Goal setting is one of the most important steps to achieving your dreams and a must have when creating a PR Roadmap. Writing down what you want is the first step in making your goals come true and giving yourself permission to revise them as you go along. There’s also a science behind it. Read what experts have to say in this article, The Science Behind Setting Goals and Achieving Them from Entrepreneur.com.
The author, Jane Porter from Help Scout shared some valuable insights from psychologists and experts and broke setting goals into 5 steps.
Let’s look at them one by one.
- Have a growth mindset. Do you have a go for it attitude, not worried so much about how smart you are or what other’s will think? How about what a mistake will mean? Psychologist and Stanford professor Carol Dweck believes that a “growth mindset” can be developed over time and that your abilities aren’t fixed. She shares more information here in this article from Harvard Business Review.
- Set meaningful goals. Challenging yourself to grow on a daily basis to what’s meaningful for you and having your goals be measurable are key points in John Norcross’ book, Changeology. In his words, “small steps together equal a giant leap.”
- Build accountability into your life. There’s accountability for everything you do. If you don’t go food shopping, you can’t cook. If you don’t pick up shirts at the dry cleaner, you may go shirtless. (Kidding, but you get the point). Typically, there’s a penalty you have to pay. How much pain are you willing to tolerate?
- Don’t fill yourself with false hope. As important as ambition is, it can also lead to unrealistic expectations. If you don’t get something done, you can feel like a failure. And, no one wants to feel that way. Janet Polivy, psychologist at the University of Toronto, calls unrealistic goal setting, false hope syndrome.
- Never underestimate the power of positivity. Leadership coach Peter Bregman suggests thinking in terms of focus, not the end goal. If you were a sales person that would mean concentrating on outreach rather than the exact number of sales you closed in a week. “A goal points to a future you intend to reach; an area of focus settles you into the present.”
No matter how you look at goal setting, it can be daunting if you give it power to rule you. Reframe your attitude, take small steps that build upon each other and focus on what’s in the present, not far down the road.
That way you’ll feel like you’re making progress which will propel you even further.
PS: Changing your viewpoint and attitude can make a big difference in your end goal and how you see yourself and your business. Schedule a PR discovery session with me to talk about what you’d like to accomplish this year. My calendar is here or feel free to email me at Robin@RobinSamora.com. Entrepreneur hours. So anything goes.