Did you set resolutions or goals for 2013? An internet definition of resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Somehow firm decision seems to have been lost in association with a resolution as many people have a more casual or nonchalant approach. When applied effectively, the concept of goals leads to more success. Success is about identifying (and modifying as necessary) patterns which requires a broader perspective than a pinhole view. What successful business do you know that sets “casual” resolutions?
Goals are important for companies and individuals alike. How else can progress be measured? Whether you are part of a team setting or a one person venture, there is a lot in common for the process of setting and pursuing goals. Jack Canfield (co-author Chicken Soup for the Soul) taught me goals are exciting and scary. Excitement comes from the spark of enthusiasm for something to move toward. When this occurs in an organization the benefits are:
heightened employee engagement
As an individual, engagement, focus, and productivity are also important. After all, teams simply are groups of people.
The scary part relates to the challenges that may emerge. In reality, the issues were present all along, although often dismissed as if ignoring them denies their existence. How many of you have experienced this only to create bigger problems, personally or professionally? Careful here, as individuals may be tempted to point at what their company is, or is not, doing. What about yourself? Looking honestly at ourselves can be the biggest obstacle to progress, as it is uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful; although always absolutely necessary. How much more pain will you endure before you step out of your comfort zones and invest in yourself or your team? What will it take to address the underlying cause instead of only treating the symptoms on the surface?
When working with my clients the typical problems that require tailored workshops are:
inconsistent team cohesiveness
In addition, among these common struggles you will also find:
All of these factors negatively impact the three beneficial results noted above (heightened employee engagement, greater focus, and increased productivity). What difficulties are you downplaying and wishing would simply vanish?
One way to be accountable for your goals is to make them known; tell others your targets. Think that is bogus? Have you ever thought about sharing a goal with someone and decided otherwise? Why? Expressing out loud to somebody a desire can be vulnerable and trigger fear and doubt. In addition, when we hear ourselves say something we send it through the energetic waves of the universe.
It is critical, however, to be selective who you tell. Make sure it’s someone you trust AND someone who is pursuing goals themselves as they’ll understand the process and the commitment. Yes goals are a commitment! It is important to review your goals on a regular basis. This is also a great time to re-read Goal Setting for the Recovering Excuse Maker e-book.
When you or your team want results; whether corrective in nature to resolve a problem or a dedication to elevate performance even higher; the choices need to be conscious and deliberate every step of the way. Consistent and persistent action is essential to achieve any and every goal. Get into action, stay focused, and be relentless!