Jan 14, 201307:06 AMMind Your Business
with Corey Chambas
Happy Same Year!
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That doesn’t sound too exciting, does it? We all want the new year to be not just different, but, well … better. But unless you do something different, why should it be? Remember the definition of insanity – doing the same thing and expecting different results.
So how do you ensure you won’t just do the same things and get the same results, at work or in your personal life? First, you need to start at the end. What do you want the results to be? For many, this is year-end review time, New Year’s resolution time, and the perfect time to establish your goals for 2013. It’s critical to start at the end, because as the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Once you establish your goals, the right “road” will become clearer.
You need to make your goals specific and measurable. I believe many people fail to do this out of fear. They know that by setting specific and measurable goals they are also opening themselves up for possible failure, as the achievement of these goals can actually be calculated or determined. Having goals that are positioned as “getting better” or “improving” are common, but what do they really mean? You can hardly fail with these types of goals, but I contend you also can’t really succeed.
Once your goals are clear, the next step is to make them visible. This part reminds me of our yellow lab, Luke. When it gets near feeding time, he finds me or my wife, walks up, and just stands and stares at us. He doesn’t wander off. He doesn’t lie down. I’m not even sure he blinks. He refuses to be ignored, and thus he is fed. Make your goals the same way – in your face and impossible to ignore. Screen savers, Post-it notes, Outlook reminders, public declarations … you get the idea.
Adding clarity and focus to your goals will not only drive your actions, it will drive your reactions. It’s fairly fundamental that when you establish your goals you will also define the basic activities you will engage in to move toward those goals – that’s the action.