Goal Diggers: Unearth Your Values for Goal Success

First in a series on goals and values, this article explores how linking our goals to our values can have a profound effect on our success.

As we move past the first quarter of the year, some of my clients (and frankly, me also) are wondering what happened to this year so far and having a peek back at the goals we set at the beginning of the year. If your peek back shows little progress toward your goals – maybe you need to consider whether these goals are really meaningful for you.

Most of us have a hard time sticking to goals because they don’t seem to have a wider relevance or broader application. They don’t help the world at large. Our personal and business goals seem selfish or small and not rooted in anything of significance.

As we struggle with keeping ourselves inspired, we could think about how achieving our goals will help and serve others.

People and businesses become more committed to their goals if they have a positive impact on other people’s lives.

So we can ask ourselves how our success, and our company’s success, can make a positive contribution to the world.  We can also check in and see if our goals align with our Values.

How to Create Goals That Align with Your Values

First, think about what you value the most. What do you stand for? What is important to you? What are you passionate about?

Once you clarify these values, it will be easier to create goals that align with who you are as a person – and stick to them.

For example, let’s say you want to increase the number of coaching clients you have by the end of the year. Simply stating “Boost coaching clients by 100%” is hardly inspiring.

But if you attach this goal to something important to you and create an action plan to achieve it, you are much more likely to be successful. “Boost coaching clients by 100%, helping people find direction and well-being in their lives after career burnout.”

Get Clear on Your Personal Values

Work through these questions:

  1. Brainstorm your personal values. What would you change in the world if you could? List up to 10-15 values.
  2. Choose 3 values that are most important to you.
  3. Figure out how those values are related to your overall business goals.
  4. Re-imagine your business goals with these values incorporated into them.

If you want a done for you guide, you can download my Defining your Core Values in 6 Steps here at no cost.

Goals + Values = Vision

When you add values to your goals, this contributes to your overall vision for the different areas of your life. Having a vision for your life is what keeps you motivated, focused, and on your path.

What Values are Hindering Your Goals? 

On the flipside, we value many things that can impede goal-setting and achievement. These values are unconscious and for the most part, hidden from us. They aren’t explicitly stated in our goals, but they influence us in many ways.

Do any of these resonate with you?
  • I value approval.
  • I value being perfect.
  • I value sacrifice and hard work.
  • I value leisure.

It is hard to see these things operating in your life, let alone phase them out. Or, you may see them and not recognise their negative influence. But it’s worth taking the time for self-examination and reflection to uncover whether or not these underlying values are helping or hindering your goals.

Annual Review of Your Goals and Vision

Over the years our goals, values, and vision can evolve. It’s important to incorporate room for flexibility and growth into our value-based goals. That’s why it’s essential to periodically set aside time to review them.

Static goals do not promote growth. Just because you’ve dedicated time developing goals, doesn’t mean that they will remain the same until they are completed. Don’t be afraid to question them and shake things up.

If you’ve never completed an exercise to determine your Values – I really recommend it.  These are the things I lean on when I have to make those tough decisions.  Which option aligns most with my values?

Don’t forget the no cost Defining your Core Values e-book you can get here along with my mostly irregular monthly newsletter :-)…

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Written by Michelle McFadyen

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