Achieve Your Goal
The fourth ingredient to consider whenever you want to achieve your goal is “What.”
What? What are your behaviors? What you do and how you behave. Our behavior is made up of the specific actions we take within our environment.
What do people see or experience in your behaviors? Are your actions in alignment with Who, Why, and How? Does something need to be changed? What do you need to do to achieve your goal?
Simply put, “What” is your goal, written in the framework of a performance rather than an outcome.
When thinking about what your goal is, you need to think of it in terms of a way of getting the result that you want, not as the outcome that you’re hoping to achieve.
Just think about it for a moment. How much of a ‘final goal’ can you control without the influence of other people or events? An athlete may train with a goal to win an Olympic gold medal and hit all of their performance targets along the way, but, in the real race, the end goal that they set from the start could be taken away from them by a better athlete, or some mistake that they make during their event.
Having an outcome as a goal has too many variables that you cannot control, meaning your plan is often unachievable.
To succeed in achieving an outcome-oriented goal, you have to consider the things that could go wrong and find a way to overcome them if they do. Also, you have always to be better than anyone else who may be standing in the way of you reaching that goal – and allowing for the skills and strengths of other people is much more difficult.
Failing to reach an outcome goal is easier to take if it’s due to outside influences than it is if it’s simply down to you not being prepared enough or just not being capable of reaching that final goal.
Another problem with outcome goals is that they are generally based on you receiving some form of reward when you achieve your goal. Although the reward may sound tempting when you first start out, it can begin to sound a lot less appealing if you aren’t going to receive that reward for some months; furthermore, as mentioned earlier, there is no guarantee that you will reach that final goal anyway, so the thought of the reward can become less motivating over the following days, weeks, months, or even years. When that starts to happen, you give up and never get anywhere near reaching the goal that you have set.
Of course, if your goals are more achievable, and lead on to further goals on your path to improving your performance or knowledge, then you are going to be able to stay focused, reach each new goal along the way, and feel good about having done it. If you need to have an outcome goal, then using these ‘progress goals’ to help you along the way will see you reach your outcome without the doubts and lack of focus that you may have otherwise had along the way.
In the athletic event example: if you get disqualified in the early heats, or you are beaten by three or more athletes who are better than you, then you are not going to achieve your aim of getting into the finals and ultimately winning that gold medal. If, on the other hand, you aim to beat a personal best, and you achieve that without going any further in the competition, then it’s not a total loss. You may not be in with a chance to win gold, but you will have the satisfaction of reaching the goal you had set, and that may be enough for you to build on in future events.
Before you try to reach for something that you may have no hope of achieving, stop to think for a moment. Who are you trying to do this for? What are you trying to do? Is it an outcome goal or a progress goal? So, take some time to write down something that you want to achieve and make sure that it is practical. If it’s personal enough, realistic enough, and it will make you happy, then it is achievable; who knows, maybe later you can try to take the next big step using the goal-setting skills you are starting to perfect.
Achieve your goal assignment
Beneath each “Who,”Why,” and “How” write: “What.” Then rewrite the dream or aspect of yourself you wish to set a goal to achieve in a performance framework.
Whenever you start formulating a goal, it can help to jot it down as if your destination has already been achieved. Your goal should bе something that you genuinely desire. Not your spouse’s, not your father’s, not what you think someone else wants of you. These goals should be tied directly to what you want, to what makes you happy, what you feel passionate about.
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