Setting goals at the workplace might seem like a piece of cake to most employees and it is. However, the most challenging goal in itself is to achieve these said goals within the stipulated time. This is where employees falter. The idea might be extremely creative; the execution is what matters at the end of the day.
In the book ‘Flight Plan,’ author Brian Tracy juxtaposes goal setting and achievement at the workplace with an analogy of the process of flying an aircraft. Most aircrafts, once they take off, tend to go off-course. It is the job of the pilot to set down certain objectives, while dealing with storms, turbulence, crosswinds, etc. (which symbolizes the various hurdles every person has to deal with) which forces the pilot to make certain necessary adjustments. This, according to Tracy, is how goal setting works in real life scenarios.
In order to achieve the goals that are laid down, every employee must remember that productivity is the time spent working towards the goal (s). It really does matter how every employee uses his/her ‘time’ to achieve these goals. Let us find out how to not only set goals, but also how to achieve them. Here are 4 vital steps:
- Determine what you want to achieve: The first step of goal-setting is to identify what needs to be achieved. It can be as simple as a promotion. However, multiple goals set at the same time can cause trouble. It is advised to set one main goal and other small goals which lead to the main goal.
- Set specific sub-goals and be realistic: In order to achieve the main goal, employees need to set sub-goals and work towards achieving the main goal. When we take the example of promotion as a main goal, sub-goals can be (1) finishing a project well within the deadline and (2) maintaining good relations with the management. Employees need to remember that these goals have to be realistic in nature and something that might be a challenge to achieve but not impossible.
- Note it down: When you have a goal in mind, it is advisable to write it down on a piece of paper or make a note of it. This helps the brain retain the goal on a subconscious level; it also provides clarity on how to achieve the said goal (s).
- Remind yourself of the goal: Once you set the goal and are working towards achieving it, make sure you ask yourself everyday (EOD) if you were successful in your activities that day and if you are doing all you can to achieve the goal. If not, it is time to throw the turbulence out and make necessary adjustments.
Achieving a goal/goals is not an easy task. A lot of work goes into the planning aspect of achieving the goal (s). Sound planning results in sound execution and in turn produces results – results that determine if a goal (or a sub-goal) has been achieved.
- Naresh Mulkunte