I am normally a planner. I have lists...lots of list! I have a goal list, a bucket list, a daily "to do" list but I had one of those moments this weekends.
I do not know how I missed this critical part of goal setting...I mean after all...it is a definite part of goal setting. When I set a goal - I need to be able to identify the steps to take to turn the goal into a reality. For instance - for several years now I have had a goal to visit all 50 States in the U.S. but I really did not identify the steps that I need to take in order to accomplish this goal. This in reality was only a wish and not a true goal since I had not have a plan in place to achieve this goal. It took that light bulb moment to turn my wish into a goal. I have now created a list of all 50 States with a tracking list. It shows all the States that I have visited thus far and then identifies the States that I want to visit in 2017. What I have now done is set a goal with a well defined time frame of when I will be accomplishing this goal. ~Voila~ It is written down and I now have finalized a plan.
Some of the steps that I have added to my goal of visiting one new State each year includes:
> Where am I traveling to?
> When am I traveling?
> Adding a pre-determined dollar amount into my travel fund each pay period
These three steps now may my goal of travel to a new State become measurable and I am now accountable for making this happen. I have committed to write this goal down so it is no longer a wish but a well defined goal.
After all these years of lists and lists and goal setting, I realized the missing piece!
How about you? Do you set goals as well as list the steps you take to achieve the goals?