Is your destination “Goal Specific?
Why is it important to be goal specific?
The answer lies in simplicity.
The more specific you are when you create a goal, the
easier it is to break down your goal into simpler, more
manageable pieces. Is your plan Goal Specific?
Knowing all of the pros and cons of what you want to do is one
of the most important aspects of goal success. Understanding what
it is going to take to implement the goal setting process, will
help you to know what your needs are along the way.
What? You thought that you just tell yourself “Do This” and
it just happens? No, I’m sure that’s not the case.
You’re smarter than that, but you may not have realized
the “Why” part of Why it is important to be goal specific.
Goal Specific Tip #1: Evaluate!
When you begin to process what your goal is about, or needs
to be, you must look at “All the angles”.
Don’t just say “I will build my child’s treehouse by next Saturday”
While this carries a specific nature, it is not as goal specific as
it needs to be.
I will build my child’s treehouse in “X” tree, using Cedar lumber
from (building supply, garage, etc.). The design will be My own,
from a plan, at a cost of approximately “X” dollars/Euros/?/.
I can do this in my spare time (evenings and weekends)
within 7 days.
Now, what is the difference in the goal specific content
between the two? A lot.
So, why is the second better than the first?
Goal Specific Tip #2: Simplify
Always simplify when possible.
In the second, and more goal specific statement, you can look at many
aspects of the goal. This allows you to more easily re-state portions of
your goal that will not fit with the plan.
For instance, maybe cedar is not the wood that is available to you.
What are your alternatives?
Maybe you bought a plan that will not allow construction in the tree
that you have chosen. Now what? Can you modify the plan? Can you
modify the tree (not my best choice – I like trees)?
Goal Specific Tip #3: What about that plan ‘B’?
You need to always be aware that you may need a “Plan ‘B’ “.
As situations, challenges, and even simply life can attempt to
subvert your plans, keeping tabs on alternatives is always
a great idea.
The more that you understand your goal (i.e. specific aspects),
the better you can pick out where things can go wrong, and
where possible changes may be needed.
There is almost always more than “ONE WAY” to do things.
Challenges will come and go no matter what you do.
The better prepared you are, the more likely you will be
to see you plan through to its finish.
===> Always evaluate your plan, be goal specific, and set up your goal accordingly.
===> Simplify your goal when possible to more easily understand its pros and cons.
===> Remember that alternatives usually exist for any challenge.
Keep these Goal Specific Tips in mind and you will not have
to say “I Quit” to your plans. Just a little “Sidestep” will do.