Goal setting and goal getting can prove to be challenging…but it does not need to be that way.
I’m considered, by some, to be one of those people who almost always achieved what I set out to do.
It’s not been an easy road, but yes, I’m pretty comfortable with what I have achieved thus far in my life…and it’s not been without a fair load of challenges.
With hindsight, I now know that I was actually was working to a formula for achieving goals. Guess as you get older you do get wiser – maybe?
Why is it that some people seem to be able to set goals and actually achieve them whereas others struggle?
We all know those people who state an intention and actually make it happen. These are the people who have an idea or a dream and manage to turn it into a reality.
They make it look simple and seem so easy.
So what is the secret?
The secret is, it’s not easy!
The secret lies in being an effective goal setter.
You need to know exactly how to construct your goals and understanding how to go about achieving them.
The good news is that goal setting and goal getting is something that you can learn. I have learnt how to do this and use the formula constantly in both my personal and business life.
Why we need clear goals
Having goals helps each of us to work effectively work. By having goals you are able to achieve:
The acronym is PEG.
The dictionary defines a peg (noun) as a pin of wood or other material driven or fitted into something, as to fasten parts together, to fasten parts together, to hang things on, to make fast a rope or string on or to mark some point.
A peg on a clothes line is something that we use to hold up our clothes as they dry.
If we are always choosing weak pegs, they will always be snapping and breaking, leaving our washing to fluttering off merrily into the breeze or dangling askew on the line, only just hanging on.
Conversely, when we are using pegs that are strong and solid, they hold things firmly even if there is a strong breeze.
At worst, in a strong breeze the clothes might get twisted and tangled up, but they do stay on the line.
Visualize your goals as the items hanging on your individual clothes line.
Goals must be firmly pegged
Consider the kind of pegs needed to secure these in place so no matter what comes along, your goals remain firmly on the line, even if they may get a blown about.
They may even get a little tangled and twisted. BUT, they will still be there providing the pegs are strong.
Gusty storms are part of life and I’ve experienced a few.
Here’s what I’ve discovered …..
As long as your goals are there in front of you, firmly on your individual line they can be retrieved and straightened out after a gusty storm has passed.
One of my most challenging goals was achieving my dream of being able to live and work in Europe at a mature age. The story is here on my personal blog.
Are you using GREAT quality pegs? or do you need some help getting those PEGS firm?
It all comes down to having a Strategic Plan.
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Michelle Hanton is a multi-award winning bespoke business strategist, working internationally as a consultant, coach, speaker and writer. She has a keen interest in the not-for-profit sector and is the former CEO of Lifeline Top End, and founder of Dragons Abreast Australia, a national charity dedicated to the promotion of breast cancer awareness.
A version of this post originally appeared on the 28th May 2015 on Simple Team Meeting.