Set Goals and Succeed
By: Steven A. Rosen
It is great to have time off with family and friends. You may have taken some time off to reflect and make New Year’s resolutions.
Don’t bother making New Year’s resolutions! Let’s face it, studies show that 92% of New Year’s resolutions just don’t happen.
The reality is that you will have forgotten all your New Year’s resolutions by Jan 10th.
You are not alone.
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Like most busy executives you are focused on your business.
Yet we all get sucked into the daily minutia. The day to day demands of business, emails, meetings and phone calls gets the best of us. This constant flow of “stuff” coming at us often interferes with that “good” feeling of achievement.
All of this is busy work.
What percentage of emails and voice messages actually impact your goals?
Why then, do we spend so much time responding and reading these emails and voice messages?
Have you built your own personal and professional success plan? Have you set goals for yourself? Have you defined the what, why, how and when for your success this upcoming year?
Are interested in becoming more successful? Do you want to make this year a breakthrough year?
Research shows that the one thing that successful people always do is set goals. Below is a simple 5 steps process to help you start your year off with a focus on the outcomes you want.
It’s that simple.
Step 1: Define the What
Do you know what you need to do to be successful this year? The challenge for many of us is that we know what we need to do but we don’t follow through. The day-to-day demands of business, emails, meetings and phone calls get the best of us. This constant flow of “stuff” coming at us often interferes with that “good” feeling of achievement.
The reality is that this is all busy work. What percentage of emails and voice messages actually impact our goals? I would say less than 10%. Why then, do we spend so much time responding and reading these emails?
Have you taken time to think about your goals for the next year, either career or personal? How would you describe your personal grand slam? What would make you the MVP in your organization? Please take a couple minutes, close your eyes and consider the successes you would like to achieve in the next year. Visualize how you would feel achieving these successes. Now, commit to the process and write these successes down on a piece of paper.
You have now decided what success looks like for you.
Step 2: Understand the Why
Why are you motivated to achieve your success goals? What are the reasons, the burning desires that make these success goals important to you? You need to tap into why these goals are so vital. I am not talking about financial successes and what they can buy, but about your psyche. What internal feelings or needs would be fulfilled by achieving your success goals? Is it recognition, sense of pride, praise, rewards for success, a feeling of self-competence and effort, a desire to be effective or to make a difference?
Step 3: Figure out the How
You know your success goals, why they are important to you and what motivates you to achieve them. The next question is the tough one. How are you going to achieve your goals? These are your tactics: What two or three things must you focus on to achieve this success? What are the most powerful actions that will lead to your success? When it comes to expending energy and effort which activities will provide you with the greatest return towards achieving your goals?
The most important piece of this focus reflection exercise is to write down all your thoughts and communicate them to someone on your team. The act of writing turns your plan into action.
How do you create the impetus to achieve your goals? The time you take to write down your successes, internal motivation and actions all will contribute to your success and you will have a 50% chance of making it happen.
Step 4 Establish a completion date
We all need deadlines. The key here is to establish the date you would like to complete each of the how’s. This will help keep you on target.
Step 5: Commit! Commit! Commit!
Commit your goals to paper.
Commit your goals to someone who will keep you accountable to achieving them.
Commitment is key.
To increase the likelihood of achieving your success goals you should commit them to a colleague or supervisor.
If you are really motivated, hire me as your coach and I will hold you accountable to the process of staying focused on achieving success.
Success is a function of achieving goals we set for ourselves. Deciding and achieving the outcomes we truly desire is the definition of success.
Wishing you a breakthrough year,
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