I consider September a new year, especially when I was in school. It’s a new beginning, a time to reflect on the past few months and envision the following ones. It’s a time to resolve any unlikeable things, a time to check-in on the progress of any goals set in the last quarter of the year, and a time to set new ones or revise the old.
Core Values and Core Competencies
Where do you begin to set goals, you ask?
The very first step in goal-setting is discovering who you are. Dig deep down and ask yourself, what is most important to me (core values)? What am I great at that is meaningful and important to me (core competencies)?
Learning who you are uncovers desires that may be latent in your mind. Our thinking gets muddled up by so many factors nowadays that it’s hard to figure out what we really want in life.
In a world where selflessness is valued above anything else, we should not forget to look deep in ourselves and fulfill our own wishes. Because how can we fill others’ buckets if we don’t have anything to dip into from our own?
Be Forward Thinking
In setting goals, it is important to envision your next steps by listing your major goals and detailing the tasks to be done for each goal, along with deadlines. Creating a timeline for your goals is a very powerful tool in motivating you to work further on your tasks. Having a deadline allows you to check-in on your progress so that you may congratulate yourself on your achievements (boosting your confidence) and make any necessary changes to what you’ve already been doing.
Remember to be strict, but fair on your deadlines. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet your smaller goals, especially when there is a sound reason for not being able to do them.
Creating an Action Plan
Once you’ve got your major goals down and the associated tasks for them, it is time to create an action plan.
Break down each task to specific steps and prioritize them using the ABCDE Method. According to Brian Tracy, one of the leading personal development coaches in the world, the ABCDE Method of prioritizing is simple:
- Label all steps A if you must do them. These are tasks that, if left incomplete, will bring about terrible consequences.
- Label all steps B if you should do them, but are not as important as the ones in A. These tasks will also yield consequences.
- Label all steps C if they are nice to do, adding on to the value of your overall project. These tasks may have consequences affecting your goals.
- Label all steps D if you can delegate them to others. These tasks may also have consequences, but are not important enough to take your own time.
- And label all steps E if they can be eliminated. These tasks do not add anything to your project, nor do they have consequences if you don’t do them.
By its definition, prioritizing tasks means working on the most important to-dos in your list first. Thus, do not move on to B tasks if you haven’t completed A tasks. Do not do C tasks if you haven’t done all your B tasks. And so on.
Remember the 80/20 rule: 20% of work done should account for 80% of results.
It is also important to take note of any limitations, constraints, and obstacles that may hinder you from accomplishing your goals. This will enable you to create plans around unfortunate circumstances and still be able to move forward and achieve positive results.
Now that you’ve laid out your plans, it is time to take action.
Do something every day that will move you closer to the finish line.
Cheering you on,