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Tips on Becoming Better at Achieving Your Goals

Use the One Word Strategy to Augment Success

by Joanne Troppello

According to a Harvard Business study, “3 percent of graduates from their MBA program” wrote down goals and 97 percent of them accomplished them within 10 years after graduating.

Do you have goals? Have you written them down in an effort to increase your chances of accomplishing them?

The one word strategy can augment your success in achieving goals.

Don’t plan useless goals that won’t ever get accomplished. Begin using the one word approach to make it possible to start achieving more goals. Use the following tips to get energized and start your one word action plan today.

1. Outline

To be successful with achieving your goals you should start with an outline. You must specifically define what you want to accomplish. You cannot be vague with your goals. Being vague won’t help you achieve anything, and you won’t have clear direction or know if you achieved your personal key performance indicators (KPI).

Remember the Harvard Business study. The research further revealed that 83 percent of the US population don’t have set goals in mind, 14 percent have goals without writing them out, and only three percent actually write their goals down.

Where do you find yourself among those statistics? I have goals. I haven’t always written them down. When I have written them down, I have had more success in accomplishing them.

Outline your plan. You won’t always stay on course, but that’s okay. It’s important to follow the outline as closely as possible. Just make sure you are open to making changes along the way.

2. Gauge

The second one word step in your goal planning strategy is gauge. You need to estimate the following:

  • Limitations

  • Boundaries

  • Deadlines

It’s vital to identify the various parameters you’ll be working with in order to best gauge how you can get there. Maybe one of your goals is to become a team player at work. You may have too many personal responsibilities, so you won’t be able to add extra hours to your workday. That’s why it’s important to identify such parameters so you don’t set goals that are impossible to accomplish.

3. Apply

Continue the one word strategy as you apply yourself to such skills as problem solving and increasing your ability to think outside the box. Don’t create more problems for yourself by establishing useless goals which you don’t have the capacity to accomplish.

You can do an accurate risk analysis to identify how to properly keep your goal planning on track when you apply yourself the right way. Use common sense and balance that with a good measure of creativity.

For example, maybe you might want to switch careers. You may feel that you’re in a dead-end job that is not helping your career move forward. Apply yourself and make a decent effort in analyzing all risks involved in changing careers.

4. Design

You should learn new things about yourself as you move through this one word goal planning strategy. You’ll ascertain parameters you’re bound to and how to analyze the risks as you move forward.

Now you can get the creative juices flowing and start designing the right goals along the way toward continued success. For example, maybe you’re trying to secure a promotion at work. You’ll need to task yourself with various steps toward achieving that goal.

However, stay creative. You don’t want to bore yourself throughout the process and get frustrated—and stop accomplishing goals. You may need to talk to your manager about ways you must be more assertive or how to become a better team player—so you can move forward in achieving that goal.

5. Evaluate

Be prepared to measure results while you’re implementing this one word goal planning strategy. If you’re not getting the results that you want, you likely have an issue with your action plan.

Don’t allow yourself to get frustrated if you’ve planned useless goals with no purpose. Be intentional. Be proactive in measuring your goals. It’s important to evaluate how successful you’ve been or identify if your goals are not going as well as planned.

In continuing with the example of trying to get a promotion, it’s easy to measure your goals. Did you get the promotion? Have you not made any headway in your goals? If you aren’t achieving the goal, you need to regroup.

6. Regroup

The final action word in the one word goal planning strategy is regroup. You’ll need to regroup in the event of the following two situations:

  • No Results – When you’ve evaluated the results and haven’t accomplished anything. If that happens, it’s the time to regroup and identify why you haven’t achieved your goals. Shift gears and get back to goal planning. Now you know what wasn’t working and it’ll be easier to figure out what may help you to accomplish your goals.

  • Partial Results – Maybe you only achieved part of your goals, and you’re only halfway toward accomplishing your goal. Regroup and figure out if you can keep going on the same path or if you think you need to change the plan.

If you don’t have to regroup, savor the feeling of accomplishment and follow the one word goal planning strategy and create more goals.

Get Started Using the One Word Strategy Today

If you have serious intentions about becoming a better goal planner and goal achiever, follow the steps outlined in this article. Remember the important six words: Outline, Gauge, Apply, Design, Evaluate, and Regroup.

Previously published in Medium.


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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