Welcome to our free Goal Setting and Time Management tutorial. This tutorial is based on Webucator's Goal Setting and Time Management Training course.
With SMART goal setting strategies under your belt, you've made the right start in your goal setting journey. Now you need to make sure you have an excellent support system in place to help you accomplish your goals.
You'll be happy to know that most of the elements of the support system you need already exist. All you need now is to identify the areas you need support in, find the right enablers and put your support system in place.
You will greatly increase the chances of success in your goals by finding the right supporters. These are people, resources, or support groups that provide the much needed external support that will help you make your dream a reality.
Great leaders throughout history have always been smart in leveraging the expertise of others in their own pursuits of a dream, vision, or a goal. The fact that they did not have expertise in a certain area never stopped them.
In order to find the right supporters for your goal, you first need to have a clear idea as to what areas you need support in.
In the context of goal setting, the importance of knowing yourself and, more specifically, what your strengths and weaknesses are cannot be overstated. The more accurate your self-assessment is, the greater the chance you will have to be successful.
Pay attention to compliments and criticisms you receive from people you live and work with. These can help you identify areas of strength and weakness that you may not even realize you possess. Whether a strength or a weakness, you are better off knowing about it than being ignorant about it.
You may need to develop professional skills in order to accomplish your goal. For example, suppose you have been working as a computer IT professional and your goal is to start your own real estate firm.
Because you have no professional experience in the real estate field, you need to identify the professional skill sets and qualifications you need in order to practice as a real estate professional.
Once those additional skills are identified, you need to take the steps to acquire them.
Based on your particular goal, you might need different types of supporters to help you. If your goal is to advance in your career, your chief supporter might be your immediate supervisor. Maybe you have a certain financial goal for which you might need to seek the services of a professional consultant.
Recognizing who or what these people or resources are and actively engaging them to help you accomplish your goal will increase your chance of success.
Supporters at work can be found at different levels across the organization.
You may want to seek help from professional supporters.
Support groups provide two main benefits. Not only do they provide the needed support in accomplishing your goal, but they also provide a means of making new friends with similar interests as yours.
For example, if you are passionate about running and have a very ambitious goal of running a marathon, one of the smartest things to do is to join a group that's preparing for a marathon. Not only will it remove the monotony of training alone, it will give you access to other people with a similar goal and likely with lots of helpful ideas.
In this exercise, you will answer the following questions about finding supporters.
It is important to turn your social network into your cheerleading network for your goals. The kind of support base you need to build should:
The most important criteria in selecting a person or group to share your goal with is to gauge whether they will impede your progress or actively support it.
Look for people who will:
But, don't just look for those who agree with everything you say or do. Also look for those who can provide critical feedback and can be a devil's advocate and point out flaws in your approach or plan.
Avoid people who will:
Some people are eternal pessimists and they can tire you down with their persistent talk about all that will go wrong. There is nothing to gain from sharing your goals with such people.
Your journey toward your goals can have many milestones, bumps, twists, and turns along the way. By sharing your goals, you will reap the following benefits:
You can also use your support base to hold yourself and/or your team accountable in the pursuit of the goal. An example of how to do this might be to set up regular meetings with your team to discuss the progress you have made.
If your goal is to increase productivity in your department and halfway to the deadline you set you see you are not where you should be, schedule a meeting with the team to explore the reasons why and then either revise the deadline or put a process in place that will help meet that goal.
In this exercise, you will answer the following question.
Now that you have learned key elements needed to achieve your goals, complete the exercise below.