5 Steps of Writing Goals

By Lisa Philp, RDH, President of Transitions Group North America

Start with a three-year forecast and work back­ward; two years, one year, monthly, weekly, daily.  A whole bunch of well-managed days makes for great

Lisa Philp, RDH, CMC
Lisa Philp, RDH, CMC

weeks, which lead into satis­factory months, excellent years, and a goal-oriented, goal-satisfied lifetime.

  1. Write the goal. The first set of goals written may be rather vague and philosophical. This is a beautiful place to start writing goals, because you must certainly know who you are and where you are going before you can design a plan of action.
  2. Design the objective plan. What are the objectives or strategies necessary for the accomplishment of the goal? In other words, what must you do, in terms of specific tasks, to reach this goal?
  3. Determine the person or persons responsible to perform each task. Identify necessary resource people.
  4. Time activate each task. When must each task be completed?
  5. Evaluation. How is it going? Do you need to adjust your plan?  What have you learned from the proposed plan of action?

During the evaluation phase of this process you may need to address the issue of “what are the barriers to my accomplishment of this goal”?  Once you identify those barriers, be about the business of clearing them away.

After you have designed the specific plan of action, you are commis­sioned to PUT THE PLAN INTO ACTION!! Many people fall short right there.  They know what they want.  They design a great plan. But, they never expend the energies necessary to put the plan into action.

We put the plan into action, and constantly evaluate our progress.  At the end of the year, you will be constantly amazed and overjoyed to find, upon final evaluation, that most of those goals have been accom­plished.

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