Lesson 2: Decide What You Want – 3 Ways to Make Your Goals Even More Effective
Have you ever made a goal that you didn’t even come close to achieving? Maybe because you didn’t have enough time, or it was pretty unattainable, or a variable was beyond your control? Trust us, we’ve all been there. Goals are easy to talk about and to champion, but they take a totally different strategy to actually accomplish.
Knowing what matters most to you is the best place to begin setting goals. But believe it or not, there are a number of research-backed best practices for setting goals that actually work. So, before we get to breaking down the things that matter most to you and how to start letting them guide your decision-making, we’re going to break down three things you must know about making powerful goals.
First, the best goals are R.I.V.E.T. goals. At The Riveter, we like to gut-check our goals to make sure we’re setting the right ones. Here’s how it breaks down, which you can use as a checklist for analyzing the goals that you set:
- Realistic – this means being clear on what you can do with the information, resources, and time you have to dedicate toward your goal. Goals can still be a stretch, but they need to be the right amount of stretch.
- Impactful – Identify the impact of your goal and what you’ll specifically achieve and for whom. If you can’t identify the impact it is probably not the right goal.
- Value-Add – Once you know the impact, it is important to understand if that impact will add value to your business or your life. Sometimes we set goals that don’t actually move the needle forward on achieving what matters most to us.
- Emotionally ready – this is a key step in setting a goal. You should always check in and make sure you are emotionally ready for achieving the goal you have in mind. If you can’t commit to the goal right now, that’s OK. Simply narrow the goal, start smaller, and pretty soon you’ll be ready for a bigger step.
- Timely – the last and super important step is to understand how long you expect to work on this goal. It is always okay to change the time frame after you start. However, being clear at the beginning will help you to hold yourself accountable throughout your journey.
Second, keep your goals near-term. Research shows that long-term goals are demotivating because you think that you have plenty of time to make them happen, and thus, you’re more likely to procrastinate. Short-term goals, however, are more likely to motivate you into immediate action. So, when you’re setting a goal for what you’re trying to accomplish, think about what you’ll be able to accomplish in the next few months based on what matters most to you.
Third, remember what comes after setting your goals. That’s action! But you can’t keep doing what you’ve always done and expect to get the same results. Something has to change. You may need to make more time. You may need to stop doing something in order to find that time. But the reality is you’re going to have to create a shift in your behavior in order to achieve this new goal.
We’re going to tackle all of this and more in this lesson’s worksheet. Download it and get to action on whatever is next for you and your business!Download the worksheet PDF