Posts Tagged ‘craft’
(a series on how to set goals)
4. Progress-Crafted Goals Are Detailed and Measured.
We are able to measure and track progress only toward goals that are detailed and specific. It is imperative that we craft goals with precise and vivid outcomes so that we can be sure we are progressing and not merely changing.
A vague, general, or conflicted goal produces vague actions and vague results. A specific goal produces specific actions and specific results. The more information we can give our subconscious mind about our intentions – our wants, our goals – the clearer the right next steps become, and the more focused our actions will be. It is fine if the goal takes many words to map out. The key is to crystallize our intentions.
For example, “I have a new job” is generic, not very helpful, and certainly not very inspiring. Most of us could get a new job within a week, if not a day. It probably would not be a job that matched our skills, paid well, or that we even liked, but we could get a job. So be darn sure to specify:
In what industry?
What position and responsibilities?
What pay range?
What benefits, 401K, vacation?
How much travel?
How long commute?
Work from home?
What kind of boss (if any), and coworkers?
Our “specs” can go on and on. Generic goals do little to propel us to action. Yes, it takes time, but it is vital that we craft our goals in as much detail as possible. It is perfectly fine to rewrite the goal, refine it, add to it, mess with it.
Becoming almost ridiculously particular about what we want, and why we want it, helps create the inspiration that propels us to progress toward our goals – instead of focusing attention on the countless other options of how we could invest our time and energy.
Next up Goal Setting Rules 5 and Goal Setting Rules 6!
(a series on how to set goals)
Stop Goal Setting — Start Goal-Crafting!
A Goal Setting Workshop and Goal Setting Program for a Progress Based World
To work and win in this world of change we must dedicate ourselves to crafting personal and organizational goals that are so attractive, so alluring, that we are compelled to continually make choices that move us toward their accomplishment.
As a noun, CRAFT can mean an object or machine designed for a journey, like a ship or an airplane.
As a verb, CRAFT can mean to make or manufacture with skill and careful attention to detail.
A goal is the aim, the objective, the purpose, the point.
Goal-crafting is the practice of creating personal and organizational targets that are SO clear, SO detailed, so sound, SO enticing and LEAKPROOF that they actually become tools or vessels in our journey to their accomplishment.
”Our lives and organizations will surely change without well-crafted goals, but it is doubtful that they will progress.” — Dean Lindsay
Well-crafted, progress-based goals do not merely remind us of the desired destination; they help create the conditions and environment needed for their achievement. They propel us into forward-focused action and strengthen our resolve to work and win in a world of change.
Stop goal setting and start goal crafting!