There is a lot of information about goals out there. I personally think you need to take pieces from all the different ideas and sources on goals and achieving them and create what is meaningful to you. For me, the easiest way to think setting and achieving any goal is as follows:
- Set the goal – Be realistic, specific, and ensure the goal is achievable. This takes 3 pieces of the SMART goal setting process and places it in one category.
- Create the plan – Like chapters of a book, set the milestones you need to hit in the proper order. Bite sized mini goals make the larger goal appear more achievable. Be sure to set/schedule the timeline for completing them.
- Take Action – Now that you have the plan set some achievable deadlines and measure how you do towards completing the milestones or mini goals.
Celebrating milestones along the way is a great way to keep yourself motivated. Perhaps you set a predetermined award for completing each milestone on your way to the bigger goal. Another great idea is to get someone in your inner circle to hold you accountable. Think about having the celebration dependent on the approval of your accountabili-buddy. It can also be helpful to setup some pain in the event you do not complete the milestones or goal in the scheduled time frame. I find that if you make your goal known or public you have more reason to achieve. An important piece that is often over looked is the importance of having fun along the way. If you make it a miserable experience you will quit or give up. Have the right mindset on hard work and focus your energy and emotion into winning. Every time you hear negative self talk stop it in its tracks, refocus on the goal and be certain that you can achieve it. Good luck on making your dreams come true.
Here is an after the fact bonus on Goals from Jill Konrath – Sales Professional
It‘s time for more straight talk today on goal setting. So let me ask you this: What IS your quota this year? How about your revenue goal? I‘ll bet it hasn’t gone down.
Can be motivating – if you have the skills to achieve them.
In sales we‘re usually dealing with performance-based goals like, achieving 120% of quota or earning $200,000. Sometimes these types of goals can be extraordinarily motivating – especially if you‘re confident that you have the knowledge and skills to achieve them.
But what if you‘re doing something new? What if these goals were imposed on you from the outside – and you have no say in them? You‘re just expected to achieve them.
Or trigger fear and blame if you’re struggling.
Unfortunately, as I talk about in my new book AGILE SELLING, when you start to realize how tough they‘re going to be to achieve, FEAR rears its ugly head. It‘s true. We‘ve all felt it – and it can be crippling. Things get even worse if you don‘t understand your why or haven‘t put together a how plan like we talked about in earlier videos.
Let me tell you something else: Research shows that when performance-based goals are your primary drivers – and it‘s clear you‘re falling behind – the natural reaction is to protect your ego. That‘s human. We all do it. After all, your self-worth is tied up in achieving these goals. But blaming the price, stupid customers, bad marketing or lousy products/services doesn‘t change anything, nor does failing to look at your own complicity in these results.
‘Getting Better’ Goals
Instead of performance goals, what you really need are getting better goals – those focused on learning new knowledge, acquiring new skills, mastering changing situations, and increasing your confidence.
Drive continual learning and improvement.
According to psychologist Don VandeWalle, salespeople with a getting better goal orientation actually set higher sales targets, worked harder, planned better and achieved a lot more. Isn‘t that interesting?
Shooting for some far off measure of success – a performance-based goal – actually works against you. But the truth is, sales is an outcome. It happens because of what you do in every single client interaction and how you prepare for them.
So let me ask you this: What do you need to get better at? Think about it. By focusing on this, you‘ll have a much better chance of reaching your goals.