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Goal Evaluation

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 11/01/2010

Would you like to know how I’ve set the directions for my personal development in 2010?

I. Get clear on what really happened.

1. Did you have any goals?

2. What have you accomplished?

3. How much of what you accomplished was planned? How much of what you planned got accomplished? Procentually.

4. What have you built on that success? Get clear with what was great. Can you replicate it?

5. Measure how much did you invest this year in this year’s successes. How much did you invest in the last years for this year’s successes? You will realize what matters the most didn’t need so much effort as you might think. It doesn’t take much energy to be happy with your accomplishments.

II. Get clear with what’s about to happen

1. Did you set any goals for 2010? Which are those?

2. Do you have older goals which you wanted to reach? What else do you need for accomplishing them that you didn’t have before? What do you want to replicate from the previous year?

3. How much do you consider reachable from what you state?

4. Which would be the top 5 important personal things you would want for the new year?

5. What have you planned to achieve in 10 years, profesionally, personally, financially and spiritually? What will be you major accomplishments in 10 years? Write down a list of goals for your life and keep it. You will be surprised of what you will find by looking upon it years later. I have done this the first time in June 2004. By January 2010, I have accomplished or respected (at least partially) 17 out of 86 goals. Some of them, without even noticing. They just seemed so natural, I didn’t realiye that was a life goal. This is the sensation you might have when planning your goals.

III. Get clear with your limits.

1. What are the values that matter for you?

2. What will you never do?

3. Which moral principles will you never break?

4. Which professional principles will you respect?

5. What would be the message you would like to send to others and to yourself in this period?

IV. Get focus.

1. What will be the main advantages you will have by reaching your goals by December the 31st? The main 4 things. Write down what will you get for each of them. Commit to them.

2. What’s the first step you’d like to take? How can you measure it?

3. How can you improve your evaluation and planning right now by getting aware of this?

V. Get monitoring

Make a monitoring for each month of your year, at the end:

1. What were the main 3 positive aspects, what were the main negative aspects.?

2. What was their field and level of implication?

3. What motivated you to act that way?

4. What have you got to learn from that experience? In time, you will notice that the failures of yesterday are the learnings of today for the successes of tomorrow.

Keep these in mind while answering to these questions:

1. Be sure you believe that you are convinced you deserve it, that you are capable of it, that it’s clear what your plans must be in order to achieve it and that it’s worthwhile to achieve it.

2. Did you ever consider anything impossible and still, you have succeeded in accomplishing it? ideas that were once only dreams and now are reality. Get enthusiastic about your ability to reach such goals.

3. Consider what you “failed” as a learning experience and reevaluate to plan your time to learn. Allow yourself to acknowledge the mistakes you make. Nobody’s perfect. Not even the leaders of the business schools [en, blog]. Also, this way, you will remember the successes more than… the learnings. And they will take less time.

I also recommend you to read Cary Cooper‘s entry on this topic.

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