Setting (& Accomplishing) Realistic Goals In 2010


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Setting (& Accomplishing) Realistic Goals In 2010

  1. 1. “Setting (& Accomplishing) Realistic Goals in 2010” for the Anyone Can Join crew Carolynn Duncan
  2. 2. Basics Tools of Achievement Motivation Getting Things Done Ability/Capacity Support & Accountability Setting Goals Effort v. Success
  3. 3. Motivation/Morale The behind-the-scenes reason for tackling a challenge. What’s your “why”? What drives you to move forward through easy & difficult times? What sparks you about what you’re doing and provides constant, intangible motivation? Ability + Capacity What is your current skillset & capacity? What level, pace, role, and intensity of project/goal are you available for and/or can comfortably (or uncomfortably) tackle? It’s better to underpromise & overdeliver than shortchange on your commitments. Setting Goals Spell it out. Be specific and results-oriented. “Lose weight” is a hard goal to follow through on; “Work out 3 times per week, use a daily meal tracker, and visit with a nutritionist 1x/month for the next 12 weeks” is much more do-able.
  4. 4. Getting Things Done Break out goals into smaller chunks and commit to move tasks forward consistently. This is where the rubber hits the road, and your commitment is tested on a daily level. Will you continue working on your dream when nobody but you cares, you’re tired, alone, and there’s no end in sight? Support & Accountability Who’s cheering you on? Who can you check in with when times are difficult? What external motivators keep you on track? Effort vs. “Success” When are you “done”? Can you be happy with giving a full effort, even if completion or true “success” never come to fruition? What defines your satisfaction with your efforts, and how can you reward yourself along the way?
  5. 5. Obstacles to Achievement Fear of failure Isolation Perfectionism High stress-to-low- resources ratio (fatigue) Unrealistic or Quitting too soon or conflicting goals not soon enough
  6. 6. 2 Types of Goals Marathons (Major ) Requires 3, 6, 9, or 12 months of consistent monthly efforts, or, requires a combination of short and long term efforts, and in sum will need a period of 12 months until it can be accomplished. Sprints (Minor) Requires less than 12 weeks of consistent daily or weekly effort, or in sum will require no more than 12 weeks until it can be accomplished.
  7. 7. Setting Up Success For 2010 1. Set Your Goals: choose up to 6 major or minor goals for the year 2. Break It Down: segment each of your 6 goals into smaller tasks 3. Plan It Out: set up an action plan (“90 Day Milestones) for the first 12 weeks of 2010 4. Make It Happen: commit to an accountability system that helps you stay on track
  8. 8. Set Your Goals 3 Marathon (Major) Goals (3-12 Months Required) 1. Train for a 5K in June 2. Take a trip to Hawaii with a friend 3. Write and submit a book proposal to a major publisher 3 Sprint (Minor) Goals (Up to 12 Weeks Required) 1. Read 5 New York Times bestseller novels 2. Make 5 new friends 3. Find & prepare to move to a new apartment
  9. 9. Break It Down Train for a 5K in June (5.5 months available) Big Steps (1-3 Months Required): 1. Run one full 5K per Month (5.5 total) 2. Increase running pace by 5% each month 3. Log 2-5 hours per week walking or running for 5.5 months Small Steps (Up to 4 Weeks Required) 1. Research races in my region 2. Identify a race in June & sign up for it 3. Find a running partner by February, to train with 1x/week
  10. 10. Plan It Out 90 Day Plan: Train for a 5K in June (5.5 months available) Month 1: January 1-31 Run 1 5K and time it to determine pace increase Log 8-20 hours walking/running Find a running partner Month 2: February 1-28 Run 1 5K and time it to determine pace increase Log 8-20 hours walking/running Month 3: March 1-31 Run 1 5K and time it to determine pace increase Log 8-20 hours walking/running Continuing “To Dos” Post March 31: 1. Run 2.5 more 5Ks and time them to determine pace increase 2. Log 8-20 hours walking/running for 2.5 more months 3. Research races in my region, identify a race in June & sign up for it
  11. 11. Make It Happen Accountability & Tracking System: Train for a 5K in June (5.5 months available) 1. Sign up for and take out a formal contract for my 90- day plan, with a $25 personal reward per month if I do meet my monthly goals, or a $25 donation to charity per month if I do not meet my tasks as specified. 2. Run at least 1x week with a running partner beginning February 1. 3. Get a small notebook to log my running stats each time I run. 4. Send an update to myself and my running partner on Monday mornings with the previous week’s running stats.
  12. 12. 5 “Why”s of Planned Achievement 1. Because you can. (…and because there are others who can’t). 2. Because boredom breeds misery. Stay adequately busy & be happy. 3. Because your time & abilities are your most easily accessible & spendable resources, why not direct them toward things that count? 4. Because life is short. 5. Vincent Wright-- “What good is your intellect if you use it AGAINST YOURSELF [or others]? Perhaps you should point it elsewhere: hunger, poverty, violence, racism, etc.”
  13. 13. Go forth & conquer— Happy 2010! Carolynn Duncan