Yes, we said it! We are acknowledging that you have a lot on your plate! Goal Setting Strategies for the Girl Boss with the World on Her Shoulders is a post designed with you in mind. We know this subject oh so well because often times, the three of us at Team Transformation have felt like our plate was overflowing with “things to do” and “items to cross off our mega list”.
If you’ve ever worked with a group of people in an office setting or on a class project then you know that there is not one goal setting technique that magically works for everyone! Sometime just one technique doesn’t even work for one person. Don’t worry, this post is filled with effective goal setting strategies for the girl boss with the world on her shoulders. Take as many techniques as you need and implement them into your crazy, hectic, beautiful life!
…drum roll please!!
Brainstorm with Sticky Notes
The beauty of using sticky notes as a business planning aid is two-fold: You can create your
own memory aid or category using different colors… and you can mix-and- match them.
(Example: Moving them around a bulletin board as you brainstorm various approaches.)
Sticky notes are also less intimidating to many people, compared to writing things down in
one static place. In fact, if you’re a perfectionist—the sort who has to completely print out a
new Calendar page and redo it if you mess up one slot—it’s virtually guaranteed you’ll find
sticky notes less intimidating for you, plus you can buy them very inexpensively at any local dollar store.
Create Your Elevator Goal
Almost everyone knows the famous “elevator speech” exercise, where you try to
summarize your business in one sentence after being asked “what do you do for a living” by
someone you meet on an elevator.
Try doing this when brainstorming your big goal for the month or year: Imagine you’re
standing on an elevator, and either (a) someone you admire or (b) someone you hope will
become a client or customer asks: “What’s your main business goal for this year, and how
will you reach it?”
(Here’s a prompt, in case you are having trouble getting started):
I am going to ____________________ by __________________ for [date]
Use Affirmations To Reinforce Your Goal
How often has your goal disappeared from your mind while you grapple with the realities of
Keep your goal in your focus by using affirmations to cue and remind yourself daily.
Set an ambitious goal for the month—one that is slightly out of your comfort zone
Choose an affirmation that relates to that activity
Print it out in large letters (make an infographic of it, if you are a visual thinker, using
an appropriate and striking background or template)
Pin it where it is right in your range of vision when you sit down at your desk
Say it out loud to yourself, with conviction, every time your eye falls on it
Mentally visualize achieving your goal while you do this
Many Olympic athletes know this secret—in fact, take it for granted: If you repeatedly
visualize achieving a goal in complete detail, your muscles and neural pathways will develop
as if you were actually performing those actions.
For example, the tennis player who visualizes performing a perfect serve over and over
again; or the figure skater who visualizes her gold-medal Olympic performance, night after
night, months before the Olympic games.
Do it by visualizing in absolute detail what it will feel like when you achieve a major goal you
are working towards, for your business. For example, if you plan to create a successful
webinar summit with eight guests, visualize what you will wear that day; what your guests
are wearing; which questions people are going to ask; what you are going to answer; how
you will introduce each guest.
Do this before bed or during a meditative break time every day. Then make notes on actions your visualizations inspire you to take! (Example: “Send red dress to the cleaners and buy earrings to match.”)
Brainstorm with Friends
Try brainstorming methods of achieving goals with friends, fellow team members or peers.
Brainstorming is not planning: It’s just getting your creativity heated up—especially when it
comes to taking things past the obvious ways.
Try setting a time limit and use a timer. Then challenge each other to come up with as many
different ways to achieve your goal as possible within that time frame.
(And do record your brainstorming session—or keep notes!)
Find the Right Accountability Partner
Sometimes it’s hard to keep our eyes on the prize when we are rushing around reacting to
everyday life and all its challenges. Setting up a goal with an accountability partner is a
technique that works well for many people who otherwise would let things “slide”.
Just be sure to find the right partner! It should be someone who at least has a basic
understanding of business and who is dedicated to helping you succeed. (Better yet: Find
someone who has an emotional or financial stake in your success—such as a coach eager to
boost her own reputation by talking of your success.)
Set Goals that Make Your Happy
That’s the positive way of putting it, which everyone agrees is better. But if you really want
to put the statement, above, into perspective, do look at the reverse side of this coin: Don’t
set goals that make you miserable.
And if a goal that’s not fun is necessary, look for ways to make it more fun: Doing it with
someone you like; rewarding yourself with something really special; trying a different
resource or app; and so forth.
Be creative! Goals that make you happy are goals that make you want to get out of bed!
Keep a Goal Diary
If you’re working towards a big or complex goal that necessitates multiple steps or facets,
keep a goal diary. Record your progress every day. Make notes. Jot down ideas—and at
least once a week, review your progress. (This will either prod or inspire you to take further
If you are a visual learner, choose a distinctive journal. This is for your personal use, so
choose one in your favorite color—one that feels active and optimistic, such as magenta,
orange or yellow. Include photographs and magazine clippings, if that inspires you.
Oh. And call it a “diary”; call it a “journal”—but, as the old joke goes, just call it!
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