3 Tips for Setting Personal

Goals as a Busy Leader

So often, busy leaders are extraordinary at setting goals for their careers and organizations – but fall short when it comes to setting goals for themselves personally.

This leads to lives that are driven by business – rather than values – but leaders are more than their professional lives.

Just as your business would fail if you only focused on your hobbies, your personal life will suffer if you put all your effort just into the organization alone.

It’s time to set goals for not only your business, but for yourself personally, holistically. It’s time to focus on what truly matters to you.

Here are three steps to help start prioritizing goals for yourself.

1. Know Yourself

One of the biggest aspects of goal setting is simply knowing yourself and where you want to go – but, admittedly, this may be more difficult than it sounds.

But you can’t possibly make yourself better through goal setting – personally or professionally – without having some idea of who you are, what you truly want, and the why behind all of it.

Why?

Because you’re more than your business – you have hobbies, personal interests, family commitments, and more. Taking some time to make personal goals can increase your work-life integration.

So working through these details will help you make more sound, reasonable goals that truly represent what you want.

Why?

Because you’re more than your business – you have hobbies, personal interests, family commitments, and more. Taking some time to make personal goals can increase your work-life integration.

So working through these details will help you make more sound, reasonable goals that truly represent what you want.

Ask Yourself…

  • What is important to you? 
  • What defines you as an individual?
  • What is the ideal outcome if you see your goals through?

2. Advocate For Yourself.

You matter – and choosing to make yourself a better person is an absolutely worthy cause. It's not selfish to want things for you – and those goals and dreams deserve to be committed to paper and said aloud.

You can still pour into others and your business as you pour into yourself personally – it isn’t an either/or situation.

Ask Yourself…

  • What do you have to lose if you don’t advocate for yourself?
  • What do you stand to gain if you do?
  • Are you prepared to say ‘no’ or maintain boundaries to allow margin to focus on yourself?

3. Make Goals Short & Sweet

One of the worst things you can do when goal setting is to shoot too high and too far.

Take it easy, especially when starting out.

Consider possibly just making one or two goals in each area of your life – and make sure your goals are attainable. And just like setting professional goals, don’t expect to accomplish everything at once – not well, anyway.

You want them to be specific, measurable, written down, achievable and with a time limit. These are the keys to good goal setting.

Ask Yourself…

  • What are your 5-10 goals for this year?
  • Are they measurable and can they be given a deadline? 
  • Are these truly your goals – or have they been pushed on you by others – a parent, a spouse, or someone else who might have misjudged your desires? 
  • How – or who – can hold you accountable?

Are you ready to be a goal-getter? It’s time to reignite your big dreams and goals – you know, all the reasons you became a leader in the first place.