If you are looking for a great Smart goal templates then I would look at the 100 Day Challenge which offers a comprehensive program to help set and achieve goals. I have also included a copy of a handout that we use to help remind us of the simplicity of setting goals. Now that we are in the third quarter now is the time to stop doing what has not worked and continue to invest in those areas that have shown results. I like the “See it”, “Believe It, and ‘Say It” framework. If you practice this everyday and make sure that you have a printed list of your goals on you at all times you will have a higher success rate.
Consider the implication of this idea…
What would happen if I were to follow you with
a camera crew 24 hours a day 7 days a week for
the next 100 days while you went for your goals?
I bet 3 things would happen….
1) You would START doing the things you say
you need to do.
2) You would STOP doing the things you know
you shouldn’t be doing.
3) You would MAKE monumental performance
gains and change your life.
How this possible?
Through the power of accountability!
Accountability will serve your character, as well
as your credibility, and more importantly, it will
get you to accomplish all your goals (weather that
is being debt free, or even a multimillionaire).
What stops most people from accomplishing their
goals is one thing: their lack of accountability.
And how can someone that wants accountability get it,
without paying thousands and thousands of dollars
for a coach?
If you need a quick link to the 100 Day Challenge here it is: 100 Day Challenge
Here is the bigger view on a handout we use and have printed out for our goal setting sessions.
In my search for the latest resources on Professional Leadership goals examples I came across this great article on strategic planning and alignment in the goal setting process.
1. Use strategic planning tools for goal setting:
Try using some of the classic strategic planning questions for coaching, goal setting, and performance planning at the individual and team levels. It’s fun, productive, and educational. Here are some examples (these can be easily modified for teams and projects):
- Gap analysis: Where are you now [current state], where do want to go [desired state], and how are going to get there [plan]?
- SWOT’s: What are your biggest strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats with respect to your job? Just like in strategic planning, this will open questions about how much is possible, what resources will be needed, who is going to do what by when, etc.
- Stretch: Could you complete your job goals faster, with fewer resources, with greater output, impact, or results?
- Relevance: Review the organization’s vision, strategy, and most important targets for the year, and then the team’s most important targets for the year. Then ask: What could you do that would have the biggest possible impact on team and organizational success?
- Stakeholder approach to the balanced scorecard: You can help your employees create a balanced scorecard based on the various stakeholders they serve and the results they are expected to generate for each. Now that’s a great way to manage effort and achievement.
- MVS&V: Create a mission statement, vision statement, strategy, and set of core values for you and your job. Ensure they are aligned to corporate vision, strategy, and values.
These questions are not so new, but if we frame goal setting and prioritizing as a strategic activity, we will reap multiple benefits (productivity, engagement, development…).
The possibilities here are endless—a branding approach, entrepreneurial approach, etc. In the book Strategy Safari (Free Press 1998), Mintzberg outlines 10 major approaches to strategy formulation. I would bet that all 10 could be applied in some powerful way to goal setting and prioritizing at the individual and team levels. Again: fun, productive, and a great education.
2. Engage employees in the planning process:
Create opportunities to engage your employees in strategic thinking and strategic planning—even if they are not invited to your offsite.
- Train and coach leaders on how to develop and leverage strategic thinking on their teams…More at Goal setting is strategic planning – Advanture Consulting
There are numerous professional leadership goals and leadership professional development goals examples that we are going to explore in the next few weeks. We welcome your feedback and thoughts on how we can make this disucssion better.
I downloaded an ipad app called Unstuck about 6 months ago and I can say that it has been a great tool to help me , well, get unstuck. The tool is simple and you simply put in some preformed suggestions about your current situation and then you get a template on how to overcome that obstacle. It is a great tool when you are setting a personal goal, or simply get stuck with your professional goal setting process. I have referenced their article on Procrastination and here is an excerpt.
Procrastination is an easy way that all of us get stuck. And yet, we may not even realize we’re doing it. When we unknowingly act like an Avoider, we create reasons in our heads that supply us with enough logic that we can delay the task at hand—sometimes indefinitely. Recognizing these avoidance tactics is half the battle in stopping them. Here are four frequent ways that you may unwittingly delay the evitable.
Waiting for perfect. Telling yourself you need the right amount of time, physical space, equipment, you name it—and then waiting for the magic ingredients to appear.
No strain, no gain. You work best under pressure, right? Not really, but it may be the only way you’re used to getting things done.
Productive procrastination. Taking care of all those other things you’ve put off in favor of what you need to get done.
The following is from a post at Unstuck that simply list 9 ways to help you avoid procrastination:
1 Remind yourself that there’s always more to be done than can be done. Then ask yourself if you’re getting the right things done.
