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Dec 29

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Goal Getting vs Goal Setting

The New Year is coming fast and all that has flooded my inbox has been topics related to goal setting and how to make 2014 your best year ever.  In 2014, I’ve decided not to goal set but to goal get.  I believe that we spend way too much time getting ready to get ready and to me that’s what setting goals is about.  Getting ready to get ready.  Don’t get me wrong.  I believe in setting goals.  But this year I am going to focus on getting my goals or in other words, bringing my goals to life.

2014 is about getting into ACTION vs simple Goal Setting

So when I run into you this year, I am going to ask you what goal did you get versus what goal did you set?  2014 is going to be all about ACTION.  Making it happen.  I think it’s important to know what you want, once you know what it is you want, you should set the intention and put the work in to make it happen.

In business we set objectives for each quarter and we make plans.  We often set certain metrics to measure against those plans and all of that is great.  This is what businesses should do, but I believe that the thing that is most important in this process is when the business (or YOU if you’re a solopreneur) break down those objectives into actionable tasks.  This is often the missing link in the goal setting exercise – ACTION!

In order to manage a project you must break down the tasks into action steps.  This is where the journey begins.  Each action represents a brick on your road to achievement.  Sometimes a task may require 100 actions, but it doesn’t matter as long as it is moving you in the direction of getting your goal.

My Strategy for Getting a Goal

So here is my strategy for getting a goal:

  1. Take an excel spreadsheet and create 5 goals that you want get.  For each goal name the 5 worksheets inside of the one spreadsheet.
  2. Then once you have the worksheets named in each worksheet write down all the actions that it will take to achieve or get to that particular goal.
  3. Once you have all the actions written down, take each day and attempt to achieve at least 5 actions each day towards achieving that goal.  Or if you have 5 worksheets, then depending on how long it takes to achieve a particular action, pick one action from each worksheet.  Sometimes if it is a short action then you might want to take 2 or 3 actions from each worksheet.

Following these simple steps will help you GET your Goal.  So this year, don’t goal set, goal get.

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Toni Coleman-Brown

Toni Coleman Brown is an author, coach, motivational speaker, social media strategist and professional networker. She is also the Founder of the popular, Network for Women in Business, which is an online community designed to train, connect and advance women in business.

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