We’ve begun the first week of a brand new year! Everything looks fresh, new and hopeful! How will we handle the changes — the ups and downs of life in general? Many will make New Year resolutions that involve their careers, finances, relationships and health. How many of us will actually succeed in meeting our goals? How many will fail? What makes the difference between the two? Clearly, those that succeed in staying committed to their resolutions and who achieve their goals have created a specific plan with objective measures for monitoring progress and they stick to it. But what if we applied that same framework and strategy to everything we did? How much more success would we experience in all areas of life?
So in thinking about the New Year and its possibilities, I jotted down a framework that, hopefully, I could use in many different areas. I thought I would share it with you, my clients, my colleagues – my friends.
Clarify the goal.
The goal needs to be clear, measurable, and attainable.
Formulate a plan.
The plan will include a goal with appropriate short and long activities geared toward achieving it. There is nothing worse than having a goal without a way to monitor progress along the way to achieving it.
Break it down and keep track.
Make a To Do list or keep a calendar. Break down the activities into manageable chunks; Small tasks you complete on a day-by-day, week-by-week, and month-by-month basis. This is a critical step in the path to goal achievement. Small successes add up — both in achieving your bigger goals, and in allowing you to feel the thrill of success in achieving the smaller milestones along the way. You’ll become empowered as you begin to see yourself in control of your own destiny.
Refocus or adjust the goal.
If you get sidetracked, go back to the last point where you had a proper focus and continue to move forward from there. Use the smaller milestones as a metric for measuring your progress toward achieving your bigger goals. Adjust your activity levels (i.e. productivity, marketing, fitness strategy) to realign your efforts with the big picture.
And don’t forget –
Investigate the many software tools, web-based programs, and books available for advice and support in setting, measuring, and achieving goals. But all the cool stuff in the world won’t help if you are not disciplined and committed. An accountability partner can help you stay on track and reinforce your commitment and discipline when they wane. Find someone you trust and who will stand in the gap when you need it and hold you accountable to your commitments.
Read my example below. It gives a broad overview of how I structured my strategy to promote my vision and help me achieve success in meeting my 2012 goals.
I used each of the points discussed above to help create my 2012 MKC Business Plan. This plan includes Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies, and Actions – all specifically geared toward achieving my larger goals. Again, I am breaking down my big annual goals into smaller, manageable chunks. I’ve included specific ways that I can objectively measure my progress along the way. Monitoring progress as I go will allow me to make the necessary little adjustments as the year moves forward.
My 2012 New Year resolutions?
- Be goal oriented every day.
- Take little steps toward achieving my overall and bigger goals.
- And use this goal achievement method in as many areas of my life as possible!
Wishing you and yours a HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL 2012!
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