Goal setting is like driving down a signed road. It helps you know where you’re going. It stops you from travelling the wrong way. It puts your life into action mode. There’s no better way to get into gear, than by goal setting.
It’s not as simple as this. You can’t map out your goals, without understanding what ‘makes you tick.’ Let’s say, for example, you want to get better at public speaking. So, one of your goals is: ‘Take a public speaking course and lead the next business meeting.’
It’s great, in theory. But when it comes to doing it, you freeze, you resist, and let this goal go where so many end up… in the ‘I didn’t achieve it’ group.
Why do you think this is? Well, if we had our say, we’d suggest it’s because you don’t inherently belong on stage. This isn’t to say that you can’t develop this skill. But you simply might not have the same personality that those speakers do.
And that’s okay.
The pre-step before writing or pushing forward with your goals is to take a self-reflection test, like Tick’s personality profiling tool. It’s a fascinating method to help identify your strengths, weaknesses, and who you really are.
From there, you can create goals that actually work for you.
Once you’ve done the foundational personality work, you can move onto the goals.
Setting goals makes you accountable. You’re not just talking about what you want to do, but you’re making concrete plans. You’re taking action. Creating specific goals give you something tangible to work towards. The more specific you can be the better. You’re making a commitment to yourself.
Having laser-focused, clearly defined goals which students can measure will help them take pride in what they’re doing – steering them in the right direction.
By setting goals, you can:
Express goals positively: List them out with an empowering tone, such as ‘improve my communication skills.’ Ask yourself, does it FEEL right? Listen to that inner guide.
Be accurate: Use dates, numbers, and anything else that’s tangible to help you measure success.
Set priorities: Give each goal a priority. This helps them avoid burning out or feeling overwhelmed.
Keep them small: Choose small, immediate tasks that will give you that feeling of momentum.
Setting goals isn’t as simple as dreaming, then doing. It’s essential to explore the inner workings of your personality, to identify blocks, explore opportunities, and give yourself the best chance of achieving them.
Use Tick’s personality profiling test to identify your ‘bird type’, then list (or revisit) your goals. Fill in the red form for free samples of Tick's tools.