New unpredictable situations are forcing us to make choices. We have to set goals and to decide about the relevant steps to reach these goals. Change will ask us permanently to be changed! Our plan is to reach the next goal and the next in a most efficient way.
(6) Reaching Your Goals
- Know and define the problem (as-is state)
- Know and define the goal (target state)
- List uncertainties (what can go wrong)
- Brainstorm ways to get to the target state – array the options
- Check the linked consequences properly
- Note the most relevant steps to reach the goal and set those up to a process
- Follow your steps to reach the expected goal
Be sure that we choose a goal to reach our expectations – as a result.
Our goal can be related to a direct profit (do the maths!) or it can be related to feeling better afterwards. If you include emotions to your goal setting you might think of not reaching the happiness level you expect to reach. We choose either by our memories of the past (gut feeling) and by expectations for the future – both governs our choices, always.
Choices are based upon expected utility. (Read “The Paradox Of Choice”)
This Sunday I was reading an article about Bill Gates (title: “Superman”) in our Newspaper. Currently he is looking for a new chairman and his original biz Microsoft invested in Nokia. There is change due to outstanding decisions. The whole world now is watching this process.
But something else was mentioned: he set an interesting goal! He and his wife decided that their Foundation will give away all the $$$$$$$ (down to zero!) to charity projects exactly 20 years after both have died. Note that the legendary investor Warren Buffett will give most of his wealth step by step to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That means the Foundation will receive a strict plan to follow their 20 year goal reaching. And in the end the Foundation won´t exist anymore – if I understood right. That´s a strong last will.
BE A DECISION MAKER. BECOME OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –