The following terms and corresponding definitions are meant to
bring clarity and understanding of the terms used in goal-setting
and personal strategic planning.
Action Plans: Plans containing "must do’s"
actions that will result in achieving one or more goals.
Affirmation: A positively worded phrase that supports a
goal. Affirmations work best when couched in language that is Personal,
Present Tense and Positive (3P’s).
Alignment: Unity when everyone is working together harmoniously
as a unit toward the same objective or purpose.
Backward Planning: A strategy in which you visualize your
goal as achieved and work backwards to where you are now to determine
the steps you would have to have taken to achieve your goal.
Benchmark: A reference from which measurements may be made.
Benchmarking: The process of comparing performance results
or processing methodologies with third-party benchmarks and then
take actions to achieve or implement systems similar to or better
than those of the third party.
BHAG: An acronym for Big Hairy Audacious Goals.
Brainstorming: A problem solving technique that involves
the spontaneous contribution of ideas. The primary purpose of brainstorming
is to generate ideas, not evaluate them.
Buy In: A state of mind that occurs when an individual
or group understands and commits to a common goal or action plan.
Cause and Effect: Thoughts are causes and conditions or
outcomes are the effect. There is always a relationship directly
between the effort you make and the end result.
Comfort Zone: A mental state that one arrives at and stops
growing for numerous reasons, most likely because of fear.
Contingency Plan: Contingency means something that is likely
but not certain to happen. Every plan deals with what you expect
to happen. But no matter how well you plan, the unexpected can and
often does take place. Contingency plans are plan "B".
Everything Counts: Everything Counts is a philosophy for
living. Its meaning is simple, yet powerful: Every thought, decision,
and action either moves you closer to or further from your goals.
Goal: The three key elements of a goal are:
A specific accomplishment to be achieved
A measurable outcome
A specific date and time to accomplish the
Therefore, a goal is a specific, measurable accomplishment to
be achieved within a specific time frame.
Goals Coach: A competent, qualified individual who mentors,
instructs, manages, and encourages individuals or firms in a professional
manner towards establishing and achieving their goals.
Goals Journal: A written journal, which contains a summary
of all your goals.
Inertia: A property of matter by which it remains at rest
or in uniform motion unless acted upon by an outside force.
Intermittent Reinforcement: When you receive some type
of reward just often enough to keep you on the right track.
Introspection: The art of looking inward to better understand
yourself and to capture your true feelings.
Linkage: The connection of missions, visions, values, philosophies,
goals and action plans.
Mastermind: A technique where people provide advice or
council in the selection of and pursuit of goals.
Mission Statement: A mission statement interprets "reason
for being;" it enables you to clarify your purpose for yourself
and others who are interested. A mission statement is a declaration
of who you are, why you exist, and what you intend to accomplish.
In business the organizational mission answers the big question:
"What is our business?" In personal planning, the question
is "What is my life’s business?" In both cases,
the answer must define the reason for being.
Momentum: A principle in physics that represents the mass
of a body times its velocity. Momentum is gained in the goal achievement
process by developing a plan where you always know what to do next.
Motivate: To inspire action.
Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
Murphy has an uncanny way of making surprise visits.
Performance Standards: Performance standards indicate the
level of results expected for each goal. Standards of performance
serve two primary purposes:
They indicate progress made toward the goal.
They determine when the goal has been achieved.
Personal Board of Directors: A group of individuals who
provide advice and serve as a sounding board for the evaluation
of strategies, tactics and operational matters.
Philosophy Statement: A developed statement, which expounds
guiding ideologies with regards to ethics, quality standards, values
Plan: A method for achieving a goal
Process: A collection of activities structured to produce
a particular output.
Quantifiable: Something that can be measured or counted.
Scheduling: Setting a timetable as to when things will
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: A visualization where you've
pretty much concluded what's going to happen and hence increase
the probability of it occurring.
Status Quo: Refers to things, as they are – the existing
condition or state of affairs. If things stay the same or nothing
changes, one is said to be maintaining the status quo.
Strategy: A plan used to reach a goal.
Synergy: When one and one equals more than two. It’s
when the end result equals more than the sum of the parts.
SWOT Analysis: The SWOT analysis is perhaps the best tool
you will find for immediate and effective analysis of a given situation.
SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
Vision: A vision is a way of seeing or conceiving what
you want to create or achieve in advance. The single most important
thing to have before you do any planning is a vision.
Visualization: The format of visual images in our minds
for the purpose of creating a mental blueprint you can work towards
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