Setting Measurable Goals

How do you ‘Measure’ a Goal

We spoke in a previous post about our goals being Measurable.  So, how do we define ‘Measurable’   Another expression that is sometimes used is ‘quantifiable’ – “something that can be measured, calculated, or put a figure on”, and allowing other people to be aware of it if we wish to share it with them.  In the case of physical or material goals it is fairly easy to measure or quantify – “I have a comfortable living from a passive income of $10,000 per month”, presents no problem to measure, ” I own a special edition Harley Davison etc., but what about goals that are not measured by literal amounts.

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 For example, we may have a goal to become a successful Public Speaker.  How do we measure what is successful? One way would be to ‘measure’ the number of times we receive great feedback, or perhaps the number of presentations we give – and are asked back!  What degree of pleasure and accomplishment will we get on receiving well earned applause or complimentary feedback from an admiring audience?  So instead of our goal being very broad, i.e., “I will be a successful Public Speaker”, it needs to be measurable, i.e., “I will give  a well received talk every month by this time next year and be booked for the next twelve months”.

Our goal may be to contribute to a favourite charity, but what will be the result when you do, both to the charity and to yourself?  How will you feel about it, what measure of achievement will there be?  Who will benefit from it and how?  How can we visualise the results of having achieved our goal?  Go ahead, really think about it, explore the ways you can measure your goal.  In this example, don’t just think in terms of money.  Certainly it is nice to foresee handing over a generous cheque for XXX dollars, but think further than that, what will it be used for, how will it affect the lives of the ultimate beneficiaries?

What if our goal were to be something that was relationship based?  How can that be ‘measurable’?  This is where we need to engage our senses as measuring tools.  For example say our goal is to improve and maintain the relationship we have with our partner, best friend, customer or client.  Stated in the positive our goal would be voiced as:  “I have an excellent on going relationship with ……..”    But how do we know when we’ve reached that goal?  Try asking yourself, “How do I feel when I am with this person, comfortable, at ease, free to talk, uplifted, amused, enlightened, do I have that ‘feel-good’ factor, etc.?  Depending on the type and depth of this particular relationship check out whether you have these feelings (and others you can think of), the majority of the time.  Bearing in mind that nothing is going to be perfect, if you score pretty highly when you evaluate your everyday experience in this relationship, you have reached your goal.

Try the ‘Third Party Angle’, that is, imagine yourself as a third party observing you in this relationship, what would they see?  You need to be honest when doing this, in fact sometimes it helps to imagine being a specific third party, someone who knows you both and will view with impartiality.

A general question that you could ask yourself is, “What is my reward for achieving this goal?”  Is it a feeling, is it a possession, is it something you can touch or hold or experience, or maybe something that will stay with you as a wonderful memory in future years.

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Tony J James, Basic Author



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