Written by Gavin
We’re really enjoying our association with the Doncaster Chamber. Fresh from Amy’s successful speaking engagement at the ladies’ lunch at the end of last year, I recently delivered a session on goal setting, to a group of fellow members.
Since it was the beginning of the year, and I figured the audience would still be in a ‘looking forward’ kind of mindset, I chose to talk to them about goals.
Here’s a little taster of what they heard:
You’re far more likely to reach your goal if you write it down. You might be sceptical about this, but it’s really true. Take Weight Watchers as an example. Their research shows that 75% of people on their programmes lose weight. Why is this? Well, a variety of factors come into play, clearly, but the fact is, attendees set themselves a target every week – then they write it down and share it. It’s this last part of the process that makes it so effective. Your goal or set of goals should be stretching, but achievable. Once you’ve thought of a goal, write it down.
To further enhance your chances of success, why not doodle a quick picture alongside to represent the goal. (People often discount the importance of doodles, but I’m a firm believer!) Next, find someone with which to share your goals; tell them what you’re aiming for. Finally, stick up your written goal for all to see. The more they’re visible, and the more attractive they look, the more likely you are to remember them and continue working towards them.
Sound good? Why not start by thinking of a goal for yourself; one that you could achieve by the end of this coming week. Make it something that’s really going to help you, your people or your business. Make it a challenge, but not one that’s too crazy. Write it on a piece of A4 paper, along with a picture or doodle that represents it. Now, display that piece of paper in a place that you’ll see every day. Most importantly of all, tell someone about it – don’t be shy, now. Articulating your goal, and the difference that achieving it will make turns it into something real and even more attractive to you. (Later, the person that you tell will doubtless ask you how you got on. What a great feeling to be able to share your success with them.)
If you can’t think of anyone to share your goals with – tell us! We’d love to hear about your goals – and how great you feel when you achieve them.
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