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3 Goal Setting Tips For Executive Leaders

#goals goal setting goal setting tips leadership goals Dec 22, 2020
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Goal setting is something many leaders think they know how to do, but they are missing key components. It is one thing to set a is another thing to achieve the goal.


Goat setting and goal achieving are two different things, and we want you to be both a planner and an achiever using the tips below. 


But before we dive in, let's remove any skepticism you may have towards goal setting. Goal setting is important for many reasons, but here are three:


  • Goal-setting boosts clarity. When you set a goal, you will know what needs your focus most, and clarity is key to being a great leader. Having a goal is like a bullseye. All the things around you won't distract you from your target -- allowing you to be less of a reactive leader and more of a proactive leader who knows exactly what's important.
  • Goal-setting boosts motivation. When you set goals, it's because you want to picture a better future for yourself and your business. A brighter future is motivating! Part of being a great leader is having a compelling vision, so be sure you set goals to help motivate you and your team and keep everyone on track.
  • Goal-setting boosts efficiency. Teams that are aligned towards common goals find ways to be more efficient with their time...increasing productivity as a result! People want to reach goals...the how and the what can change as long as the result remains the same. Find efficient ways to get results by setting goals!


Now that you understand the benefits of goal setting, here are 3 goal setting tips used by executive leaders:


1. Think big picture.

It's far too common for leaders to set goals based on what they want in the "here and the now" but that are not relative at all to big picture dreams or their "why." If you set a goal that is out of line with what you want in the future, then you will find yourself going down the wrong path! The hard thing is that some goals seem like great goals until you filter them through your big picture plan. If they are taking your focus off of what's important, then even a seemingly "great goal" can be detrimental. 


Ask yourself: What is my big picture plan? Set a timer for 15 minutes and write uninterrupted for that time where exactly you see yourself and your business in 5 years. Describe it in detail and set the scene. Then, keep this picture at the forefront of your mind when you are setting goals. With each goal ask yourself: Does this goal get me closer or further away from this big picture dream?


2. Establish supportive habits.

Establishing habits is often a step leaders skip over. They plan their goal, but they forget that it's the small choices they make on a consistent basis that's going to help them achieve their goal...not one giant leap. Our brains aren't built to support our goals without proper habits put into place. In the book Innercise, John Assaraf shares how our brains operate and why it is so difficult to reach goals thanks to our mind wanting us to stay comfortable at all times. We must establish supportive habits to retrain our brains to reach our goals!


Spend time analyzing your 2020 habits. What has worked well? What isn't working anymore? What things in your life are on autopilot that you need to take action against because it's no longer serving you?


3. Up-level your circle.

When you set goals, you are calling yourself to a higher standard. In order to operate at a higher standard, it's important to show up with excellence in what you do. To do that, you must surround yourself with other people going after big things! Look at those you surround yourself with. Are they challenging you or encouraging you to grow? If not, it's time to up-level your circle. 


Take time to evaluate who you surround yourself with most and be sure that you have people around you who are going after big goals as well! Seek out mentors and peers who bring the best out of you and who are willing to hold you accountable along the way!


We want to help support your team as they develop and achieve their own goals. We are offering a free leadership course for you to share with your managers. 

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