How To Set and Achieve Goals #Infographic

How To Set and Achieve Your Goals #Infographic

We’re headed into the home stretch before Christmas, and I’m not ready for it to be the weekend before Santa comes. Are you ready? This has been been an extra busy month with Christmas preparations, Taylor’s birthday to plan and my niece’s wedding to attend, all while contractors still hammer away in our new home. Some days it’s overwhelming, but at the same time, I am so grateful for everything too. The busyness of life can make it very easy to forget our blessings, and as we prepare to celebrate birthdays, weddings and a new home, it is absolutely worth it.

The Holidays understandably consume much of our time and energy this month, but 2016 is just two weeks away. And while I firmly believe you don’t have to your goals ready by January 1st, you should start thinking about what you want to accomplish next year. To help, I shared some tips to help you achieve your personal goals in 2016 on Monday, and I also found this great infographic from Workboard on setting team goals. Whether you are an employee or a business owner, you likely have a team goals that you need to achieve.

How To Set and Achieve Goals

To keep some perspective: your personal goals help create the life you want for yourself and your family. Your team or work goals (whether you are a team of 100+ or 1) create your livelihood and the means to fund those personal goals. The goals may be very different from each other but both matter.

How To Set and Achieve Goals #Infographic

I was surprised to learn that 70% of strategic goals were not achieved, although the reasons behind their failure did not surprise me. I would encourage team leaders, in particular, to keep team goals front and center, and most importantly, constantly remind your team why the goals matter. My team plays an integral role in helping me define our yearly goals and their individual goals. We review our progress regularly, so there are no surprises, for them or me. My team always knows how we’re performing against our goals and how goal achievement will benefit them personally.

What surprised you the most? What has been your experiences with team goals? What has worked and what has not?

Have a great weekend, everyone!


December 18, 2015  •  12 Comments  •  infographic

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  1. Friday, December 18th, 2015
    I think it's important when trying to achieve team goals to give the "why" behind the goal. Often leaders don't share the why and teams don't buy in because they have no idea why they are trying to meet the goal. For a team to be successful you need everyone's commitment, and buy in and not sharing the details will not get you very far.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, December 20th, 2015
      I agree wholeheartedly, Brian. As a leader, I know that getting my team's buy-in and support is critical to achieving goal success. I can't do it by myself. At the same time, if they don't understand what the goals are, why the matter to our team and to themselves at a personal level, it's much, much harder to motivate them.
  2. Friday, December 18th, 2015
    Setting goals is so important! I do make the mistake of not checking in with my yearly goals enough though. I will have to work on that in 2016!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, December 20th, 2015
      Goal-setting is definitely important and it is easy to forget to check-in, especially when you're doing as well as you are, Michelle. :)
  3. Saturday, December 19th, 2015
    Nice inforgraphic, Shannon. I am definitely gonna make my goals for next year. This time, SMART goals.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, December 20th, 2015
      Thanks, Diana. SMART goals are always good to set. Good luck!
  4. Monday, December 21st, 2015
    Interesting infographic. It's surprising how easy it is to forget to set goals, even though I know how important it is. Even as a mom, I need to think through what I'm trying to teach my kids and how to get there. And I mean more social and moral development than academic at this time.
  5. Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
    Great infographic! I can't wait to set my new goals for next year. For me it's going to be a rebuilding year financially, so I'm laying pretty low. I think one thing for me in setting goals is really figuring out the why in why I want to achieve something, and really visualize how it will make me feel if I do.
  6. Thursday, December 31st, 2015
    In 2016 I'm making the commitment to set one big goal rather than a collection of little ones. I'm hoping it will mean that I'll either achieve that big goal or at least come very close to it.

    Too many goals can be distracting and throw your priorities out of whack. Wasting time and energy.

    Plus, with one big goal, the 'why' is easier to share, too.
  7. Saturday, January 9th, 2016
    Nice infographic, Shannon. I think I have to weigh the cost during planning if the goal is worth pursuing. And, this year I would have SMART goals. This is my first time and I hope that I can achieve more goals this year. So excited to start.
  8. Sunday, May 21st, 2017
    Before setting a goal, it is necessary to have complete knowledge and guide the team about the goal. Pretty glad to read your tips for becoming successful by setting goals and then struggle to achieve them. Thumbs up for your outstanding infograph.
  9. Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
    Does anyone have any recommendations on how where you can create and share infographics?
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