John Maxwell said it best when he stated that most people are exceptional at goal setting but mediocre at goal management. Goal management is the name of the game.
Having a goal is cute. Achieving a goal is FIERCE!
So… when you look at the last 6 months, ask yourself 3 important questions:
1) At the beginning of 2014, what did I want to achieve?
2) How has that changed?
3) What do I want to achieve by the end of the next 6 months?
Here’s the reality of goal management: As you change, so will your goals. The problem is that most people fail to take inventory over time and eventually wind up at a point (usually at the 6 or 12 month mark) where they realize that what they started the year wanting is not what they want right now… and then they get scared to change the goals in fear of being wishy-washy or non-committal. Better to be non-committal to something you don’t want so you can clear the space to be open and focused on what you really DO want.
Now’s the time to get clear on where you are. Six months are gone. Six months are left. Take a few minutes and answer the 3 questions above. Follow that up with the 6 questions below:
1) By December 31, 2014, when I look back on my year, what do I want to be able to say I accomplished?
2) What specific goals and timelines am I committing to from this moment forward?
3) Where, in my schedule, is time allocated to accomplish these goals?
4) What are my next THREE steps? (Don’t worry about the whole plan. Take care of the 3 next steps and then ask the question again. Remember: WHOLE MIND in present action).
5) Who will be my accountability partners?
6) How often will I check in on these goals and make changes when needed? Are these check-ins scheduled ON my calendar?
Follow through on these 9 questions and you’ll find that the next 6 months will be WAY better than the last 6. Go for what you want!