Last week I discussed how to set and achieve goals; in case you missed it, you can view and download the exercise here:
This week I want to talk about the importance of monitoring progress & celebrating success.
Milestones are important steppingstones towards realising your dreams and it is critical to recognize and celebrate these successes. Without recognising and acknowledging the achievements we make towards our goals and by only focusing on the end result, our goals can feel and seem too overwhelming, which can lead us to giving up on the pursuit of our dreams.
Setting a goal map or plan is essential to achieving our goals – without setting out a plan it is near impossible to reach our goals because without a plan there is no strategy or accountability.
I personally log my goals and initiatives in an excel spreadsheet, however you can choose to do this in a simpler way, for example in a notebook. The important thing to remember is to record your progress against your goal initiatives on a daily basis so that you can refer back and measure your progress against your goals at the end of each quarter.
Refer to the below goal plan example:
The green fill indicates that the goal initiatives were achieved, whereas the red indicates that the goal initiative was not achieved.
Create your own goal plan in either an excel spreadsheet or notebook.
Once you have been working on your goals for 4 months, complete the attached Annual Quarterly Review Assessment.
Document the achievements that you have made towards your goals and also detail the challenges/obstacles you faced.
Conducting this exercise will ensure that you recognise and celebrate your successes as well as acknowledge the roadblocks/obstacles that you may need to adapt to in order to reach your goals the following quarter.