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Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

The start of a new year has many of us setting goals, whether at work or in our personal lives.

Pick goals that motivate you

If you are setting a personal goal, start with something you really want to accomplish and are motivated to work on. Don’t start with the most dreaded item on your list. You’re more likely to continue setting new goals and accomplishing them once you have proven to yourself that you CAN do it.  In the workplace, we don’t always get to set our own goals. Find one part of your goal that really motivates you and focus on that to keep you moving forward, even if it includes other parts you’re not so thrilled about.


You have probably heard of SMART by now. It stands for: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.  The goals you set should be very specific. Vague goals will never motivate you to get them done, but if you are specific, you know exactly what you are hoping to achieve. Measureable means that you can track your progress in some way. Whether it is steps in the process or percentage of completion, being able to measure your progress will encourage you toward your outcome, or give you a kick in the backside if you’re falling behind. Attainable is setting goals that you can meet. If you set a goal that is simply out of your reach, you will only get discouraged and probably stop setting goals. Realistic is really up to you. You must be willing and able to reach your goal, but how realistic it is really depends on how much effort you are willing to put in. Unrealistic goals can also be very discouraging and hold you back from setting new goals in the future. Timely means that you set a deadline. If you set a deadline as ongoing or vague, you might just keep pushing it off. Set deadlines and meet them!

Write It Down

This may seem oversimplified, but if you don’t write your goals down and keep them handy, it is very easy to forget about them or shove them to the side. By writing them down, you are making the effort to show and tell yourself that you mean business. Place a copy of these written goals somewhere that you can see them, even daily, if needed.

Action Plan

Break your goals down into action steps. Remember, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.  The same thing goes for achieving your goals. Establish a plan that breaks it down into parts that you can tackle or steps you need to take. But have a plan! If you don’t have a plan, you most likely will not follow through on achieving those goals.


Possibly the most important step – Don’t give up. Never stop. If you have a setback, just start again. Backtracked or lost your way for a bit? Tomorrow is another day to start anew. Goals aren’t usually achieved or completed in a day. They take time, planning, purpose and perseverance. So buckle down, keep fighting, and keep moving forward. You can accomplish your goals!



Getting Ready for 2017

Getting Ready for 2017

As we approach the end of year and the start of a new one, folks will begin making their New Year Resolutions. We often laugh at them or make fun of them, but secretly we all have those nagging things that we wish we could change. So we continue each new year to consider improvements in ourselves. Likewise,… Continue Reading

Building Trust

With the recent worldwide success of the latest Marvel superhero movie, Captain America: Civil War, I thought it would be fun to discuss some nonprofit organization issues using the various superheroes as examples. It should prove to be both entertaining and hopefully educational as well. If you have seen or are familiar with the most… Continue Reading

Volunteer Delegation: How to Organize Your Process

Most nonprofits find themselves holding events or fundraisers that require more manpower than the staff can provide alone. Naturally, they begin to recruit volunteers to help make their events successful.  But how does the staff decide what to do with the volunteers once they are committed?  How do you delegate and trust them to do… Continue Reading

4 Tips to Inspire & Motivate Leaders in the Office

The workplace environment can have a major impact on your mood and emotions. For any business to thrive, it is important to create an environment that can inspire and motivate the employees. This is also projected to increase workers’ productivity. Here are a few quick tips to help create a motivating environment: Continue Reading