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What’s On My Mind: Goal Setting for 2022
Happy New Year!
Last week, we talked about giving yourself an annual review. This week, let’s talk about setting goals. It’s appropriate for the time of year – as so many people love to say, new year, new year. So, how do we set a goal effectively?
The short answer is the 6Ws, the timeless framework. A goal or New Year’s resolution without any details really is just a wish, and wishes have a tendency to not come true in the real world. Let’s do two examples, one personal and one professional.
First, personal. Let’s say I want to run a 10K this year. I’ll break this down by the 6Ws.
- Why? Why am I doing this? For my health? A sense of accomplishment? Boredom in the pandemic? Why is this a goal I’ve set? For me, I want to run a 10K simply to prove to myself that I can. I’ve been running since relatively early in the pandemic as a hobby, and I’ve come to enjoy it. I did a 5K in 2021, which was a milestone achievement for me, and I want to extend that.
- What? What am I going to do to make this happen? I need to run consistently and with a training program.
- How? This is where most goals fall apart. There’s no plan in place to make them happen, no tactical nitty-gritty. For me, I have a mileage and training plan to reach that point; I’m currently able to run about 8K consistently so now it’s closing the gap. I need to add some shorter conditioning runs and make a couple of dietary changes as well.
- When? When is this goal due? I aim to have run a 10K by April, 2022.
- Where? Where will I achieve my goal? Are there specific places I need to be? For me, of course, it’s either a treadmill or the open roads near my house.
- Who? Who will hold me accountable to my goal? Goals are easier to achieve and harder to ignore if there’s someone else watching over us.
The 6W structure helps us bring our goal to life and understand where we have clarity about achieving our goal and where we need additional help. Let’s take a look at something professional. Suppose I want to learn Adobe Premiere better.
- Why? Why is this goal important? I want to produce better, more professional videos and the tools I have now are too constraining to let my ideas come to life.
- What? I specifically want to learn Adobe Premiere and After Effects for making more professional marketing videos. I’ve watched a ton of video on YouTube by many different creators and seen things I want to replicate – but I can’t with my current tools and knowledge.
- How? For me, I have a list of the things I want to be able to replicate, and I consume lessons on YouTube from various Premiere experts to see the different approaches for achieving the ideal outcome. If I need it, there are also plenty of professional communities I can join that will let me connect with peers to see how they’re doing and creating.
- When? I’m rolling out a new show Very Soon™, probably within a week or two, but this is ongoing. I’d like to get my workflow nailed down by the end of January.
- Where? I’ll be practicing shooting footage in different locations in and around my home. Online, I’ll be publishing on YouTube.
- Who? You! I’ll be looking to you to give me feedback, to tell me whether I’m improving whether I’m creating more value for you or not.
As you think about your goals, personal and professional, for the new year, consider examining them through the 6W lens to find gaps that could set you back.
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ICYMI: In Case You Missed it
If I had to suggest only one of these articles to read from this week, it would be the latest entries in our 12 Days of Data 2021 edition. I put this series together every year and it’s always an eye-opening delight to see the year in review from a data perspective. Let’s get caught up!
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 1: Instagram for Brands
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 2: Instagram for Influencers
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 3: Instagram Media Types
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 4: Tiktok Trending Videos
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 5: TikTok Marketing Topic Deep Dive
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 6: SEO Page Decay Statistics
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 7: Press Release Statistics
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 8: Press Release (Over)used Words
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 9: 2022 Marketing Campaign Forecast
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 10: Top News and Web Content
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 11: Content Republishing
- 12 Days of Data 2021, Day 12: Slack and Discord
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