This is part one of a four-part series on goals.
Whether you are a first timer or an experienced goal setter, I hope this inspires some of you to track and cross off tasks. It can be such a tremendous reward to accomplish a goal, big or small. Don’t forget to celebrate your success!
In the healthcare business, we are already blessed with ambition; the ability to work unsupervised, the ability to schedule our time, the ability to follow-through on projects for our paychecks, not mention the personality qualities we possess having an important career in the healthcare field – ethics, integrity, a hunger for learning, and the list goes on. Why not take these positive attributes and apply them to our personal as well as professional life?
It does not have to be New Year’s Day to start a goals setting project. When thinking goal setting, wisdom has taught that goal setting is extremely affective. When considering a quality goal, it should be written, challenging, believable, specific, measurable, and have a deadline. In the beginning when you are identifying your goals, what makes your list a little difficult is that you have to think of examples that do not directly challenge one of the above criteria. A good goal is worthy of your pursuit. So to begin with, define what is worthy of your pursuit.
It is important to record all of your goals. Handwritten goals are a bit harder to update, so it is recommended you use your computer. For motivation, you must believe (others don’t have to believe – just you) that it is at least possible to achieve the goal. This does not mean the goal should be easy or even probable. Completion of most difficult tasks will have deep value to you. Remember, history’s greatest moments are the result of attempting the near impossible. Landing on the moon? We can work on more realistic goals.
It is recommended that you add to your goals. List some easy goals to offset a challenging goal. Limit the number of more challenging goals or tasks “coming due” at the same time to avoid frustration. Easy goals build good habits and reward you with gratification, while challenging goals force you to grow.
What are your current goals? What has kept you from reaching your previous goals?