To be truly
successful in any venture means keeping score. If you don't keep
score, you never know if you have won or lost. Goal Setting is simply
determining what score is necessary to win.
Each year, I set an annual goal, which then becomes my "bottom line"
for success. My annual goal is not, in itself, manageable, because
I must wait one full year to decide if I have won or lost. Consequently,
I break down my annual goal into smaller, more manageable pieces
which take on different forms.
My annual goal becomes 12 monthly goals -- which become 52 weekly
goals. You might call my weekly and monthly goals monitoring segments
by which I evaluate my short range progress and make needed changes
or enhancements to get back on track.
thoughts on goals:
your goals in writing
a copy of your goals to the most important person
in your life
your monthly achievements with that same person
you achieve each "mini" goal (and of course, your
annual goal), find some way to reward yourself
your written annual goal some place where you will
see it every day -- maybe taped to your bathroom