The Bare-Faced Reality About Goal-Setting Plus Candid Advice From Business Moms Who Rock

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Not all the goals that were set at the beginning of the year will be accomplished. Statistics tell us that only 8% of goals/resolutions set at the beginning of the year get ticked off as done. Sad fact, but true. The enthusiasm with which the goals were made could be one reason. Some goals were made based on other people's goals. Some based on expectations needed to be fulfilled by others. For others, just because it's a new year.
A Harvard Business study
revealed that:
  • 83% of the population do not have goals
  • 14% have a plan in mind but are unwritten goals
  • 3% have goals written down.
The study found that the 14% who had goals were 10 times more successful than those without goals and the 3% with written goals were 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals. That's something, isn't it?

Clearly, a person is more likely to achieve a goal if it is written down

I spoke with three Business moms about goals and this is what they had to say.

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Harleena Singh
I prefer to be very selective, precise, and practical in setting my goals. First, you need to have few goals, and then every goal you set up should be supported by a strong sense of need and be of great value, so the chances are more that you'll stick to them. Before you set out to achieve your goals, have a plan or strategy and be serious and steady in its implementation. I like to set up realistic goals, take baby steps, develop a routine, and set deadlines for success.

Mom bloggers and entrepreneurs already have too much on their table, so they need to carefully divide their time into separate slots for different activities and ensure that they devote a part of it to attain their goals on a daily basis. Your goal attainment recipe is incomplete without proper time management.

My takeaway: Have few goals that are driven by a sense of need/urgency. Have a plan/strategy.

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Omilola Oshikoya
It's important to set SMART goals i.e Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. For example, it is not enough to say I would like to lose weight. A 'smart' goal is, I would like to lose 10 kilograms by the 30th of June, 2017.

It is also important to create a plan to achieve your goals. For instance, the plan to lose 10 kilograms would be to walk 30 minutes daily, eat at least two types of vegetables daily and to cut out fizzy drinks.

You can set mid-term or long-term goals. A good tip would be to keep your goals in front of you. You can do this through a journal that you review daily. This way you are constantly reminded of your goals.

Finally, it is important to review your goals periodically, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annually and annually.

The secret to my success is that I pray to God before I set my goals and I ask Him to help me achieve them.
My takeaway: Set SMART goals. Have it somewhere in-my-face that I can't ignore. Review periodically.

But it's not always as simple as that as Modupe shares.

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Modupe Ehirim
I haven't always set goals. I didn't even know that I should.

I grew up having external goals and deadlines - school and work schedules, parental guidelines.

I lived from day to day addressing issues as they arise. Then I started a business and meandered for some time wondering why my business wasn't doing well.

With time I realized that it was because I embarked on a journey without deciding my destination and making a plan to get there.

My remedy? I got myself a coach. 2017 is the first year I'm intentionally planning for.

It's a path I've not traveled before. It's unfamiliar. But I'm staying with the process.
My takeaway: Get real with yourself. Get a coach/mentor.

My two cents would be


Run your race.

Realize that you've got nothing to prove to anyone but yourself.

As the year progresses, you will see others doing victory dances, celebrating milestones you only dream of and you may be tempted to compare yourself with them and get worried that you are not achieving as much.

That would be counter-productive.

You have to realize that your goals are unique to you. Besides, you don't know what their journey is all about. For all you care, they could have been on that project for much longer and you didn't know of it.

The time wasted in comparing your work with another's can never be regained. " - Ruth Zubairu

It's one thing to celebrate the success of others and it's another to compare yourself with them. The success of others shouldn't impact negatively on your own work. Be diligent in putting your energy to use on your visions and dreams. Sooner or later, you will also be celebrated.

It's all up to you. You can make this year your best year yet. And the best part is, getting an accountability partner! Want to know more? Just holla. *winks*