Goal Setting – What Story Do You Want To Tell?

On December 21, 2009, in Goal Setting, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

GoalThis time of year many of us are looking back at 2009 and are reflecting on how we did against our goals we defined in late 2008 or early 2009. I am personally full of hope for 2010 and I heard this question Sunday morning in church that reminded me about why we set goals to begin with.  I decided it’s the perfect starting place for a series of posts on goal setting for 2010.

What Story Do You Want To Tell?

While the question alone can have many meanings it’s a great way to define accomplishments that others will be inclined to relish and share with others. How would success in your goals make you feel? How would others talk about you and your influence? We all want to make an impact in our home, our professional environment, in our community and of course our wallet. What do you want to accomplish in 2010 that you can talk about with your friends, family and co-workers? More importantly, what goals, if accomplished, would be a key part of your bio when folks introduce you to speak? Another way to think about it is, what do you want to add to your resume in 2010? I firmly believe you should be adding a bullet to your resume every quarter. If you are saying to yourself, there is nothing at this current job that would offer me that opportunity then it’s time to change jobs.

This is a time to think about the meaningful goals for your life and how you can impact those in 2010. Maybe you dream of becoming a published author like my friend Michelle Prince. She met Zig Ziglar when she was eighteen an decided she would work for him one day. Several years later that opportunity arose and that experience drove her inspiration to write her book. What steps could you take today towards that goal? Starting a blog could facilitate feedback on ideas as well as help you develop your voice. Having it on paper is important, but you need to take action. The smallest action is far greater than the biggest intention.

6 Key Goal Types

  1. Financial
    • Income
    • Investments
    • Debt reduction
  2. Professional
    • Promotion
    • New Career
    • New Job
    • New Industry
    • Industry Leadership and Recognition
  3. Physical
    • Weight Loss
    • Competition: Marathon, Triathlon, Cycling, etc
    • Health
  4. Spiritual
    • Ministry
    • Education
  5. Relationship
    • Improve spousal relationship
    • Increase time with children or parents
    • Find a mate
  6. Educational
    • Start towards a degree
    • Attain a technical or professional certification
    • Learn a new skill

Find a quiet place free from distractions and start brainstorming a list of the things you would like to accomplish. Don’t set specifics such as dates or metrics in the beginning. First just start listing them out without any judgment of what’s possible. Keep writing until you can’t think of any more. Set the list down next to your bed as you’ll probably think of more before you fade to sleep.

Goal Setting Inspiration:

What techniques have you employed to generate a list of goals?

My next post will talk about how to write goals for action.

 
  • http://twitter.com/runningcouple therunningcouple

    As a couple, my wife and I always break apart and make a list of our goals for the upcoming year. We then get back together, discuss, combine, and prioritize our goals. It allows both of us to not only set individual goals, but goals for our family. The big ones for the next year are to get back to Fort Worth and grow the family…and maybe the Chicago Marathon 😉

  • http://www.isetmygoals.com/ Ronny

    I write down my categorised goals in a 2010 goals booklet. It is always in my wallet and I review it regularly. It keeps me focused on what really matters to me.

    Enjoy and share,
    Ronny

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  • http://therunningcouple.com The Running Couple

    As a couple, my wife and I always break apart and make a list of our goals for the upcoming year. We then get back together, discuss, combine, and prioritize our goals. It allows both of us to not only set individual goals, but goals for our family. The big ones for the next year are to get back to Fort Worth and grow the family…and maybe the Chicago Marathon 😉

  • http://www.isetmygoals.com/ Ronny

    I write down my categorised goals in a 2010 goals booklet. It is always in my wallet and I review it regularly. It keeps me focused on what really matters to me.

    Enjoy and share,
    Ronny

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