Since your now reviewing your goals on a regular basis, the next step is to actually complete them and close them out. Completing them at this point is simple, its a matter of keeping to the measure you set for that goal and since you’ve kept it up to date and accurate, the measure should be simple. Its as simple as have you reached the goal yet? Yes or no. If not, then your still working towards it and really still in the tracking and monitoring step. If you have reached your goal, hurray! Celebrate! Take note of what you’ve accomplished and keep your record of this goal with the rest of goal tracking you do. Its a great motivator to be able to review the goal success and achievement from completed goals.
Enhance Your Goals
It may not need to be a specific new goal to set, but it certainly can be, and that is to keep your goal active by enhancing it. This might mean doing some measure again or changing the goal a bit to continue to build on what you’ve already accomplished. Perhaps this is simple to keep whatever you accomplished going and not simply loose it now that you reached that point. If this is a behavior goal (and it really should be) then making it a habit and keeping that accomplishment active is very important. Great goals should accomplish more than just a single event or measuring point and root some kind of change, its just important to ensure that change lives on after the goal as well.
Help Someone Else Achieve a Similar Goal
A fantastic way to keep the result of your goal alive is to help someone else accomplish a similar goal. This might be by encouraging them, being a resource to help teach them, give them advice or perhaps mentoring them in similar goal setting steps. All these things can be very rewarding and helpful for you not to forget your goal or changed behavior as well as being able to help someone else achieve their goals.
I believe that goals are only accomplished by truly driven individuals and practicing goals instead of bragging about them is a lot more valuable and less egocentric. Modesty is important if you want to influence others and convince them of how you feel or what you could help with for similar accomplishments. Tell your story of your goals, but make sure it includes the struggle and story of how you felt while working on them. Your doubts, your beliefs that backed them and even the hard work to achieve it. If you had to extend the goal or change it to make it easier, share that with people you tell, its the best way for them to empathize with the goal setting process and realize its not simple. Its hard work, worthwhile if you believe in it and it can definitely make a difference in your life.
Learn From This Goal
Its wise to review the process you used to complete this goal and consider all the areas that really helped or hindered you to keep making progress. Did you have to adjust your goal often? Why? Take a critical look at where things went well and need to be improved as part of your goal setting process. This is just a starting point, but you do need to explore your process to ensure you have success completing others goals and more in the future. Have you learned anything from your goal that is a new belief you never had? How can that be used to feed progress with your other goals? Make some notes for each goal you complete and review them to continue to improve your process.
Next Step after Completing a Goal
So, now that your goal is off your list you’ve got a couple options. Focus more on your other goals to achieve them as well or look at setting a new goal in that category. Go though the process of identifying goals again and tackle the next area you have a strong belief and desire to change behavior. Add some initial tasks for that goal and ensure you continue to work on others at the same time.
So, I hope you can seriously put some effort into your own goals and that you can make good use of this series. I hope that this is helpful to you as I know this process has been very helpful to me. Please, feel free to ask any questions or comments, I would love to continue to help you accomplish your goals!
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