Do you do goals? Do you set challenging goals – thoes that make you feel uncomfortable and at times, vulnerable?
If you seriously want to lead a quest to make a lifestyle change stick, advance from the status quo, progress your career & life and be the differentiator - then goals are your companion.
You can google how to set goals, that’s the easy step in the process; what is challenging is affirming the Why – why do you want and need to achieve the goal? When you have this clearly articulated then it’s time to get cracking. (If you need help with the Why – check out Simon Sinek on TED Talks – How great leaders inspire action.)
There are three activities to enact the goals which will enable you to live the Why:
1. Every day, think, feel and talk the vision – create for yourself and others what it will be like when the goal is achieved. Steve Wozniak co-founder of Apple was a key-note speaker at HRizon World Congress in Melbourne this week – he talked about how he simply turned his creative thoughts into a product.
2. “Take yourself up onto the balcony and check what’s happening on the dance floor” – a metaphor coined by Ron Heifetz, Harvard University (Leadership without easy answers) – encourages us to regularly view the daily operations and in my view, it’s checking for a reoccurrence of the behaviour which is preventing the achievement of the new goal.
3. Celebrate the milestones along the way – review which intricate changes have been made and in the height of the merriment, make the challenges even greater for the next milestone with the promise of a reward!
Whilst jogging this morning, I kept setting new goals (the furthest tree I could see). I was concentrating on listening to my breathing, correcting it along the way with the vision of fitting comfortably into the little black dress in 14 days’ time – so I can sip the rewarding Champagne!