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3 Steps to Realistic Goal Setting

We all know that teamwork is very important. Remembering that engaging your team will result in higher productivity and better employee buy in. We’ve talked about ways to ensure trust and build lasting relationships, but what are some other ways to fully engage your team to their fullest potential? That’s right! Goals! We’ve very aware of how vital setting both long term and short term goals are in setting ourselves up for success. It’s time we help our employees learn the right way to go about that as well. Setting the goals are great, but it takes more than just saying you want to do something. You have to actually go out and make it happen! Andre Lavoie with Entrepreuneur.com wrote an insightful article on the various tactics that can be used “to identify a goal, develop an action plan, and achieve an objective.” Let’s go through them, shall we?
  1. “Be ‘SMART’ about it.” A common technique for setting goals comes by way of an acronym. SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.” You can’t try to do something if you don’t fully understand what it is you want to do. Therein, be specific. It is an important step in defining exactly what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it. When you’re helping your team create their goals, remind them that a goal that will yield measurable results will be realistic and attainable. You might also consider the time frame you wish to set for that goal. It will help you and your employees actually plan out the specifics before that deadline. Time frames create a sense of urgency and will therefore– in the most polite way– light a fire under your ass. It is important to take it one step at a time and remember to celebrate the wins along the way. It will make it fun and foster a positive attitude.
  2. “Do it ‘write.’” The worst thing you could do for yourself is set a goal and then lose all the motivation. Encourage your team to actually write their goals down! It will definitely help set the importance of achieving them. It’s been proven that students or employees who physically write out their intentions and goals yield better results and show real improvement. When you and your team are writing out your action plan/goals, remember to use positive phrasing. Avoid phrasing like “I don’t want to___.” That is incredibly counterproductive. Positive word choices will help you interact better with the planning of your goals. It also helps to add in smaller daily goals that will help achieve the main, overarching goal. It breaks it down and makes it more attainable. All of these things will help you enter a goal-oriented, actionable mindset.
  3. “Visualize success.” It’s human nature to think about the future– whether it be about dinner tomorrow or the elusive ‘where do you want to be in five years, ten years, so on?” A lot of times, however, people tend to focus on the negative side of the future. This is the worst possible thing you can do when setting and planning out goals. You HAVE to be in a positive state of mind in order to actually create what you want. If you’re always thinking about the things that are never going to happen, well… they won’t happen! You have to visualize yourself attaining what you want! Train your employees to picture themselves succeeding and they will be much more motivated to succeed. Remember to keep this practice up– it has to be a continuous thing in order for it to take effect.
So, what do you think? Think you can manage these three tasks? We do! Just remember to plan out your goals and visualize your inevitable success.