How to Set Goals You will be Committed to in 2021?
As we count down to the end of 2020, it is also time of the year where we start to set our 2021 goals. And, do you start wondering why some people seem to achieve phenomenal success yet you can’t seem to hit your goals? Well, it is not just about setting a SMART goal! In this blog, I am sharing a goal setting framework to guide you how to set goals you will be committed to in 2021!
01. 2020 REFLECTION
While 2020 has been one of the craziest year in our lifetime so far, what can we learn from and be grateful for? Ask yourself these questions, which will help steer you into 2021…
What are top 3-5 things you are grateful for in 2020? Recall 3 successes or progress, no matter how small, in 2020? How have you taken care of yourself in 2020? Can you think of the main challenges you struggle with and what have you learnt?
02. Evaluate Your Key Roles in Life
a. What’s Important to you about each of your role?
We all play many different roles in our life, and learn to juggle each role. What are the key roles you play, and what are the values of each role to you? For each role, take some time to ask your inner self,
“What’s important of the role to me, and what’s the highest positive intention of that?”
These values will provide the motivation to fuel your end goals, so it’s important you complete this!
b. Rate your performance in 2020
Yes, similar to how we evaluate our work performance, why wouldn’t we evaluate our performance in life??? No need to be overly critical though, this rating is meant to help you gauge how much focus you need to put in 2021!
Next, ask yourself “Is this an area you want to focus on for 2021?”
If yes, do put a * beside this, and ask yourself how important it is (from a scale 1 to 10, 10 being most important you work on this aspect of your life in 2021).
03. Who do You want to Become?
Take a few minutes to visualize who you want to be come in 2021. Based on your evaluation in step 2, now visualize how you want each role you play to look like in 2021. How does that look like, feel like, sound like?
A few months ago, I wrote a blog on this similar topic. This may be helpful for you in the exercise, so read this post!
04. Craft SMART goals initiated by YOU
For each key role you have, set your SMART goal that you are accountable for. SMART goal is a common concept in the goal setting exercise, and if you need some help on this, check out this post.
Once you have your goals, it is super important to check the following two things. If not done, they may end up to be the reasons why you kill your goal later on!
▪ Ensure your SMART goal is aligned to who you want to be and your values of the roles in your life (refer to step 2 & 3). You want to be congruent in your goals to your values.
▪ Check if your SMART goal involves or impact other people in your lives. And if so, put an * next to it and remind yourself to speak to the person.
For each goal, spend a few minutes to identify the resources you already have (skills, attitude, books, people, etc) access to which will help you achieve your goal. These will make your life much easier!
Also, spend a few minutes to identify the resources you still need to achieve your goals. These are things you want to take note so they don’t become a surprise latter in the process of working on your goals! You may even have to start planning how you can get these help you need.
06. Take the FIRST Step!
For each goal, identify what’s the first step you can take in the next few days. Don’t be overly ambitious to plan every step you need to take at this point.
The key is to identify at least 1 small step you can take in the next few days that will get you going and taking that FIRST STEP!!!
Slay Your 2021 Goals!
I hope this provides a step by step guide to help you set & slay your 2021 goals! It starts with goals you will commit to!
And, for those of you who are feeling a little lost in this long process, let me be your guide in helping you slay your 2021 goals. Contact me now, there is no need to wait!