Some people believe you must set and have a list of goals to succeed. Many of us take the time to create goals and then never seem to make any progress with them. Do you set goals and then find it hard to take any action?
The Best Way to Achieve Your Goals…
is to find a goal setting model that works for you.
Here’s a breakdown of six well known goal setting models and one that’s a little bit different!
Traditional Goal Setting Models
1. Time Specific Goals
This process has you setting:
- Long-term goals (10 years+)
- Mid-Term Goals (5 years)
- Short-term goals (within the next 1-2 years)
- Immediate goals (to work on now)
While it is great you have identified what you want and created a list – the downside of this method is that’s all you have – just a list of goals, and no plan of action.
2. The Wheel of Life Goal Setting
With this model you are encouraged to set a range of goals for every area of your life on the wheel of life…
Career, Health, Finances, Family and Friends, Recreation, Romance, Spiritual and Personal Growth, Physical Environment, etc.
So you end up with 8+ goals multiplied by how many goals you set for each category and that’s a lot of goals!
The challenge with this model is that while it aims to make you a more well-rounded person, it can overwhelm you with too many goals to aim for.
Which one do you focus on first?
Since you are likely to try and take on too many goals at once, you can end up feeling worse than when you started, and set off that nasty inner voice that looks for ways to let you know what you aren’t good at.
Don’t listen to that voice – you just need to find the goal setting model that works best for you!
3. Outcome, Process and Performance Goals
Outcome goals focus on the end results.
They are simply a list of what you want to achieve.
They don’t work to well unless you set process goals along with them.
Process goals (also known as performance goals) identify the process and action steps you need to take to reach your goals.
4. SMART Goals
This the most common method of goal setting used today.
- Specific – the more specific you are when identifying your goals, the greater chance you have of reaching it. To be specific answer the 6 ‘W’s’ What, Where, When Why, Which and Who
- Measurable – Your goal needs to be measurable and trackable. Decide how you will measure your progress. Create a list of steps and milestones
- Attainable – Make a plan, identify any challenges and obstacles and how you will deal with them so nothing gets between you and achieving your goal
- Realistic – How achievable is this goal for you? What sacrifices are you able to make to reach your goal? Do you have the skills, knowledge and resources to make it happen, or are you setting yourself up for failure?
- Timely – Setting a timeline or time limit creates accountability and a sense of urgency to get started and meet milestones along the way
5. SMARTER Goals…
Which includes all of the steps above plus…
Ethical – the goal must align with your values, and Recorded – keep track of your progress and reward successes along the way.
6. The GROW Model
The grow model is designed to set a goal for where you want to go and determine where you currently are (current reality). Then you take a look at the options (what’s possible). Finally plan the way forward by committing to some specific actions that will help you to reach your goal.
- Current Reality
- Options or Obstacles
- Will or Way Forward
You can take your SMART goals and apply the GROW model to them to help you discover challenges and options to expand your chances of reaching your goals.
A Non-Traditional Goal Setting Model
Resistance and Goal Setting
EFT Tapping Expert Mary Ayers understands that we naturally avoid anything painful or unpleasant in life. “When we have old thoughts and events linked to the goals we set, then we can find ourselves dragging our feet and not getting things done.”
Mary advises her clients to think of the things you wanted earlier in your life, those things that didn’t happen or turn out the way we thought they would, and answer a couple of questions based on those memories.
- Has working towards you goals previously been stressful or difficult times for you?
- Are your goals things that you really want, or are they goals that are pushed on you by other people or circumstances?
- What are the benefits of not achieving this goal?
- What are the consequences if you reach your goal?
- Will there be more responsibility, greater expectations from others…
Goal Setting and Self-Sabotage
Ask yourself if there is a downside to reaching your goal, often the answers pop into your head and you can then see why you may be sabotaging your success…
Don’t be too concerned about the term sabotage, as sabotage is generally motivated by safety, our need to feel safe.When you are not taking action, your subconscious is very likely trying to keep you safe. Click To Tweet
If you think that goal setting has to be hard, and follow the belief of no pain no gain – then you may find Mary’s fun way of turning goal setting on its ear refreshing.
7. The GOALS Acronym
How do you feel when you love something?
- Want to be good at it
- Want to spend time with it
- Talk about it, and can’t get enough of it
As Mary says, when you use the ‘go out and love something’ approach to goal setting you are approaching your goal with excitement, and when you are positive about something you are more likely to see opportunities and possibilities rather than avoid them.
So, which goal setting model will help you to achieve your goals? Perhaps a combination of them is the way to go.
What’s the one thing you can do right now (it doesn’t have to be big) to get you started on making your goals a reality?
Get the SMARTER Goals Worksheet BELOW and start working on your goals.