How to create a road map for your goals

Half way looking at the road mapThe first month of the year is gone! Now is a great time to review your goals. (I have blogged about goal setting here.)

As you review your goals, you may find your behind on some. Creating a road map will help jump start those goals.

To create a goals road map follow this simple 5-step process:

  1. Write out your goal

    What is it you want to accomplish? Make sure the goal is worded so that it is:

    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Action oriented
    • Results oriented
    • Time sensitive

    Remember, a goal without a deadline is only a fantasy!

  2. List out what steps have to happen

    Take the time to list out everything that needs to happen in order to accomplish the goal. Add a date by when each step needs to happen so you can reach your goal on time.

  3. List out everyone who can help with each step

    After each step, list out the strategic alliances, people, and resources that can help make it happen. Do you need a department directors help in getting a step done? List her name. Is there an association or committee that can help with the next step? Write it down. Will a class or book help? Write that down too.

  4. Brainstorm obstacles that might occur

    What could stand in your way of accomplishing your goal? Right down as many obstacles as you can think of.

    I used to think this was a bad idea. Why use imagination so negatively?

    But now I see this is realistic. Obstacles always happen when someone attempts a goal worth pursuing. Listing them out neutralizes them, helping us keep up our momentum. So get them on paper. And list out the people that can help you overcome them.

  5. Write the name of your coach or accountability person

    Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy when we’re trying something of value. Having a person outside of our organization who’ll hold us accountable for our goals is invaluable. We are less likely to make excuses to them than we are to make them to ourselves.

This process works as well for accomplishing professional goals as it does for creating solicitation strategies for top major gift prospects!

Following these steps will help make sure you can cross out your goals as "achieved"!

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About Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman is the CEO of The Concord Leadership Group, the author of Ask Without Fear! and director of The Nonprofit Academy. A coach to leaders around the world, Marc's expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as Al Jazeera and Fox News. Marc’s experience also includes pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, and teaching internet marketing and fundraising at colleges and universities. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook.
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