The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide Part 6: Keeping Your Eyes On Your Goal At All Time2 Comments January 19, 2012 / Posted in Personal Development
GSPET – Tracking And Review
Tracking is the only way you can know whether you are moving in the right direction
~ Vincent Tan
An airplane is off course 90% of the time but how does it get to reach its destination? By consistently tracking the direction it is flying and making the necessary changes along the way.
Tracking is important because if you do not track your progress, you will not know whether you are moving in the right direction. If you don’t want to get lost or end up somewhere that you don’t want to be, then you need to start tracking your progress now.
The more you track and review your progress, the less likely you will stray off the track. If you want to reach your goals, you better make sure that you are tracking and reviewing your progress regularly.
Tracking Your Progress With These 5 Factors In Mind
1. Track Regularly
You need to track your goals regularly and this means tracking your progress daily.
There are people who review their goals once per year. However, it is too late at that time to make any changes. You want to keep your eyes on your goal at all time. Doing your tracking regularly is going to help you to achieve that.
If your goal is important to you and you decide to make this your breakthrough year, you had better make sure that you are tracking and reviewing your progress every single day. It is much harder to get off track when you are tracking regularly.
It is like driving a car. You won’t want to get your eyes off the road because you want to stay on track and avoid getting into any accident.
2. Tools For Tracking
Write down your goals and list down the tasks that you need to do (you should come out with your tasks in Part 2 of the series) to help you track your progress.
Simply go through them and check the tasks off whenever you completed. This helps to give you motivation, as you are able to see progress.
Lastly, remember to update your progress results in your tracking worksheet. You will be able to see whether are you getting desirable results when you are completing your tasks.
An example; if you are trying to lose weight, then your daily progress will be your weight and your tasks include daily exercises.
After 4 weeks of exercising, if you find that you are not losing any weight (through your tracking worksheet) even though you are completing your tasks, you will need to start rethinking about what are some changes that you need to make. The tracking worksheet allows you to see your progress at all times so that you will be able to make the necessary changes when needed.
3. 4 Important Things To Find Out
When you have a tracking system in place, you will be able to see what have you done and what are the results you are getting.
When reviewing your results, you will need to ask yourself these 4 questions.
1. What to do more
2. What to do less
3. What to stop doing
4. What to start doing
These are the changes that you will need to make to ensure that you reach your destination.
If you are trying to lose weight and after 3 weeks and you are still not getting any results, you should start asking yourself these 4 questions.
The answer may turn out to be…
1. What to do more – Include more interval training into your workout schedule that will promote fat loss.
2. What to do less – Less muscle isolation exercises that will not promote fat loss as much as interval training.
3. What to stop doing – Should stop eating refine carbohydrates for lunch. It is hindering your weight loss progress.
4. What to start doing – I should start to include more fruits into my diet to supplement my carbohydrate intake as I reduced my refine carbs. This is to prevent yourself from craving junk food.
There isn’t any plan or strategy that will be 100% foolproof. Hence, you will need to keep making minor adjustments or even change your strategy to ensure that you reach your goals. With these 4 questions, you will be able to keep making changes to ensure that you reach your goals.
4. Getting Your Critical Numbers
There are critical numbers that will affect the results that you get. For example, a salesperson will get more sales if he makes more cold call.
The number of cold call is his critical number. Do you expect salesperson A that makes 10 cold call per day to have better sales results than salesperson B that makes at least a 100 cold call per day?
The number works in the favor for Salesperson B.
There are critical numbers for the particular goal that you are pursuing and you need to know what they are.
Once you know your critical numbers, aim to increase the number. Simply by increasing the number will improve your results.
What are your critical numbers? Are you spending enough time on your new business? Are you spending enough time working out? Are you doing enough joint ventures that will help promote your business?
5. Final Evaluation
You have a deadline to your goal and you will make the final evaluation at this point.
There will be only 2 outcomes and it is either you had achieved your goal or you have not achieve your goal.
If you had achieved your goal, congrats! You are the master of your life and you are already making improvements to your life.
At this point, you may want to start thinking about what other goals do you want to achieve. Are there any other areas of your life you want to improve or passions that you want to start following? Keep on growing and improving!
If you have not achieved your goals, it is time to take a step back and reflect upon what went wrong.
You may want to look at whether have you follow through all your tasks.
If you had followed through all the tasks but you still did not achieve your goals, then go backand rethink about your strategy.
If you haven’t follow through on your tasks, then you might want to start spending some time on your planning stage again. It may be that you haven’t plan your time well to make sure that you get your tasks done.
Another possibility is that you are not motivated by your goal. Spend time thinking about your goal again. What is the underlying motivation behind your goal? Is this the goal that you truly want?
Your Goals And Your Journey
Regardless of whether have you achieve your goals or not, give yourself a pat on your back. You gave it a shot and this matter. In your pursuit of your goal, you end up gaining new knowledge and experience, which are beneficial.
The journey of pursuing your goals is rewarding and pleasurable. It is the journey that builds your character.
Finally yet importantly, remember that perseverance is the key to achieving your goals. Even though sometimes there may be obstacles in your journey, but the one who kept moving forward will ultimately have the pleasure of reaching the finishing line.
We have come to the end of the series. Thanks for reading until the end and I hope that The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide will benefit you greatly in your personal development journey.
Part 1 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Introduction to GSPET
Part 2 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Setting Your Goals
Part 3 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Coming Out With Your Strategy
Part 4 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Time To Put Things Into Plan
Part 5 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Turning Dreams Into Reality
Part 6 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Keeping Your Eyes On Your Goal At All Time