Using Tip 2, you set your goal. You’re displaying it visibly and viewing it often every day.
Viewing your goal is a great start, but now it’s time for action. Without action, a goal is only a wish.
“Achieving goals is simple: once you decide on what you want, put on the blinders and move full speed ahead. Don’t listen to anyone else because they will only tell you why something can’t be done.”
This is the tip that makes goal setting work. This is also the tip that can be the most challenging. It involves action…and it’s often easier to think and plan than it is to act.
Here are 3 steps to help you act on your goal…
First, take action. Nike has this right: Just do it! Do what? Whatever action or actions help you achieve your goal. For example, if your goal is mastering a new authoring tool, 2 positive actions would be attending 2 webinars a month about that tool, and joining discussion boards for users of that tool or run by that tool company. For example, if you’re trying to learn Adobe Captivate, the Adobe Captivate discussion forums are a great place to start. If you’re trying to learn Lectora, joining the Trivantis Community would be a positive first step.
Next, check action. You want to check your actions to make sure they’re on track toward your goal. How will you know? Ask yourself this question, “Will this action move me closer to my goal?” If the answer is no, stop! Shift to one that does. Putting this question in writing and making it as visible as your goal will keep your actions on track and focused.
Finally, keep on acting and checking. Taking the right actions consistently and repeating them over time will achieve your goal…it really is that simple!
Dream, Set, and Act are ready to go.
Next, we’ll tie all this together with Tip 4, and some final thoughts to help ensure you achieve your goal.
About the Author – Linda Willis
Linda Willis is the co-founder, operations partner and chief customer relations contact for her performance improvement company, The Willis Organization.
Prior to co-founding The Willis Organization with her business partner and spouse, Peter, she served as Director of ESL instruction and programs for a large multi-ethnic school board. There she was responsible for leading and coordinating board/staff relations, teacher training and student programs for 27 high schools and over 200 elementary schools.
You can reach out to Linda via email: firstname.lastname@example.org