is not SMART at all. So my resolution needs to be tweaked. My goal is to read 18 books this year, roughly 1.5 books a month. At the end of every two months, I need to have ensured I have read 3 books. By June 30, I have to have 9 books read. This means I need to read a book every 3 weeks approximately (21 days). Given that most books are on average 300 pages, that is 100 pages a week, which is an attainable goal, however, to ensure this, I have to make some changes in my life. The time I have to read is in the evenings. This means I need to make time 5 nights a week to read 20 pages. In order to make this happen it means I will take less work home or having a concrete time to put it away and read, and less fumbling mindlessly wasting time on my phone.
Reading is only one of my 2019 goals. There are others but the same process needs to occur for each one, in order for me to be focused, and motivated. The first session of the Skills Clinic is going to start with a goal setting session where we will utilize this worksheet to help attendees formulate one goal they have for the 7 weeks. Feel free to download, print, fill out for yourself and your goals, so that your goals are SMART, and have a WHY, WHAT and HOW! If you made a New Year’s resolution and need help turning into a goal that you can to attain, or need help with a current goal, and developing a plan of action, so that you can attain that goal, you can make an appointment with one of the coaches for a 30 minute session. Together we can use this worksheet to come up with an actionable strategy for you to not be a statistic or New Year’s resolution makers, and make your goal an actuality!