Setting Measurable Goals for Success

13 Aug '15

Measurable goals are important for people to have. A measurable goal should be a simple and attainable objective in one’s day. For example, if you work in a warehouse, a measurable goal may be to palletize the entirety of Monday’s order. Or if you work in an office, it could be to smile and greet everyone that you see that day. Daily-goals are job specific. Your daily-goals may look a lot different from another person’s. Simplicity if key, especially at the beginning. If you find it difficult to set or achieve goals for yourself, start with very simple and attainable tasks for you. The point is to begin making goals to instil the habit within yourself.

 Setting goals can benefit anyone in any job or in life in general. Having a measurable goal will give you direction and purpose. When these goals are achieved, there is a sense of gratification for a completed task. Once you make it a habit to set daily goals, you may begin creating more than 1 a day, even though sticking with a singular goal is sufficient. Goals are not only job-specific, but people-specific as well. If you are the type of person that can only make 1 goal a day (no matter how simple) don’t judge yourself. Continue to set goals that will push you to your limits and beyond. you will absolutely see an improvement within yourself and your employer and co-workers will notice as well. Maybe, in time, one could start creating weekly goals and then monthly and so on. A great monthly goal would be to be Employee of the Month. A great yearly goal would be to receive a considerable raise or promotion.

Goals do not necessarily need to have a tangible result. An abstract goal is just as effective. For example:

Communication – My goal for today is to maintain open communication with my employer and co-workers and ask any questions if I am unsure.”

Positive Attitude – My goal for today is to maintain a positive attitude no matter what happens. I cannot control the day’s events, but I can control how I react to them.”

Money is an important aspect of any job. For most, it is the biggest reason why we do our job. But, once personal goals are set and achieved on a continual basis – Money, although remaining important, will soon become a by-product of the goals that you are setting and for a job well-done. Employers notice when employees have a drive to complete tasks. When goals are scarce, one drifts and floats through life and the work-day.

On the other hand, if you are a commission-based employee, or you rely on selling a product to make money – It is not a bad thing to make money your goal.

“My goal for today is to make 10 sales.”

Or

“My goal for today is to beat last year’s numbers by 10%”

Once again, it will be job-specific for you, so don’t be afraid to be creative!

Goals, whether abstract, tangible, or money-oriented will change the way you work. When one has a direction,  purpose and drive, success can be achieved. No matter how small or large the task. If you are a boat, your goal is the sail and the rudder. Without measurable goals, one merely drifts on the open sea. Blown about in whichever way the wind decides to go.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

-Napoleon Hill