Goals for Personal and Professional Growth and Development

Growing into Goals

Whether you’re an artist, entrepreneur, CEO or homemaker, goals are the best way to achieve personal and professional growth. More important than anything else you can do, setting goals and working on them daily is more critical to your success than all the books you could read in a lifetime.

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Some people have the admirable goal of reading a book a week. Some even a book a day. That’s amazing. We love books and have overstuffed bookcases ourselves. However, don’t just read. Put the reading to work for you. All the books on the shelf will not help your ultimate growth if you don’t apply the learnings through daily effort.

The best way to make personal and professional progress is to set and achieve daily goals.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Personal and Professional Growth Through Goal Setting

Recently, I set the goal to increase my content creation from one to two articles per day. For me that means writing a new article and/or editing and updating an old one, then publishing it to one of our sites. It also entails keyword research for SEO, and depending on the site and topic, may require deep dive research into published studies.

Prior to setting that goal, I was not yet 100% consistent with one article per day. There were always other things crowding in demanding my attention. But as we started focusing on goal setting through the iCreateDaily Facebook community, it was clear that the best way to make the most progress was to rev up my capacity to do more through setting and achieving goals and working them daily.

Income seldom exceeds personal development.
~Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, 1930-2009

The Day is the Way

To set the habit and rhythm of increasing my content output, in the first quarter, I set the quarterly goal of increasing content creation. The corresponding daily goal was to write and/or edit and update two articles per day.

Q1 2018 Goal

  • Quarterly Goal – Increase content creation
  • Daily Goal – Increase from writing and publishing 1 to 2 articles per day

So I met that goal and felt really good about it. Setting that goal helped me to also see where and how I could be more efficient toward achieving it. Not only did I get more done, I got more done without working harder or longer after the initial week of getting used to the habit and setting a rhythm around it.

That improvement led to me seeing how I could increase it to from two to three articles per day. So my 2nd quarter goal was to set to a new high of three articles per day.

Q2 2018 Goal

  • Quarterly Goal – Increase content creation without working more
  • Daily Goal – Increase from publishing 2 to 3 articles per day

And indeed, I met that goal about 90% of the time. So in just 6 months, I increased my productivity by almost 200%!

Progress is empowering. The more you do the more you can do.
Success is addicting. The more you do, the more you want to do.

Every moment of one’s existence, one is growing into more or retreating into less.
~Norman Mailer, American novelist, journalist, playwright, film-maker, actor, 1923-2007

Goals Become Habits, Habits Become Effortless

You see, in order to achieve a goal requires instilling a daily habit that helps you get stuff done. That habit then, becomes the driver for achievement. You can settle in for the ride without spending time and energy figuring it all out and without the daily battle with the dragon of resistance, (a la Steven Pressfield, who has an excellent article on dreams and resistance here).

Instead of daily battles with resistance, you can have daily dances doing work that matters to you. Your habits set the rhythm for stepping into success.

The work to achieve a goal requires daily habits. When your goals become habits, they tend to happen without so much effort from you. The goal shifts from being a goal to being a habit.

Daily goals become habits and habits become effortless.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Stacking Success

What we’re talking about here is stacking success. Another way of putting it is compounding. Goal setting creates habits that compound into success. These daily successes (achieving daily goals) compound into achieving your bigger goals. Achieving your bigger goals compounds into success.

The only way to arrive is one day at a time. Create Daily.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

If you’re learning to swim, that is your goal. Once you know how to swim, you might then change your goal to learning how to scuba. Scuba then is built on your automatic habit of knowing how to swim. Knowing how to swim—what once was a scary unknown—became a habit that you can do without having to think about it.

That’s what goal setting through daily actions does for you. Goals create habits that help you achieve bigger goals. Just be sure to come up for air and take an aerial view of all that you’re doing.

The 90 Day Goals Journal is set up to do this at the end of each day, on Day 7 of each week and also at the end of each month and quarter. When we’re in the trenches doing the work, we need to climb up to the lookout daily to be sure we’re on the right track, otherwise, all the work we’re doing may not be going in the right direction.

Goals are like eyesight. You need the ability to see far and close and to adjust between the two at will.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

For more on keeping the macro perspective and big picture thinking, you may enjoy this article for short term goals, or this one on setting macro and micro goals.


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