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Goals / Purpose : An Exercise to Help Start the New Year Off Right

Posted by kevinb on 1/11/18 (656 reads)

I wanted to share with you a practice that I began many years ago that is invaluable to me. I'm a staunch believer in setting goals, actively working on them, and monitoring my progress. And this is a perfect time of year to establish or refresh your goals (if you haven't done so already).

Note: You can find some of my previous posts about Goals here.

 

Planning for the coming year can seem daunting and your To-Do list may already seem overwhelming. So, before you make big plans for 2018, consider this simple, eye-opening exercise to put things in perspective.

Write down everything you accomplished in 2017. All the big projects, all the milestones, all the To-Do items that yielded a positive result. I like to organize my list in the following categories: Family, Financial, Social, Business/Career, Ethics & Beliefs, Physical, and Mental.

Simple enough so far, right?

Goals / Purpose : Organizational Goal Setting: The Key to Performance and Growth

Posted by kevinb on 9/11/17 (1300 reads)

One of the most important responsibilities of management is to establish Organizational Goals. Read on to learn more about how you can supercharge your company's performance and growth by effectively deploying Organizational Goals.

As organizations grow, it becomes more difficult to align the efforts of an increasing population of employees. During the start-up phase of a business, communications tend to be informal and it is easier for the owner to ensure that expectations and plans are clear because there are fewer people. However, adding employees adds complexity, and it becomes critical to formalize goals to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Organizational goals act like the connective tissue that holds together all the various initiatives, processes, and tasks that make up the complex systems of a business. Leadership teams that take the time to intentionally create and communicate goals and to ensure that rewards are aligned appropriately will reap the benefits of engaged employees, lower turnover, shared accountability and greater financial success.

Goals / Purpose : 7 Steps to Achievable Goals

Posted by kevinb on 1/4/17 (1131 reads)

How many times have you heard that being successful is all about setting goals? But, it may come as no surprise to learn there is a lot more to success than just setting your goals.

Most of us, at some time, have been told that an essential part, if not the major part, of being successful is setting goals. If that was true, we would be much more successful at achieving our goals in life. In this article, we'll talk about why many people fail to achieve their goals and how you can be successful at achieving your goals...and your dreams.

1. What is a goal? A goal is a target that is achievable in measurable, attainable steps. It is more than just a desire or a need; it has an existence of its own. A desire or a wish is less tangible and is often fleeting. For example, who doesn't want to win the lottery with all its millions in prize money? Very few would not but, despite the widespread desire, it is not a goal. A goal is a desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take. It is more than a mere wish or desire.

2. How should you set a goal? Setting a goal is a process which starts with an achievable wish, need, or desire. First you must decide on the following:

Goals / Purpose : 2015 Vision and Strategy

Posted by kevinb on 1/19/15 (1950 reads)

Last time, in "5 Steps to Goal Setting Success," we discussed why the ability to achieve your goals is the true secret to success and important steps to take in order to overcome the obstacles and challenges that will, inevitably, come your way. To help lay the foundation for goal setting and achievement, it is important to, first, have a vision and strategy that works for you. This "visioning" and strategy process can take many forms, however here is one that I have found to be very useful.

Goals / Purpose : 5 Steps to Goal Setting Success

Posted by kevinb on 1/5/15 (2156 reads)

Many people think that goal setting is the true secret to success in any area of life. Although setting a goal may seem simple, achieving it is usually another question altogether.

The ability to achieve your goals is the true secret to success!

Why is that? Because you will never achieve your goals unless you:  (1) know exactly what you want; (2) are passionate about your goal; and (3) have a solid, realistic plan of action. This is what marks the difference between nebulous dreams and wishes - and truly achievable goals!

Many obstacles and challenges will fly right in your face when you're going after a goal. Here are 5 time-tested methods that will help get the success you deserve.

1. Know exactly what your goal is: Your first job is to discover exactly what your goal is. What will achieving that goal really look like? Be as specific as possible about exactly what your desired end result is. Your success will be a measure of your clarity - since an achievable goal plan cannot be created around a nebulous "dream."

Goals / Purpose : Reflect Back and Plan Forward

Posted by kevinb on 12/17/14 (3264 reads)

2014-2015-marketingThe end of the year is always a great time to reflect back and plan ahead.

