I discuss goals every day; no less than 25 conversations a day. That is the part of my mentor role that I do best with my students. I help them set their goals towards achieving their degrees.
Sometimes, if I were honest, it does get a little tiresome. Goals are such an essential aspect of life; if we do not have them, I feel humans would roam with despair. Well, at least I would.
I often have to tap into the calm side of myself when an adult student seems to be not focused on their goals. When I pick up on their lack of focus, I encourage them to revisit, discuss, and possibly reset the targets. It’s a never-ending cycle— but needed.
With the creation of this podcast I set three clear goals:
1.) Create a podcast for readers—to introduce them to authors in the Pacific Northwest they may not know.
2.) Create a podcast for writers—to help aspiring authors, like myself, learn from those who are publishing.
3.) Create a community that I love! The standard for this goal is the statement that I have declared in the last few months; one cannot wait for the community they wish to live in, they must create the community they need.
I have other goals for the podcast production that are personal. They focus on my life-long learning efforts, and they are merely for me. In reality, all these goals are for me. I am the one who is gaining the most for being fearless enough to say yes to this creative project! However, I am lucky enough to share this journey with others.
The key to goals, I have found in my mentoring role, is the need to revisit them often & accept feedback. The need to make sure that we are hitting the mark. The need to adjust the goal to ensure success quickly. And finally, the need for accountability.
~I preplanned my goals for the production; I create milestones and schedules.
~I ask for feedback often from those I interview, from test listeners, and my family.
~I review the goals weekly. I have adjusted timelines to manage the goals best.
I have set clear deadlines for each aspect of the podcast production. I have them laid out on my computer, my calendar, and production whiteboards. I keep myself accountable to my family, the authors I interview, and the listeners by meeting those deadlines.
I love goals, if I did not have them---this podcast would have never seen the light of day!
How about you, do you set goals for yourself & how do you stay accountable?