My recent article on the Three C’s to a Successful Life must have hit a hot button with you and a lot more folks! So, I thought, what else would be helpful to people seeking more success?
I remembered my friend Gary Blair a.k.a The Goals Guy and all the amazing work he has done for both individuals and organizations in leading success and achievement. Achievement is the trigger for success. The more you achieve relative to your goals and objectives in life, the better you feel about yourself. In fact, at that point you world takes on a new aura of happiness, success and positive feeling about yourself.
Therefore, I thought about how could I help you kick start your success over the next 3 months?
Had an interesting observation last week during an intense dialogue about achieving goals. This dialogue crystallized a few important issues for me regarding the difficulty people have in accomplishing their “goals.” And I will share this with you now.
Seems the real issue begins with the initial commitment to an idea about setting a goal. Yes, I said ” initial commitment” rather than a game plan or anything else.
There are fundamental differences between setting – and committing – to a real goal. Most people choose to only set a “general direction” rather than a true goal.
Let me explain…
Often when listening to managers and executives talk about their people and what they see as a lack of commitment, the issue really started with the leaders. Okay, confused? So are several leaders when it comes to discussions about the outcomes they want and how to engage their people.
It seems most leaders are active goal seekers, spending their time thinking about what objectives to set to ensure the outcomes. Then they share the information in the form of goals with everyone on their team or staff. Yet, they don’t seem to be aware than in most cases only half of their people understand this goal stuff. Really, only half the people get it.
So what is going on in the minds of your staff regarding understanding goals?
GEEZ! It is amazing to hear how often smart business people exclaim about how great they are at multi-tasking. And, in the same breathe state how much they are getting done. Are You Kidding Me?
If you are an acclaimed multi-tasking individual I only have one question for you…
Are You Regularly Achieving Your Goals? Are You Producing High Value Outcomes?
Okay, I cheated – there were two questions. However, more importantly, how did you answer these two questions?
Most people I coach (therefore I really know how well they are performing) truly believe multi-tasking is the only way they can operate within their organization. Therefore, they spend an typical day going back and forth working on as many projects, tasks and activities as they can. Major mistake!
There are several reasons why people believe in multi-tasking and here are a few of the reasons stated most often…
First, I am assuming you are a goal seeker rather than a problem solver. However, if you are a problem solver just change the wording found in the six steps to match a problem solving strategy.
Now, I realize what I just said has caught a few of you goal oriented people by surprise. And, I can imagine some of you are thinking I must be nuts since everyone knows about and wants to achieve goals.
Well, my forward thinking group of goal seekers welcome to the real world of preferences. About half the population is all about moving away from problems rather than towards an objective or goal. (Managers please pay close attention to this if you want to make ALL your team members successful.) People who move away from problems are great at solving issues the goal seekers have difficulty dealing with – another example of matching the people (goal or problem solver) to the requirements of jobs, tasks or projects.
In any event, there are six quick steps to achieving your goal or solving your problems (problem solvers please just rewrite the steps in terms acceptable to you.).
I keep getting questions from young managers regarding how to build a good work plan for achieving results. This is a great question coming from people who really do want to achieve more and actually take control of their own destiny. Taking control is all about achievement – and the old saying of “Hope is not a Strategy” is very truth today.
So how do you construct a work plan to achieve results?
Here is a simple six step process of designing and implementing a success work plan.
And, the six steps of the work plan are as follows…
Today I was reflecting on the woes of a neighbor of mine. His life seems happy enough, but very lackadaisical in a well-intentioned way. Well… probably not “intentioned” at all. He just goes where the wind blows him. No real direction, no real goals. No real success, but no real failures either. And then I put a definition to it; he has no ambition.
1. composure or dignity of manner
2. physical balance or assurance in movement or bearing
3. the state of being balanced or stable; equilibrium; stability
“Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
….“`Cheshire Puss,’ [Alice] began, rather timidly, as she did not at all
know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little
wider. `Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on.
`Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
`I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.
`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
`–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
`Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, `if you only walk long
You must have a lot of confidence to be around a cat! And what good advice he gives Alice! What the Cheshire Cat is trying to tell her is that she must decide where she wants to go before she can choose a path in getting there. Think about it…
A great self-leadership lesson from the famous children’s story.
Three Important Steps
As we looked at in a previous blog– setting your goals by first determining your values—and writing them down are important first steps in goal-setting and achievement. Here are three more important steps to achieving your goals.