When goal setting, it is imperative that you create a plan to complete your goals. Depending on the nature of the goal, the plan can be short, simple, and to the point. It can also be very long, complex, and require many people and steps to complete. What’s most important is that you have the appropriate plan for your goal.
Goal Setting With An Effective Plan
Although each goal is different and requires different levels of complexity, there are five goal setting keys to create an effective plan regardless of the size of your goal.
1. Create a Clear Picture of the Desired Outcome
The first key when goal setting is to create a clear picture of the desired outcome. Another way of putting it is to “Begin with the end in mind” as Stephen R. Covey would say. When you create a clear picture of the desired outcome, you define what the outcome should be and what success should look in these three terms:
- Complete failure – “I’ll close up shop and go home.” If this happens, you will end the goal and completely re-think what you are doing.
- Expected/desired outcome – this is the result you hope to see
- Over the moon success – more successful than your wildest dreams
Identify key factors to obtain the desired outcome. For complex goals, there will be many factors that determine success or failure. For small and simple goals, on the other hand, there may only be a few factors that determine success or failure. [Read more…] about Goal Setting: 5 Keys to Create The Effective Plan