Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself and others to turn a vision of this future into reality. Goal setting is also an important part of effective performance reviews.
5 practical tips that make it easier to set and reach your goals
Specific, realistic goals work best. When it comes to making a change, people who succeed are those who set realistic, specific goals.
Tips: During you regular performance meetings with your team members, ensure that the goals you all work with are realistic and specific.
It takes time for a change to become an established habit. It will probably take a couple of months before any changes become part of your team members’ routines.
Tips: When establishing a new goal for an employee, help them create a reminder system until the new behavior becomes a habit.
A goal that is not written down with a timeline is only a dream. Be sure to write your goals down each day to remind yourself of what you want and are working for. Every time you remind yourself of your goal, you’re training your brain to make it happen.
Tips: You and your team should write your goals down. You can even post professional goals for everyone to see what the team is working on as individuals.
Pleasing other people doesn’t work. The key to making any change is to find the desire within yourself – the same is true for your employees. You must help them find the desire from within rather than just assigning tasks.
Tips: As you and you team members are talking through their goals, provide enough context so that they can see the importance and feel the desire.
Roadblocks don’t mean failure. Slip-ups are actually part of the learning process as you retrain your brain into a new way of thinking. It may take a few tries to reach a goal, but that’s okay. It’s normal to mess up or give up a few times when trying to make a change.
Tips: When an employee hits a roadblock, be sure to tell them that it’s okay and help them get back on track in accomplishing their goals.
How are you working towards your goals? Do you have any other great tips to share? Let us know, we’d love to hear about it!