I'm a pretty proactive person these days; I tend to have a very results-oriented focus and I like to sieve out exactly which actions need to be taken to give those results the very best chance of becoming reality. My propensity for living a highly ambitious life has definitely gotten me into trouble in the past.
Hindsight being 20/20, I can easily point out a number of priceless learning experiences (I would have called these "failures" before) I created for myself during my time at graduate school. An example was my failing to break significant long-term goals into more manageable chunks.
You would think this sort of idea would be common sense. It didn't, for me. It struck me that it might be a useful way to approach the accomplishment of long-term, often intangible goals while I was first learning about success metrics in advertising.
Success metrics, by the way, are just a clear application of the scientific method in a business environment.
The idea that, to achieve goals, one might:
- Decide on a goal
- Define what achieving that goals means or looks like
- Hypothesize what tangible actions might be taken to get there
-Periodically revisit and refine based on actual data or feedback
I don't sit around and try to obsessively plan out the years of my life. In the words of the CAH creators regarding their Holiday Hole project:
Practically, I utilize the following visual aid for my goals:
Long-term goals get picked up from my vision for my personal and professional future. They trickle into near-term goals, which are reached through daily and ongoing tasks