Once You have Set your Goal, here are Six Steps to Keeping on Track

The Goal is the JourneyNow that you have set a well designed goal and you know where you are heading, here are six steps to keeping on track.
Step 1: Determining the Barriers
It’s now time to consider any barriers that may get in the way of achieving your goal. If the barriers are ecological in nature (i.e. achieving the goal or goals could adversely affect other areas in your life or people about whom you care deeply), ask yourself if you are willing to pay the price to succeed, and if so then proceed. These sacrifices are made every day for those who achieve uncommon results. Journey to a GoalJust think of the loneliness of a long distance runner for instance. While everyone else is sleeping in the comfort of their beds on those cold winter mornings, that runner is out pounding the streets with the dream of Olympic glory driving them on.

If the barriers are not ecological in nature, then consider what you have to do to overcome them. Are you willing to do whatever it takes?

Step 2: Assessing Your Options
Have a closer look at all of the options you have to overcome these barriers and how will you go about them. What other options or alternatives might you have to achieve your goal or goals? How broad and creative is your behavioural flexibility to try those other options, if what you try does not move you forward towards your goal?

Step 3: Actioning Your Plans
Now that you have outlined your options, you need to choose the most viable ones that you will actually put in place. What specific steps and actions do you need to implement to make these options a reality?
•    What will you need to do?
•    When will you do this by?
•    How will you know you are progressing?
•    How will you measure this?
•    What impact will your actions have on others?

Step 4: Reviewing Your Progress
You need to review your progress while you are on the journey to achieving your goals. Do this at regular intervals – maybe weekly or even daily – depending on the goal or goals you have set. This is known as Critical Path Analysis on larger projects. If you are making progress, excellent! If not, then you may need to look at changing your actions, or in some cases even, reassessing your goals. In doing so, ask yourself… “Is this goal too big?”  If so, then break it down into smaller chunks that make achieving your end goal more manageable.  Remember, you take a thousand mile journey one step at a time.

Step 5: Celebrating your Success
Always remember to celebrate your progress and your successes along the way. No matter how small an action may be, it all contributes to the end result – which is your ultimate goal. This helps to keep your confidence ‘spiral’ going up, and drives you to continue on the journey. And remember, obstacles along the way are only signs that you are moving towards your goal. If you weren’t moving towards it, nothing at all would be happening.

Step 6: Dealing with Unplanned Obstacles  With regard to unplanned obstacles that you meet along the way, know that this is just part of the journey and that your ability to bounce back while you keep your eye on the main prize is what will set you apart from those who are less resilient than you. When faced with “No,” I always like to say to myself… “It’s never No until it’s No and then it’s never No, because N.O. = Next Option or Next Opportunity.”

Drop me an email to brian@precisionprofiling.com.au if you would like to know more about how to set and achieve the goals that matter most to you in your life.

Until then… Let’s seek to understand more and judge less. Have a great week – Brian

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About Brian Clark

Brian Clark is the principal director of Precision Profiling®.

He is a renowned practitioner, writer and speaker on building total customer cultures; values driven leadership and world best practice strategy and implementation.

He has been a guest lecturer on world best practice for the executive management programme at Monash University’s business college (Mt Eliza campus); an adviser to and key note speaker for the Singapore Productivity Association and a consultant to many major Australian and overseas corporations and government departments.

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  1. Brilliant! These are wonderful points that would help anybody in any goal at any age.

    • Thank you for your kind comments Jeff. The previous three blogs to this also talk in detail about Focus and Goal Setting. I hope they all assist those who read them. Cheers Brian

  2. Diane Potter says:

    Hi Brian
    A really good way to get the day started.
    I enjoyed going through the article and I believe motivational reading also motivates the manager when its embraced.
    Also good for small businesses to help them maintain focus

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