by Donna J. Spina ACC, CPC, ELI-MP
Boats are safe in harbors. But that is not what boats are built for… “It’s time to sail, my friends. Set a course and GO. Stop hanging out where it’s safe. MOVE into the next level because you want to be ready, even if you are not ready. Make the change, the move, the plunge. Take the risk. Just do it. The wind will favor your sails…” -Kathleen McGowan
In every venue and arena at year’s end, we are bombarded with being told to set goals and make changes for the purpose of improvement in the New Year. As we continue to dive into 2017, what is the status of your resolutions made with such, perhaps forced, enthusiasm? Ever notice the parking lot of a fitness center in January? When you return in February, there is a dramatic difference.
Often the new habits attempted to be created are superficial or not realistic. In many cases, you are not well prepared to rise to the demand of change and old, stronger habits take over again. Research studies show about 50% of the population making resolutions were confident of their success while only 12% actually achieved their goals.
That is where VISION is critically important. When you have a crystal clear understanding of where you are headed and the incremental milestone goals necessary to meet along the way to attain, there is no need for Resolutions!
Day to day uncertainty plagues most small business owners, especially in the early years.
● Do I really understand what my customers want?
● Does my business model work?
● How do I retain and continue to engage my team?
● How do I attract higher end clients or repeat customers?
● Do I need greater skills to lead and run my business?
To get you started with working ON your business and not just IN your business here are…..
Five Tips on How to Reverse Engineer Your 2017 Goals:
1. Imagine it is New Year’s Eve on 12/31/2017. As you raise your glass to toast the outgoing year, what thoughts of specific accomplishments would make you proud of yourself professionally and personally?
2. Identify those accomplishments, write them down (another key to success!), and describe each fully with a detailed plan of action. To avoid overwhelm and being stretched too thin (which sets yourself up for failure), limit the number of your major objectives to five or less.
3. Focus on your positive strengths and skill set to move your business and life forward.
4. Measure the outcome. How will you know you accomplished each objective?
5. Set a deadline for each goal.
6. Bonus – Celebrate yourself for not giving up!
Do this 5-step exercise. If you feel alone in your boat or are facing a mountain of challenges, reach out to a professional coach or consultant to assist in clearing away the fog so you can truly set sail!