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Goal Setting Tactics

Subtitle: Be an Achiever, Not a Dreamer

Issue: 18.1 (January/February 2020)
Author: Susan Fennema
Author Bio: Susan is the Chaos Eradicating Officer (CEO) of Beyond the Chaos (www.beyondthechaos.biz), a consultancy helping small business owners gain control of their lives through better processes, organization, and structure of their projects and business operations. As a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA in journalism from Texas A&M University, she has over 30 years' experience in the software development, creative, marketing, and advertising industries. In 2016 and 2018, she spoke at XDC and enjoys being part of the Xojo community.
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Hopefully, you have set some solid goals for the New Year by now and are ready to put your goal setting tactics into motion. If you haven't done that yet, you still have time to create a plan for the new year. Trying to determine goals during the holidays can be a challenge. So, don't feel like you've missed the bus if you haven't set any yet.

A good rule of thumb... if you can't remember your goals by the end of the year, they might not be good goals. When you are setting them, you need to be thinking about what is most important to you. Do you want to increase your revenue? Do you want to lose weight? Maybe you want to spend more time with your family or write a book. But, making a laundry list of all the things you want to change in your life isn't going to work.

Take some baby steps. Remember that goals must be attainable and relevant. Do you want to lose weight? Great. So do I! I have for 45 years. So, maybe that's not something I really want to do. Maybe it is not attainable and relevant if I'd prefer to have a lot of dinner parties and drink a lot of wine. (Ya think?)

Regardless, I will use use weight loss as an example since so many set that as a goal. But, these goal-setting tactics can and should apply to anything you want to achieve. The process (You know how I love process and planning!) follows.

Create SMART Goals

The first step is to write down your goals and make sure they are SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. A goal is not the typical New Year's Resolution format of "I want to lose weight." That's just a pipe dream.

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