Here are some great questions to springboard that thinking. Remember, you're more likely to achieve something if you plan for it and write it down, so ... get your pens ready! Here goes:

As you reflect on this past year, what were your two or three most significant accomplishments, breakthroughs, and/or achievements?
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Goals / Purpose :  7 Ways to Get Forward Momentum on Your Goals

Posted by kevinb on 8/26/14 (2045 reads)

You hear a lot of talk about the power that goal setting has on your ability to achieve success as you define it. There is no doubt that this is true, but it needs to go one step further.

Having a goal setting process will not make you successful in itself. It is more important to have a goal achieving process. This month we share 7 key tips to set your goals in motion and help you reach the ultimate prize ... your goal!

1. Stop seeking approval from people.

You don't need anyone's permission to fulfill your dreams. Trust yourself and give yourself permission to succeed. Having support from people whose opinion you value is a wonderful thing, but it should not be the criterion for whether you begin acting on fulfilling your goals or not.

If you really desire to turn your ideas into reality, constantly floating them around and seeking the approval of people will waste your time and can kill your dreams. What will happen to your ideas if you don't get the approval of those whose permission you so desperately need? Nothing!

2. Don't wait for perfection.

Goals / Purpose : Same Old New Year for You, or Will 2014 Be Different?

Posted by kevinb on 1/6/14 (2391 reads)

I was thinking about New Year's resolutions and how few of them we actually keep. Did you know that 50% of resolutions are broken within the first two weeks of the New Year? And that by the end of January a full 95% of resolutions are abandoned?

That's right...only 5% of New Year's resolutions are kept even beyond January!

The reasons that so many resolutions fail within such a short amount of time are primarily due to:

1. Procrastination

2. Lack of discipline

3. No game plan

4. Doing it alone

Bottom line: The majority of resolutions fail because only a small percentage of people with resolutions ever do something about them.

Don't let this happen to you. Don't let 2014 be the same old New Year...where you start off with renewed energy and wonderful ideas only have them end up on the "95% scrap heap." Whatever your goals are for 2014, I urge you to put them into action. Don't wait anymore. Action creates results.

So if you're really serious about making some positive changes this year, here are some surefire ways to make them happen:

Goals / Purpose : Common Goal Setting Mistakes

Posted by kevinb on 11/11/13 (2639 reads)

Common Goal Setting Mistakes

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it. - Michelangelo Buonarroti, Renaissance artist

John is reflecting on the last goal that he set for himself. Everything started well - he was making progress, he felt great about what he was doing, and he was excited about future possibilities. But then things unraveled.

The goal took longer to complete than he thought it would, and he became discouraged. And, because he didn't stop to look at what he had achieved, he lost his drive and focus. Before he knew it, the goal - and the opportunities it would have brought - was forgotten.

Sound familiar?

Let's look at some common mistakes that people make when they set goals. Learn how to recognize these mistakes, so that you can avoid making them yourself!

Mistake 1: Setting Unrealistic Goals

When you're exploring possible goals, you need to unleash your imagination and ambition, put your reservations aside, and dream big dreams. However, once you've decided on a goal, make sure that it is realistic, and that you can actually achieve it in the time frame that you have set for yourself.

For instance, if your goal is to run a marathon, it's wildly unrealistic to sign up for one next month, unless you've already done several months of training. Or, if your goal is to become CEO of a company, but you have no experience, this goal might not be practical - at least not yet!

To set realistic goals, use SMART goal setting strategies: make sure that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Mistake 2: Focusing on Too Few Areas

Goals / Purpose : What are Your Goals for Next Month?

Posted by kevinb on 6/23/13 (2325 reads)

Many executives and business owners try to chase too many targets at once and end up overwhelmed rather than focusing on their business. They spend all of their energy carrying out daily tasks leaving little time for the most important part of their day - their own business!

Being a business owner often means wearing a number of different hats. How many of you act as the CEO, the general manager, the accountant, the salesperson, the computer technician, the marketing leader, etc.? Sound familiar?

To avoid this, spend some dedicated time next month focusing on the strategies which will be most helpful in growing and improving your business. In order to grow and succeed in your business, you first need to have a crystal clear idea of what you want to do and where you want to go. In other words, have you defined your objectives? And more importantly, have you put them in writing?

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