The end of the calendar year offers us an opportunity to reflect on our achievements. Whether you are in the midst of mid-year performance reviews or adjusting your personal goals, it is a good time to consider what it takes to attain those desired outcomes.
When it is time to get detailed with what you’re hoping to accomplish and how you’ll go about accomplishing it, consider using the SMART goal outline. If you have not attended one of PDC’s SMART goal classes, the quick guideline is this:
- Specific – What specific actions will you take?
- Measurable – How will you track your progress?
- Attainable – Is the outcome realistic?
- Relevant – Why do you want to accomplish this?
- Time-Bound – When will you be done?
Another way to think about goal setting, goal tweaking, and achievement can be through a set of basic coaching questions. Consider the following:
- Expectations. When you set a goal, do you understand what is expected of you and what you expect or need from others to accomplish your goal? Clear expectations are important as you consider your goals. Unclear expectations can lead to conflict within yourself and in relationships.
- Hurdles. With any goal, personal or work related, there may be hurdles that you have to get over or around in order to achieve the desired outcome. Do you see the hurdles and have you established a plan for success?
- Accountability is key. Who will support you in achieving your goals? These may be different people depending on the goals you’ve set. It could be a supervisor, colleague or peer, friend or family member.
- Hiding is not an option. Many goals we set will have some aspect of success and some aspect of failure. It’s more enjoyable to discuss success than failure, but both are necessary if we want to experience growth.
Goals and strategies for reaching them should most often be flexible as new ideas come with experimentation and lived-experience. Being gracious and honest with yourself is necessary as you challenge yourself in new ways during the New Year.
by Melissa Clodfelter and John Champlin