By Doug Hirschhorn, Ph.D.
The number one reason why the vast majority of people never fully achieve their goals is because they do not know how to set them up properly. In order to get you on the right track to achieving success, try following this five-step goal setting process I like to call the C.H.A.M.P. Achieving Your Goals.
Each letter in C.H.A.M.P. stands for a different part of the process: Controllable, Hard, Accountable, Measurable, and Positive. How can C.H.A.M.P. help you achieve your goals? Read on…
CHAMP: Establishing and Achieving Your Goals to Success
Controllable: Each and every goal you set must be entirely in your control. For example, if I am a very good baseball player and my goal is to hit .300 for the season, is this entirely in my control? Before you answer “Yes,” think for a second…. The fact is there are other people and factors involved (injuries, coaches, umpires, pitchers, other players, weather, etc) which have a direct impact on my ability to hit .300. Instead, my goal should be to swing only at good pitches. That is something that is entirely in my control.
Hard: Every goal must be slightly out of your reach. This way, you will continuously push yourself to newer and higher levels of performance. Once goals are no longer hard to achieve, then we tend to become complacent. To succeed, you must always continue to grow.
Accountable: You need to either hold yourself accountable for the goals and plans you establish, or find someone else to keep you in check. If you have great self-discipline, then you already have the tools essential to establishing and achieving your goals. If you are not one of those fortunate few, find someone to answer to in order to keep pushing yourself to increasingly higher levels. Remember, one approach is not better than another… at the end of the day all that matters is if you reached your goal.
Measurable: You have to be able to measure your progress. One basic way is by keeping a daily or weekly performance journal. This is critical so you can track your progress and increase, decrease or modify your goals as you work towards achieving them.
Positive: You have to think about and state your goals in a positive light. For example, if you say the following, “My goal is to not have lower sales numbers than I did last quarter” then this would not be considered a “positive” goal. Instead, reword it to something like, “My goal is to increase my production by 25% from last quarter.” Laugh if you want, but many people make the huge mistake of injecting negative thinking into their goals – and they do not even realize it. As a Peak Performance coach, I have yet to see an elite performer achieve greatness by thinking negative thoughts. Negativity adds zero value and only hinders your ability achieve your goals so be aware of your thoughts.
I encourage each and every one of you to take the time today to put the C.H.A.M.P. goal setting process into action so you can begin to transform your dreams into realities.
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