Have You Considered???
In a workshop this week I had the opportunity to share ideas on goal setting. Goal setting is very powerful and I have watched it unfold and help me move forward in both personal and professional areas of my life. I’ve always been a goal setter, but in July 2008 I set out on a mission to really focus on making things happen. I started by making a list of 30 things that I wanted in all aspects of my life. Within three years I found that 23 of the items on that list had been accomplished. I didn’t look at the list every day, but by categorizing that list I was able to prioritize them and focus on them in my thinking. Some were small accomplishments, but others, like finishing my doctoral degree were huge.
In our session this week each participant listed 15 things that they wanted. Some struggled with 15 items and others were able to fill their sheet quickly. We then did something a little different. Instead of personally focusing on the top five immediate wants, we moved to a discussion phase to provide guidance on making the goal setting process work. Two participants shared one of their wants with the group. I encouraged the group to help these participants by framing suggested ideas with this question, “Have You Considered … and then state an idea for setting the goal?” This process helped the participants realize that others ideas and considerations are helpful in moving our thought processes forward. What do you need to consider when setting your personal and professional goals?