What Have You Done?
I love that question! I have to confess that the first time I heard it, my mother was actually making the statement, “Look at the mess you’ve made!”
For the purpose of this article, the question we’re really asking is, “What have you done to make 2016 your best year ever?” Well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions have long been forgotten by many. Others have simply succumbed to the daily grind and allowed life to take over, putting their plans on the perpetual back burner.
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6 Steps to Even Better Results in 2016
With only 1/12 of the year remaining, it’s the ideal time to take stock and consider how you’ll get better results in 2016. This is the perfect time of year to pinpoint just where you are and clarify where you’re headed, whether you’re delighted with the way 2015 has gone so far or you’re disappointed and frustrated you haven’t been able to reach the level of success you originally imagined.
A sound process for introspection and goal-setting will position you for superior results in the coming year. Here are six steps you should take and why they’re important:
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7 Goal Setting Steps
Acknowledgment: RAC Connections January 2, 2014
The keys to living without limits have always been the same. They are clarity, competence, and concentration. Nothing gains more clarity and commands more concentration than setting goals. Goal setting will help you live without limits. Learning how to set goals is an art. Learning why to set goals is a necessity. Here are 7 must-have conditions to set goals.
1. State your goal in positive terms.
People often set a goal in terms of what they don't want. "I don't want to smoke or I don't want to be angry..." Goal setting should focus more on "what you want to do or want you to be." See the difference? Hear the nuance? Are you ready to state positively every goal you want to achieve?
2. Make sure the goal can be self-initiated, self maintained, and
that the goal doesn't depend on the attitude of your neighbor or behavior of anyone else. The success of your goal must depend on you and you alone.
3. Your goal must be sensory specific.
The clearer the picture, the more compelling and the more attractive it is, the greater the drive to reach your final destination. Act as if the goal has already been achieved. Make a very clear image, in rich details, and you will be so enthusiastic that you will automatically attract the solution.
4. State the context of the goal.
"Where and when will my goal be achieved?" The answer can be obvious for some goals, but not at all for others. Try to be as specific as possible.
5. Run a quality control check on the goal to ensure balance is in all areas of your home & work life.
Above all, you don't want to lose your balance. When you run this quality control check, you plan a win-win strategy. Everything is one system and the whole system must win. You will find peace of mind in knowing that you are in harmony with the system. Step back and look at all areas of your life. Is your goal worth it?
6. State the resources needed to achieve the goal: what is the price to pay?
There is always a price to pay for everything. There is always some kind of sacrifice to make when you set a worthy goal. In this step, you will define all that you will need, in terms of time, money, and energy.
7. State the value and the consistency of the goal.
Why do I want to reach this goal? Why is it important to me? Is this goal in harmony with my vision, beliefs, and values? Answer these questions. If you don't seem to be satisfied with the answers, maybe you should change your goal. Set a new goal until you feel it is in harmony with your passion, vision, and mission.
When you properly set a goal with this model, two important things occur. First, you will be in total harmony with your vision, belief, and value system, because if "You" agree you will offer no resistance. Second, you will be programmed to succeed. Indeed, your entire neurology and physiology are both instructed to drive you towards obtaining your desired goal. You are totally focused.
Again, The keys to living without limits have always been the same. They are clarity, competence, and concentration. When you set crystal clear goals and you respect the "7" must-have conditions, you can literally live without limits!
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Strategic Planning--What's the Deal?
An awful lot of people believe that strategic planning is something that is undertaken only by large organizations. Are you one of them?
Would you be surprised to learn that the majority of small-to-medium business leaders spend more time planning their vacations than they do planning the future of their companies? They sure know which route they’ll follow on their next trip to the lake or their detailed itineraries for that trip to Europe. They have a clear destination and they know how they’re going to get there.
That’s really the essence of strategic planning: knowing where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. It is often said that the best way to ensure that the future you desire becomes reality is through strategic planning. Sounds pretty important, so what’s the deal?
Well, in more technical terms, strategic planning is the process of envisioning the future to which you aspire, and the growth you will have to realize to achieve that future state. To identify all the components of growth, it is helpful to analyze strengths and weaknesses. In companies, this means gaining a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the business, products, and services, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors.
Some of this will necessarily be based upon key assumptions. Key assumptions are those factors that you believe will happen or continue to happen based upon information available to you.
Good strategic planning is a pro-active, holistic approach to building your business which allows you to create your future, not simply react to current business trends.
An effective strategic planning process causes you to define the future you want to create for yourself and your business. You will discover your purpose, establish your values, set clear goals and specific time frames, and crystallize the action steps that will help your vision become reality. This is where the rubber meets the road.
To keep a plan from being a dust collector, the action steps need to be clearly defined with specific responsibilities, time frames and measurements in detail for at least the first six months. This is crucial along with regular check-ups on progress being made.
Many business owners and professionals today get so tied up in the "business of doing business" that they never really take the time to plan their future, much less monitor progress. You’ve heard the excuses before. “I don’t have time. We’re too busy. Planning doesn’t work in this industry.” The fact of the matter is that unless you make time to plan, you're already wasting a great deal of time and money.
Plan now or pay later!
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