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Life Balance: Are You Using the One Word Strategy to Reach Your Goals?

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Are You Using the One Word Strategy to Reach Your Goals?

6 Steps on Being More Productive in Your Life

by J.M. 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.

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

Do you have goals?

Have you written them down in an effort to increase your chances of accomplishing them? Read on to find out more about how to use the one word strategy to achieve your 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. Summarize

To be successful with achieving your goals you should start with an outline. You need to specifically define what you want to accomplish. You cannot be vague with your goals. Being vague won’t help you get anywhere.

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. Approximate

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

  • Limitations

  • Boundaries

  • Deadlines

It’s important to know the various parameters you’ll be working with in order to best estimate 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 creating 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 get to know what 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.

“One way to keep the momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” – Michael Korda

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

5. Evaluate

You need to be prepared to measure your results while you are implementing your one word goal planning strategy. If you’re not getting the results that you want, there is likely an issue with your action plan.

Don’t allow yourself to get frustrated if you’ve planned useless goals with no purpose. Be intentional and proactive in measuring your goals. It’s important to evaluate how successful you have 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 – If you’ve evaluated the results and you 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.

Getting Serious with Your Goals

If you have serious intentions about becoming a better goal planner and goal achiever, follow the steps outlined in this article.

  • Summarize

  • Approximate

  • Apply

  • Design

  • Evaluate

  • Regroup

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop until you get there.” – Bo Jackson

What steps do you take in your own journey toward accomplishing your goals?

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

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

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