I have been here before. Year after year and as I think about my list of hopes and dreams, I can’t help but notice that many of them have remained stuck on my list for at least a couple of consecutive years.
I am determined that this is the year I become unstuck. That the goals I am able to set so readily are turned into reality.
Thoughts become goals.
Goals lead to actions.
Actions lead to results.
As a parent of child who is deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) I am good at setting goals, really specific goals. After all, there’s that IEP meeting to get ready for every spring.
But goals without an action plan often just remain frozen as dreams. So how to put the goals that we have for our children into action?
Well, like my dad always says, “You need to ask the second question.”
So, with that in mind I look at one of the goals that I have for my son this year.
- Have three new social experiences.
And I ask myself the second question (and possibly the third and fourth questions as well).
- How many social experiences?
- Are they group or individual experiences?
- Are they public experiences like at a sporting event or a concert, or are they more personal like having two friends over at a time for a play date?
Asking myself these questions about the goal I have for my son helps me think about what I meant when I wrote the words on paper. This is where the meat gets added to the bones of my thoughts.
The fancy business phrase for this is “operationalizing your strategy”, but I prefer to think about it as “actionizing”.
The more actionizing I do, the stronger my plan becomes and the greater the likelihood that my son and I will be able to cross off the goals and move onto new ones.