The 5 G’s for Goal Setting

The purpose of a mentor relationship is to achieve an outcome and there are 4 key steps to facilitate a rich relationship.

The 4 steps to facilitate a rich relationship -

1. Motivation

2. Goal setting

3. Progress

4. Feedback

The second step, goal setting, is rarely done well but it is key that in a mentor relationship, the mentee writes down their top 3 goals. This ensures that both the mentor and mentee think about key outcomes upfront and throughout their relationship.

Here are the 5 G’s for goal setting to make sure this important step is done well!

The 5 G's for Goal setting -

1. Goal Categories

2. Goal Balance

3. Goal Priorities

4. Goal Writing

5. Goal Timing

 

1. Goal Categories

There are 3 types of goal - technical, career, personal. Technical goals - the focus is on technical competency development with your current job; Career goals - the focus is on long term career guidance and development; and Personal goals - the focus is on keeping family, friendship or fun front of mind.

 2. Goal Balance

Always try to find a balance when setting goals. You should have 1 goal for each of the 3 categories.

3. Goal Priorities

If you want to achieve a goal, focus only on 3 at the one time. You may have a long list of desires but you need to decide on the 3 most important things that you want to achieve.

 4. Goal Writing

By writing your goals down, you are giving them a sense of importance. When you write your goals state "I will … so that …."  This will bring into focus the outcome instead of a task.

 5. Goal Timing

Don't make "forever" goals. Your goals must be stated with a time frame in mind. This puts a sense of urgency into your goals. To make goals realistic the timing should be 3 months, 6 months or 12 months.

 

The 5 G's for Goal Setting WORK.  Use them and achieve your goals. Live your dreams and succeed.

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