If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. Goals should be SMART – specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-based.
Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between there are some very well defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.
Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal. Elbert Hubbard
But there are also important to have CLEAR goal: you will consider roles your colleagues and superiors play in accomplishing your goals, as well as other important goal-setting principles like the depth and scope of a goal, and whether it needs to be broken down into smaller, more achievable goals. Here’s the breakdown:
CLEAR stands for:
Collaborative (Goals should encourage employees to work together collaboratively and in teams)
Limited (Goals should be limited in both scope and duration)
Emotional (Goals should make an emotional connection to employees, tapping into their energy and passion)
Appreciable (Large goals should be broken down into smaller goals so they can be accomplished more quickly and easily for long-term gain)
Refinable (Set goals with a headstrong and steadfast objective, but as new situations or information arise, give yourself permission to refine and modify your goals)