DuringÂ the last few weeks I’ve given you guidelines for writing effectiveÂ goals that you can work towards and achieve. To review, to be effective goals must be measurable, realistic, meaningful, and for YOU! Read earlier posts for a discussion and examples of each of these characteristics of effective goals.
Today I’m going to put it all together for you byÂ making an effictiveÂ goal for myself. The stepsÂ to making an effective goal are:
1. Write it down! This makes the goal real, and makes you accountable for working toward it. You can also share your goal with others, as I am; share it with people who will encourage you to reachÂ your goal. You can write your goal in your calendar, a notebook devoted to your goals, or on a sticky note. Writing down your goal makes you much more likely to reach it.
I’ll be writing my goal down in my blog and newsletter.Â
2. Document your results.Â You can document your results by putting a star on the calendar each day you exercise,Â making a list of healthy recipes you try, or creating a graph on which you document bills that you pay off. I’ll document my results by reporting them on the blog and in the newsletter.
3. Make intermediate goals. If you have a large goal, or a long-term one, like losing 25 lbs. orÂ paying off a big bill, you need smaller goals (like losing 5Â lbs by a certain date, or payingÂ off a certain amount of the bill in 3 months)Â to keep you on track. You’ll see my intermediate steps below.
4. Evaluate your goals. Evaluate each of your goals periodically. If you’ve met a one-time goal (like losing 15 lbs), or your goal has become a habit (15 minutes of Bible Study every day is now a natural part of your day), CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve achieved your goal!
If you have not met your goal, figure out why.Â If circumstances beyond your control kept you from meeting it–illness, for example, keeping you from working out–keep the same goal for another month.
If you put your best effort toward the goal and still were not able to reach it, perhaps the goal wasÂ unrealistic. Don’t give up! Adjust your goal and try again.
It’s OK to revise, change, or even drop your goals. They’re not set in stone, they’re a stepping stone to what and where and who you want to be.
My goal is to sell 250 copies of What Should I Say? The Right (and Wrong!) Words for Life’s Tricky, Sticky, Uncomfortable Situations, by July 11, 2007.
(all copies will be shipped on or about July 16, 2007)
Let’s see if I’ve followed the guidelines for writing an effective goal.
Is it measurable? YES!
Is it realistic? Since I’ve never marketed a book in this way before, I dont know if it is realistic. However, with the plan I have, I believe it is.
Is it meaningful? Very much so! Selling 250 copies by July 11th will allow me to get the book into the hands of people who will hopefully like the information it contains, and spread the good word! I’ll also be able to pay some bills and order more books to sell.
Is the goal for ME? YES! (Well, reaching it will make my bankers happy, too . . . )
I’m following the steps to making an effective goal by writing it down here, as I will in the newsletter. I will document my results weekly. Intermediate goals are the smaller goals that will enable me to reach the overall goal, and they include:
1. Great deals for readers:
Until July 11th, What Should I Say? will sell for the special price of only $12–that’s 20% off the after-publication price!
The first 10 orders, beginning at 12:01 AM June 5th, will receive an refrigerator magnet featuring “10 Things to Say When You don’t know what to Say”, from What Should I Say?
Every 25 orders will recieve a FREE copy of Home is Where the Mom Is; A Christian Mom’s Guide to Caring for Herself, Her Family, and Her Home.
The 100th and 200th orders will receive a FREE copy of Home is Where the Mom Is, and a t-shirt and mug featuring Home is Where the Mom Is.Â
The 250th order will receive a t-shirt, mug, and FREE copies of BOTH What Should I Say? and Home is Where the Mom Is.
10 random orders will include a FREE Home is Where the Mom Is mug.
FREE shipping and handling on ALL orders of ANY book or combination of books from Shelmar Publications (all orders including What Should I Say? will be shipped on or about July 16)
To order, click on the “Buy Now” button onÂ the What Should I Say?Â page of the Shelmar Publications website, or the page of any book you wish to purchase. When your order is processed, you will automatically receive the promotional pre-publication price for What Should I Say? and FREE Shipping and Handling.
2. Publicity. I will publicize What Should I Say? in at least 15 blogs and/or websites each week during this promotion.
3. Postcards. I will send out at least 250 postcards featuring What Should I Say? during this promotion.
4. Reader help. Every reader will send a link to the blog or Shelmar Publications website, or forward the newsletter, to at least three people. WAIT! One of the guidelines for an effective goal is that it must be for the person writing the goal–the above goal is for readers. I’ll change it to make it for ME–I will ask each reader to send a link to the blog or Shelmar Publications website, or forward the newsletter, to at least three people. Readers, will you please help me by doing this?
My ultimate goal in writing What Should I Say? is to spare people who are hurting, from being hurt even more by people who inadvertently say the wrong thing. I hope that every person who reads What Should I Say? will pass on encouraging words, and comforting words, and make someone’s day a little brighter, or at least ease a tiny bit of pain someone may be going through in the midst of a crisis. You can be a part of this!Â
I will evaluate my goals, and progress toward them, weekly or more often, and adjust my intermediate goals accordingly.
There you have it! I hope this (long!) post has pulled together all the information I’ve given you about making goals you can achieve! And I hope this will inspire you to set your own goals, and work toward them. I want YOU to have the satisfaction of reaching your goals and making your dreams come true!