In my last post I talked about new years resolutions and how that subject lead me to setting business goals for myself. With all of the contemplating I was doing with my business goals I decided I wanted to implement the same strategies into my personal life and set some goals for myself as well. As I sat down to write out these personal goals I really started to wrestle with the word GOAL. The goals that I was setting for myself didn’t really feel like goals so much, but more like lifestyle changes or things that I wanted to start incorporating into my daily life in order to grow as a person.
The problem with the word goal, in my opinion, is that goals have an endpoint, they have a due date if you will and that endpoint becomes the subject that we focus on. Don’t get me wrong, goals are great for setting direction for your life but I believe its more about the actions we take to achieve our goals that are important. When we set a goal we create small habits throughout our day to help achieve that goal. This is called an outcome based habit, a habit that we create purely based on the outcome we want to achieve. Once we reach our goal those habits usually fall by the wayside because we were focusing only on the endpoint of the goal.
I'm a little late to the game with today's topic, but better late than never! Being a deep thinker and needing time to reflect means better and more thorough information!!! So, lets get to it, today I want to talk about a question that I've been asked at the salon for many years. This year I was surprised because only one of my clients asked me this question. Usually it’s a hot topic in the month of January and I'm sure you've heard it as well, actually I'm sure you've asked yourself this question. The question is, do you set new years resolutions, if so what are your resolutions? It took me a minute to respond because I was trying to remember if I had even thought about setting a resolution this year. I realized I hadn't thought about it until that moment so I gave my typical response. "No" I said, "I'm not the type of person that normally sets a resolution. I set goals throughout the year and I revise those goals as needed."
We went on to discuss his resolutions or goals for the year and the conversation drifted into a new subject. However, that wasn’t the end of the discussion in my head. Later that night when I was at home settling into bed I thought about my response and realized it was a bullshit answer, the same answer I have been giving people for many years. I gave him an answer that projected I was spending time developing strategies for improvement, tracking and measuring goals, and adjusting those strategies and goals as the year progressed. I wanted to sound like I was a professional business women that had everything planned out. When the reality is I've been avoiding setting and tracking goals for years .Well I sort of set goals in my own way, I just make lists of things I want to do in my head. At least I had the thought and I might actually do it so that’s a goal…right? Here's an example of what this kind 'goal setting' looks like.
Hi, I'm Jolene, I started my career in the hair industry over 12 years ago. I have learned a lot along the way, not just about being a hairstylist but about life. I'll keep you up to date on the latest hair color and cut trends of the season, educate you on all different kinds of hair products, styling tools, and everything life!