2 Make a smart to-do list by including only the items that you’re avoiding, not the ones you know you’ll do anyway. Then set deadlines.
3 Break the task down to lessen the sense of being overwhelmed. Once you start to enjoy a small accomplishment or two, you’re more likely to finish.
4 Eliminate temptation to do something else (if your Siren song is the computer, see “Tuning out digital distractions” below).
5 Bargain with yourself. If you finish the business plan now, you can go to the movies later.
6 Focus on the success you will achieve and the joy you will feel.
7 Come up with a consequence that will deter you from avoiding the task. If you don’t exercise two times a week, you have to give up talking on the phone with your friends.
8 Ask someone to help you complete the task.
9 Make your intentions public. This will add pressure, but for some of us, avoiding embarrassment is the mightiest motivator.
I know you want to achieve success in life. Who doesn’t?
The thing is, I also know that most people lack the focus, discipline and motivation
to stay committed to their goals.
For this to happen, you need to know how to stay focused and motivated in
achieving your goals. I wish I could tell you how in this email, but unfortunately
there’s a full process that you need to go through for this to happen.
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I was reading a great article by Taiwo at Manifestandprofits.com where he outline several ways why people set and achieve goals. I like the points he makes here because it estimated that 80% of the people who set goals never follow through and a majority of people never bother to set or write their personal or business goals down.
Reasons Why People Don’t Set Goals
Setting goals could be a challenge if one is not motivated to do so, one who find life boring, hostile and too competitive. People who don’t have dreams, ambitions or rather who are yet to discover purpose in life find it difficult to set goals. Some are too comfortable with the status quo, the truth is, and your life can improve because you deserve a better life. Also some people are discouraged because of limited resources or one deficiency in their life or physical body. All of these should be the reasons for setting goals in other not to live a life of mediocre, self pity and unfulfilled.
They do not know how important it is – If you know better, you would act better. People who are ignorant would take responsibility for their lives when they realize how critical it is.
They do not know the “How To” – This is the essence of this article. Ignorance is not an excuse not to suffer for it. Either by law of nature or constituted laws, an ignorant person will reap the fruit of his laziness of not seeking for information.
The fear of not reaching them – Once bitten, twice shy. A lot of self persecuting thoughts can arise if some set goals and it didn’t work out. This can be called a victim mentality.
The, “Nobody Knows Tomorrow Mindset” – Some people take life as it comes and see no reason to set goals. They live life by chances, not preparing themselves for opportunities and take time for granted. They spend 80% of their time on things that would not be needed for the rest of their lifetime on earth.
Due to laziness, some people find it difficult to set goals. Read more at manifestandprofits.com …..
As we all start out 2014 one of the main things that we hear is that setting goals is easy, the execution is something we need help. I got this article sent to me and thought it presented some helpful insight into how to understand the mental impact of setting and keeping goals.
A great post by By David DiSalvo
Post Title: 10 Recent Neuroscience Findings About Goals
1. Giving up a goal takes a psychological and physical toll.
First a word of caution – goal achievement is risky business. If setbacks start accumulating, and you begin doubting whether you can reach your goal, you’re on your way to what psychologists call an “action crisis.” This is the crucial point at which you experience an internal conflict about whether you should keep going or give up. Research has shown that experiencing an action crisis increases production of the stress hormone cortisol, which is your brain’s way of sounding a body-wide alarm in response to the internal conflict. The problem is, the extra cortisol doesn’t help your performance, and may contribute to giving up sooner. It also increases blood pressure, which takes a toll on your blood vessels.
2. Being more specific can help you reach your goal.We like flexibility in our lives, but some recent research (PDF) from consumer psychology suggests that being more specific and less flexible may be more effective in goal achievement. The premise is simple but not easily accepted: specific steps, accomplished in strict order, seem harder to do at first, but ultimately lead to greater goal achievement than an ambiguous plan. The problem is that more ambiguous, flexible plans seem much more appealing upfront.
3. Our brains may have an internal guidance system for reaching goals.
Research from neuroscience suggests that our brains use the neurotransmitter dopamine as an internal guidance system to reach goals. An animal study showed that the dopamine signal in the brain gets stronger as the goal gets closer. It’s sort of a “Marco Polo” effect that influences choices made to direct action toward a goal, and adjusts expectations about how close or far away the goal really is.
4. Your inner voice is a potent goal-achievement tool.
Reacting impulsively can thwart goal achievement, and research shows that your inner voice is an effective way to control impulses. A study suggests that simple things like telling yourself “Keep going, you can do it” while you’re exercising really does help keep you moving, and sidetracks the impulse to give up because the activity is getting harder.
