Last week we began our multi-part series where we focused on goals and outlined 5 criteria to use for setting solid goals.  In this week’s quick tip, our focus shifts to goal tracking and how to set yourself up for success.


One of the 5 criteria of setting a solid goal is to define a timeline.  This is the amount of time you believe it will take to successfully accomplish your goal.  Some of your goals may be short in duration, but any time your timeline is longer than a month, we highly suggest defining checkpoints for your goals.  The reason is because it’s important to keep your goals relevant.  If priorities shift or if the details of your goal are now different than a month ago, you will want to either make adjustments to your existing goal or scrap it and create a new one.

Goals are a way to create opportunity for yourself.

If you’ve put time into setting a goal and your priorities or circumstances have changed, there’s no point in keeping a stagnant goal around.  Take time to check in on your goals – are you maintaining what you originally set out to accomplish?  Does your goal still make sense?  Adjust if needed.

Set Yourself Up For Success

There are multiple schools of thought when it comes to goal setting and how to help set yourself up for success.  Some people believe it’s beneficial to mention your goals to others to help with accountability while some believe you should keep your goal intentions to yourself.  A third way to help with support is to surround yourself with people who may have the same or similar goal.  If this isn’t possible, try surrounding yourself with people who share the same ambition.  This is a person you can reach out to when you’ve hit a roadblock and are looking for support.  When a goal is completed, this person will be there to celebrate alongside you.  Although many people accomplish goals without the support of others, this is something that might work well for you if you prefer a supported approach.

No matter the goal, the chances of accomplishing that goal increase when taking the time to set a solid goal, making adjustments to stay relevant, and finding a way to get the support you need to mark that goal off as a success. Attend a leadership training workshop to learn how to write effective goals and identify opportunities that set you up for success.