Are You Ready for 2013?

Goals & Plan“Big results require big ambitions.”  Heraclitus

Next week 2012 comes to an end and 2013 begins.  Are you ready for the New Year?  Have you taken the time to look at your goals and plans?  If not, why not?  Some people hate the idea of creating resolutions or writing down goals.  Here are the top five reasons for resisting setting goals:

  1. “I don’t know what I want”
  2. Setting the wrong goals
  3. Past disappointments
  4. Skepticism
  5. Fear

There has been a lot of discussion lately around the idea of not setting goals.  This is focused on the fact that setting the wrong goals leads to the wrong behavior.  The reality is that you get what you measure so be careful what you set as the goal.  I’ve seen supervisors who are judge by the number of defects their department records, so they stop recording the problems and just fix them.  That looks good but the problems aren’t addressed in a way that focuses on eliminating recurrence of the errors.

Setting goals does not have to be hard or limiting.  The idea is to create a vision of where you want to go.  When you decide to go on vacation you start with an idea of where you want to go and then create a plan of how to get there.  Why is your life any different?  Goals are visions of the future and what you want to achieve or have in life.  These can be very specific or they can be more like a big picture.  With the end in mind you can figure out the steps to take that will get you there.

The great thing about having goals is that once you start moving forward towards the things you want you will be surprised at how far you go.  Setting one or two really big goals that seem out of reach can be daunting, however breaking them down and getting started will create momentum that will carry you farther than you thought possible.   To get big results you need to know what you are striving for.

Here are five reasons to set goals for 2013:

  1. Help clarify what you want
  2. Build confidence
  3. Create a sense of control
  4. Make the impossible possible
  5. Expand your horizons

If you haven’t already set goals for the upcoming year, take some time this week and dream about what you would like to accomplish by this time next year.  Write your thoughts down.  Next start figuring out what has to be done to make them happen.  Now you have your goals and a plan for the year.  Good luck and go for it!

What is your favorite tip for setting goals?

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