5. Fist power could keep you from choking.
A study earlier this year showed that clenching your left (but not right) fist can prevent you from choking under high pressure situations, as you might experience on your way to achieving a physical performance goal. The effect was studied across three experiments with athletes as test subjects, and the results were consistently significant. The researchers believe that left fist clenching primes the right hemisphere of the brain, aiding automatic skill performance (the opposite of conscious deliberation, which is thought to be controlled in the left hemisphere and actually contributes to choking).
6. Sharing your goals with friends improves your chances of reaching them.
More research from this year indicates that writing down your goals, sharing them with friends, and sending your friends regular updates about your progress can boost your chances of succeeding. The study showed that people who merely thought about their goals and how to reach them succeeded less than 50% of the time, while people who wrote goals down, and enlisted friends to help them by sending regular progress reports succeeded closer to 75% of the time.
7. Overmotivation can undermine goal achievement.
Motivation is essential to goal achievement, but over motivation can lead to exactly the opposite. When your brain is in a hyper state of arousal about wanting something, the neurotransmitter dopamine floods your brain’s reward circuits. Research shows that when this happens, your chances of failing increase no matter how hard you try. Mental focus and precision are deluged by the flood. The trick seems to be to find the happy motivation balance that keeps you moving forward without tripping on your brain’s in-built foibles.
8. And so can fantasizing.
Even though it’s tempting, research suggests that fantasizing too much about your dream job or any other major goal can undermine success. It’s all about expectations. Realistic thinking fosters more realistic expectations; fantasizing blows expectations out of proportion, obscuring vision of what must actually be done to reach a goal.
9. And so can overthinking.
Although an incredibly powerful organ, the brain can get in its own way (in many ways) – and, ironically, thinking too much is one of them. A study indicated that there’s an interesting connection between memory and performance. Once the right skills for a given task are internalized (like the many parts of a perfect golf swing), thinking about them when trying to perform doesn’t help, it hurts.
10. Finally, try to stay optimistic.
While easier said than done, keeping an optimistic mindset appears to enable people to deal with stress more effectively—a key to goal achievement. Looking on the bright side actually is good for you, and an effective way to help reach your goals.
These 8 ways to make your 2014 goals is a great simple reminder on how to set and accomplish your 2014 goals.
I was sent this email around goal setting and thought I would share it with our readers. I hope your find the value in these suggestions like I have in helping with your 2014 Goal Setting plans. If you want a accountability partner that will help you start fast in the first 100 days of 2014 the check out the 100 Day Challenge and join me in great jumpstart to 2014.
Quick 2014 update: We are also going to be participating in the Life Academy program which is a 5 week course to help set and focus on achievieng your goals. We will be doing a contest starting next week giving away one free membership thanks to our friend Brendan, founder of Life Academy.
Be sure to check back next week for your chance to win a free lifetime access!!
Use these eight strategies to guarantee success for 2014.
1. Don’t be a last-minute planner.
If these goals are important to you, don’t wait till the afternoon of New Year’s Eve to make plans for 2014. Planning takes time, especially when it involves changing behavior.
Take a couple days and give some thought to your goals since they will impact you in ways that will make you a better person.
2. Be realistic.
A guaranteed way to fail is to make your goal unattainable.
Instead of saying, “I’ll never eat fried foods,” instead say “I’m going to cut back my intake of fried foods.” Focus on creating a goal that is concrete and realistic.
3. Start small and simple.
Trying to tackle numerous resolutions at once is one of the most common reasons people fail with their new goals.
Going on a crazy fad diet that turns your life upside down isn’t the best way to establish long-term behavior. Choose one area of your diet to work on and master that before moving on. It might seem slow, but something is better than nothing.
Focusing on mastering tiny habits will ultimately help you reach your main goal.
4. Let the world know your goal.
There’s something magical about making your goals public. Making goals public makes it harder to abandon them and raises the stakes.
Since everyone knows your goals now, you also have some social support, which increases your chances of success.
5. Keep up with your progress.
Keep track of your small victories. It’s good to have long-term goals, but they often take months to achieve, which can leave you bummed out if you haven’t seen any progress in the short term.
Instead of worrying about losing 40 pounds, focus on losing the first 5 pounds and then the next 5.
Set many micro goals to keep you motivated and headed down the right path while having your macro goal at the finish line.
6. Don’t expect instant results.
All those unhealthy habits you have didn’t develop overnight, so why expect them to suddenly disappear? There are no quick fixes in this world.
Confucius said, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Change takes time. It might take longer than expected to reach your goal, but at least you’re moving in a positive direction.
