Consider these when setting your goals

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Picture 22 skilled players running back and forth for 90 minutes on 7000 square metres of beautiful greenery without a goalpost. What do you see? Chaos, fatigue, apathy, disdain, disgruntlement, NO RESULTS. You get the point, setting goals gives our lives – and in this case the work we do – meaning and puts us on the path to success.

Indeed, we were all blindsided by Covid-19 and its implications this year, as businesses were forced to throw away set plans and make decisions via zoom calls, one day at a time. However, It’s better to be prepared when sh*t hits the fan than to be caught off guard.

That being said, here are 3 tips to consider when setting your goals

1. SMART is overrated.

Remember Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound? Yeah, serious folks don’t play by those rules no more. In a bid to make goals achievable and realistic, businesses play small, employees feel restricted and mediocre results are produced. So in 2021, let’s go a notch beyond SMART. Let’s do big hairy audacious goals that are refinable and collaborative!

Setting HARD goals forces you to do more

 

2. Hindsight is 20/20

You’ve heard it many times: look back to forge ahead. What were your business goals in past years? What strategies helped you reach them? What failed? See your mistakes as a free session with a business consultant and invest that feedback into your plans for development. At the very least, you will know what’s not working and your resources will be much better spent on activities that help you secure those bags!

Look back on what didn’t work so well so you can do better in the coming year

3. The 90-Day Rule

If it was good enough for Mya (Meagan Good – “think like a man”), it sure as hell should be for your business – only, follow through! It’s easy to get overwhelmed with annual goals, 3- year goals, 5-year goals. Don’t get me wrong, these are vitally important to reaching your North Star. But if Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s how quickly things can change. So break the large, ambitious goals into 90-day goals, then review, evaluate, refine. A great tool that has helped me to set and monitor my 90-Day goals is Trello

Making your goals time-bound is a sure way to reach them

Considering we are in AFCON season, here’s a sports-inspired quote to propel you to action on your goals:

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland

2 comments

  1. I’ll definitely be implementing the 90-day rule for sure. Really love the idea of breaking down the goals into chunks, then reviewing, evaluating and refining as NEEDED. Glad to hear that SMART is overrated because it just wasn’t doing it for me lol.
    Great first post girl. Proud of you.

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