There are companies who do not want to set their short or long term goals because their mindset may not be aligned with their future and vision and they are afraid of dealing with failure . There is an old saying that “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”. Entrepreneurship spirit helps, but practicality, truthfulness, accepting the circumstances and the inevitable are essential factors when setting your goals. Overall, achievable results are more easily reached when goal setting is done properly, realistically and carefully and regularly.
That is why it is imperative that individuals, entrepreneurs and companies periodically set employee goal setting activities to help them better understand the dynamics of the team and themselves. Goal setting helps motivate them to cooperate in the collective idea and goal of achieving progress and development for the company and themselves. Before starting to set ambitious and major goals, it is best that bosses and managers orientate the staff about goal setting and what the desired outcome is.
Here are some useful tips for you and your staff to effectively set goals: Explain why goals, be it for the short term or the long term, are very crucial and important as sometimes, we do not understand why we have to go through the soul searching task of setting goals when there is no guarantee that those goals would ever be achieved. Without set goals the company or individual is like a ship on the high seas without a rudder, floating aimlessly through life. All companies and individuals need to plan to ensure future success and growth for both.
But what does company goal setting provide for an individual or group? Perhaps the individual, alone or as a part of a group, has already done some personal or career planning. Why add another goal setting process to an already knowledgeable person or group? The principle behind goal setting when conducted by an individual, institution or a group is that, it focuses on the future direction and path of that individual or company, not only for the common good of the group but also for the individual members. Remember as individuals grow and evolve so do their goals.
When arranging your goals setting schedule, make sure that the sufficient time has been set aside so that your goal setting timeline does not conflict with any other important appointments or activities. Make sure you have a time table of set dates available so deadlines, appointments or important dates are not forgotten or missed out and are taken into account in your new plan. Define your intended goals very clearly. Start off with a bullet list, next flesh out in detail what the goal is and don’t forget to set a date by when the goal should be achieved, but be realistic as a missed deadline can be very demotivating. This alone can destroy the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Ideas and dreams will remain just that unless you define them and make them really clear to yourself through setting attainable and achievable goals. Once you have set your goals 1. your whole being, all of your senses, should be one in achieving your goal. 2. Be positive about your Goals, right from the start, 3. Revisit your goals regularly to refresh and remind yourself where your path is leading you and if you are on target for the desired end date, 4. Stay true to your desired path and if you find yourself going off track do whatever it takes to get back on the road to your goal, 5. Complete your goals and give yourself a pat on the back for doing so, 6. Set your next set of goals and repeat.