7. Don’t let small setbacks affect you.
Setbacks are at the top of the list when it comes to reasons people quit.
How you handle setbacks can be the difference between moving forward, accomplishing goals and getting everything you want out of life — or living a mediocre life.
The path toward your goal wasn’t meant to be a straight line. View setbacks as learning opportunities that can only make you better as an individual.
8. Reward yourself.
If you don’t love yourself, then who will?
If you’ve reached one of your mini goals, go reward yourself for being awesome. Losing 10 pounds is hard work; use this opportunity to go treat yourself to some new fitness clothing or a decadent treat… read more at By Julian Hayes II
SMART Goals examples for Managers
In my quest for leadership development I have been seeking resources and ideas on the best SMART Goals Examples for Managers. I have found that setting smaller goals in smaller increments help you to achieve your larger goal. The problem I see with most goal setting is that people create very high stretch goals and when they start to lose ground they become demotivated and lose the motivations that started the goal setting process. It is estimated that 90% of people never complete the goals that they set out to achieve. I came across a simple and effective layout of SMART goals examples and wanted to share from the source below.
How many times have you not achieved something because you got distracted by something else? When I was a kid I tried learning the recorder, but after a couple of weeks I took to the guitar. As an adult, many people don’t achieve what they set out for simply because there are distractions on the journey. Sometimes the journey is just too darn difficult and other times people don’t know when they should reach the goal or objective. The fact is achieving anything requires focus! And, focus is what SMART objectives are for.
Take for example the case of a usability manager who would like to see an improvement in the time taken and number of steps it takes to place an order on an ecommerce site. The manager might phrase the objective:
Understand the purchase process
Looking carefully at the above objective and you’ll notice some problems in the phrasing of the objective. The problems that come to mind are:
- S: How will the manager know what to do? The verb understand is not really specific!
- M: How will the manager measure the progress towards achieving this objective? The objective does not have any measurable item.
- A: Is it an achievable objective? If it isn’t, then de-motivation creeps in.
- R: Is it a realistic objective? For example, if the manager does not have the skills or resources, the objective may not be achievable. In the example above, as there is no timeline associated, the objective is vague. Also, the manager may not have the supported resources.
- T: By when should the objective be met? Time-line is critical. Humans work towards goals based on some pressure applied by the time of completion. Hence, objectives should be time-bound.
The objective mentioned above can be rephrased to…More at Samples of SMART Objectives for Managers and Their Teams
Stick to SMART protocol when setting goals: S – specific M – measurable A – achievable R – realistic T – time Start today and see tomorrow!
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— sharda_dulal (Sharda Dulal) (@sharda_dulal) Tue Oct 2 2012
Leadership Goals in 2013
My team like many across the country are having their annual reviews and putting in place business plans for 2013. In discussion about Leadership goals in 2013 the one common theme that keeps coming back is what are we aiming for? In the past our team created a vision that we were all aligned with and this was our map for 2012. It is interesting that as we move from year to year that we feel the need to create something new and different. This can be the case if we need to adjust for poor performance or market conditions. In goal and performance planning leaders need to set the clear vision on where the team or company is heading and the “why” behind what you are doing.
Developing leadership goals in 2013 can be a wholesale change from what you had in 2012 provided there is a dramatic shift in your business or customers. In most cases a vision should live longer than a year and if you are constantly shifting the vision people will not get behind the plan of the year. As I was doing my planning for 2013 I came across this great article in Forbes where they talk about Change vision vs Corporate vision. Here is a an excerpt:
A great change vision is something that is easy for people to understand. It can be written usually in a half page, communicated in 60 seconds, is both intellectually solid but has emotional appeal, and it’s something that can be understood by the broad range of people that are ultimately going to have to change—and that could be a secretary or an executive, it could be somebody from Germany or from the United States. Which makes it easy to communicate and to communicate it in a way that people will “get it,” if you will, and will, if you do it right, buy into it.
That is not necessarily the same thing as kind of a generic corporate vision. A generic corporate vision is where you think you need to look like out there on some fundamental dimensions to make you prosper. It’s not about one specific large-scale change, it’s about the future. And often, not always, that picture is about timeless values or principles, timeless behavior that makes organizations succeed. Increasingly, for example, one dimension of that timeless behavior is the embracing of change itself. Read more at Forbes….
Before you ask your teams to start putting their business plans for 2013 and their individual leadership goals look create that “Change Vision” so that people can see and visualize what the results will look like when they have realized their goals and those of the company.
Recommended Leadership Book: ( I have this book and use it constantly with my team)
- professional leadership goals examples(2013goals.com)
- My 2013 Prediction, Senior Leadership Must Change Its Tune(psfk.com)