Setting goals is an essential task when it comes to planning. Each goal should be attainable by being broken down into need segments. Breaking down these needs will assist you in identifying your time and resources along with the actions you need to pursue and anything you need to know before proceeding with your execution.
The Framework to Success developed a new goal-setting approach called Goal “TRAK.” This goal-setting technique strategically organizes goals and sub-goals to one ultimate goal: your vision. This technique is easy to use and geared toward each goal’s needs.
TRAK is an acronym consisting of four basic needs; Time, Resources, Actions, and Knowledge. Some “needs” may not be necessary for specific goals, but they can be easily overlooked when you plan. Let’s look at each need.
Time is simply putting a deadline on a specific goal or a task within your plan. Some goals may depend on the deadline of others, and this is where time can be crucial. You always need to assess the time it takes to achieve each goal. This would be the “need” that would most likely be adjusted if you run ahead or behind schedule.
Resources can be based on people, places, and things. One can say that money is the most needed resource to get things started. If this is the case, then finding a way to make money may be a goal itself. Some resources may depend on other goals, so specific resources may become sub-goals aligned with Critical Goals. In a scenario of needing money, one could set up a new goal on getting employment to fund another goal.
These goals and sub-goals become milestones during the ongoing assessment of diligent goal TRAK-ing.
A resource that people may not think much about when goal setting is other people in their life that could provide help to their success. Usually, this may be uncomfortable, but it will be necessary to have people as a resource toward success if the future depends on it. Make it a goal to meet with people that can help you succeed.
Actions as part of goal TRAK-ing simply list needed actions or instructions to accomplish a specific goal. This is basically your to-do list for a particular goal. Each goal can have an action aligned with time and resources, so linking other TRAK needs with your actions will keep everything organized.
Knowledge is power! Always be in the know regarding each goal. You will have goals to accomplish that will challenge you to learn something new. If there are things you need to know before moving forward, this is where you will list them. Anything new that needs to be learned, whether it’s taking a course, meeting with someone knowledgeable on a topic, or knowing what blockers will stand in your way, list it down and TRAK it. Align what you need to know with other TRAK needs to organize your specific goal.
TRAKs recognize the needs for each goal that you set. Identifying these needs early in the goal-setting process will allow your execution to be more fluid and organized. Now that you understand the basics of TRAK-ing goals list out some of your own goals you can TRAK and give it a shot!
Before TRAK-ing your goals, you want to identify the Critical Goals first. These are the primary goals that layout the foundation of your path. They are called Critical Goals because success cannot be achieved without them. These significant milestones must be identified first when you begin setting goals.
As you identify these essential goals, start with your vision. Working your way from the end result can help identify your path from end to beginning, but you also want to retrace your path from beginning to end. Critical Goals should not be complex. You need to think big and high level. Remember, these are the goals that are essential only. If you feel you have too many, look them over to see if they are absolutely critical to your success.
After you have identified your Critical Goals, this is where TRAK-ing comes in to help you organize and detail your path to success. TRAK-ing breaks down your Critical Goals into measurable segments. Smaller goals will branch off your Critical Goals, which will become your overall strategy to succeed based on the TRAKs you identified.