Personal Growth & Development

The Art of Goal-Setting

By Scott Addis, CEO

Your ability to create visions and set goals is essential to your personal and professional lives.  Visions allow you to see yourself at some point in the future, while goals offer a road map to reach these visions.  There is nothing more rewarding than having visions, setting goals to reach these visions and focusing in as the visions become reality. 

Goal-setting is a powerful process of becoming clear about your ideal future, designing an action plan to get you there, launching into action and persisting until you reach your destination.  The key to goal-setting is your ability to turn this vision into reality.

The Art of Goal-Setting is understood and appreciated by top athletes, entertainers and successful people in all walks of life.  A person who learns how to set goals lives each day with a sense of clarity, confidence, purpose and passion. 

I was first introduced to the Art of Goal-setting in the early 1980’s while maturing as an Account Manager at Johnson & Higgins in Philadelphia.  Rather than seeing goal-setting as a chore, I learned that the process of goal-setting was stimulating, energizing and rewarding.  Goal-setting made a lot of sense to me.  Without goals, I would have no sense of direction. 

The Art of Goal-setting will enable you to:

  • Decide what is important in my life. 
  • Determine what I want to achieve.
  • Separate what is important from what is irrelevant.
  • Be motivated.
  • Facilitate my ability to benchmark progress.
  • Gain self-confidence as my goals become reality.

Think of goal-setting as your navigation system.  Goal-setting allows you to identify what is important in your life and turn your thoughts and ideas into specific, actionable and measureable goals.  Importantly, your goals will protect you from becoming distracted by other people’s agendas and expectations.  In designing your goal-setting navigation system and charting your own course, you will have control over your destination. 

Research on goal-setting and peak performance substantiates that most successful people are goal oriented.  They have learned how to turn their vision into action.  They have a knack of bringing the future into the present so they can take action now.  Greg Norman, the legendary golfer stated that “setting goals for your game is an art.  The trick is setting them at the right level, neither too low nor too high.  A good goal should be lofty enough to inspire hard work yet realistic enough to provide solid hope of attainment.”

A common acronym for setting goals is SMART.  The S stands for Specific.  M is for measureable.  A stands for achievable.  R is for realistic.  T stands for time bound.  Think of a goal as a dream with a timeline.  Every goal needs a target date for completion. 

If you do design SMART goals, do not lose sight of your “big picture” goals – your future vision.  SMART goals can help you climb the ladder of success step-by step, only to find that it may be leaning on the wrong wall.

As you move into 2020 and beyond, take a few minutes to envision the future you want and set SMART goals!

Learn more about the author, Scott Addis.

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