RESTARTING THE ENGINE of our economy will require all of us to establish or recommit to goals. For that reason, now might be a good time to dust off some basic goal setting principles.
Depending on your style there are two approaches to goal setting, Intuitive and Linear. If you are the intuitive goal setter, you might find it useful to set an intention and then notice what opportunities or serendipitous events show up. For example: your intention is to find a well-paying job that you love and are good at. Over the next several days you might meet a person who describes a company that is hiring graphic designers which just happens to fit into your career goals.
A more linear approach would create opportunities through a series of disciplined actions. People attracted to this approach would follow a S.M.A.R.T goal method:
Specific. State what you will do and use action words. “I will send out 10 resumes per day”.
Measurable. Use metrics or data targets. “By the end of the month I will have gone to 4 interviews.”
Achievable. Possible to accomplish; attainable. “Based on my other commitments, it is possible for me to get 4 interviews this month.”
Relevant. The achievement of this goal would add value to the business or your life. “Having a well-paying job that I enjoy would support the well-being of me and my family.”
Time-bound. State when you will get the goal completed. “By September 1, 2020, I will have started a new well-paying job that I love.”
Whether you use an Intuitive approach – by setting your intention and watching what shows up – or a Linear approach – by following SMART goals steps – it’s important we all get moving towards creating our future. For one thing we know for sure, as the popular saying goes: “If we keep doing what we’ve always done, we will keep getting what we’ve always gotten.”