As we stated in Session 5, Steps 1-4 are all about actually setting the goal. If you’ve not read that session yet, please hit the link and review those before continuing with this post. Session 5
Let’s begin to explore what to do after you’ve set the goal by learning steps 5 and 6.
Step 5: LIST ACTIONS
Now that you’ve determined exactly what you want and you’ve written that goal down, I want you to begin thinking about how you’re going to accomplish it.
At this point, you’ll grab a piece of paper or a legal pad and begin thinking about what steps you’re going to take. As you do this, I want you to write down anything that comes to mind. There is no order here—just write it down. Many times you’ll find that doing this with someone else is a good idea. It’s true that two heads are better than one.
Also, write down everything, no matter how strange it might sound at first. I’ve found that many of the “strange” things end up being some of the “best” things! Just keep writing.
As a side note, I’ve also done this step on a dry erase board when I’m working with a larger group. You could also use a flip chart if you have one handy.
There are times when I’ll also set a timer for 10 minutes, as I do this. Don’t stop for anything before the timer goes off–just keep writing and let the ideas flow.
Step 6: ORGANIZE THE ACTIONS
With the list of actions in front of you., it’s time to start thinking about time frames. So I want you to start putting completion dates by each of the actions you’ve written down.
In the picture below, you’ll see the actions steps that one of my clients and I created this week. She’s a Landscape Architect. As you can see, one of her goals was to organize her office and file all the projects that she’s working on by February 29th, 2012.
Once we clarified the goal, I started asking her how she was going to accomplish it. We went into her office and started making a list of actions. As she spoke, I typed them into the Excel spreadsheet that you see.
Then we sat down with a calendar and she started telling me when she was going to complete each task. I typed in the dates as she told them to me.
When we finished, I did a “sort” function on the dates so they they were in order from newest to oldest.
Then we hit print, and she was on her way.
It’s that easy!!!
Hopefully the process makes sense to you. If you have any questions, please send them to Robert@RMallon.com and I’ll be happy to answer them.
If you’ve read each of the six posts so far, you probably know more about goal setting than 95% of the people on the planet.
But we’re not done yet. See you in the next post!
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