One of the most critical skills in life is the ability to set goals. This skill is absolutely paramount in both higher education as well as in the business world. Real professionals must be able to determine and prioritize objectives and find an efficient way to achieve an optimal result. Sadly, few people have this skill in their tool shed by default, thankfully it can be learned. With enough time and a few simple goal setting games, just about anyone can improve their ability to set a goal, find a plan and achieve optimal results. While there are a great myriad of games out there, and many more that have yet to be created, we have found three proven games.
1) Interview a better version of yourself.
If you have ever felt stuck in your current situation, it can be easy to give up and lose hope. Depression can set in and your work can suffer from it, but this doesn't have to be the case. In this game have two people conduct a mock interview, one person as themselves, the other as a business tycoon of a powerful company. While interview for this fictional position, consider where you can make improvements in your resume and skill set. Once you have established this, create goals and an action plan to achieve them. Now conduct a second round of interviews as if the goals have already been accomplished. After this second round, both participants can get an idea of the surge in confidence they'll receive and become motivated to achieve their goals.
2) Goal Clouds.
Goal clouds are a great way to get people to realize that not everything can happen over night. The biggest goals out there take time, and many smaller steps, which can often frustrate those on the path. In this game a player writes a lofty goal on a board or piece of paper. The other members of the group suggest the steps that it will take to achieve this goal. Ideally creating 10-20 smaller goals towards achieve the lofty goal can show a player the steps, and give them a good place to get started. It can be easy to get frustrated by a seeming lack of progress, but with several check points you can see your forward progress and stay motivated on the path.
3) Use the materials on hand.
One of the most prevalent excuses towards goal setting is a lack of resources. In this exercise assign players a goal, as well as random object that they must complete the goal with. The goals can range from the serious to the outlandish, the point is to get people thinking outside of the box. People will soon associate that a lack of resources does not have to prevent a goal. With some creativity and hard work, just about any goal can be achieved.
These three games are great place to get started on the path of goal setting. With a bit of creativity or research you can create or discover a myriad of other goal setting games. After a few weeks of games, expect to see a dramatic change in the morale of students, employees or anyone you perform these goal setting games with. Attaching yourself to these games can also help you maintain steady motivation and achieve your dreams.About the Author Greg works with MTM Recognition—leaders in creating employee engagement in a variety of sectors. He enjoys writing on growing trends in employee relations.