When was the last time you assessed where you are in life both personally and professionally? Sounds like a very simple question, doesn’t it? But what exactly does that mean? First you’ll need to revisit the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year. You’ll need to assess whether you’ve made great strides, been side-tracked or had to make adjustments. Once you determine that then you can answer the question, “Where are you?”
I’m sure you’re wondering, why is this question important to answer? For me I’ve always taken time at the beginning of the year to set goals for myself. The purpose of these goals is to give myself a road map leading to success. Many people do it at the beginning of the year. They call them, “new year resolutions”. The problem, however is that 80% give up on those resolutions before the three-month mark. I used to be in the category as well until I made a change.
That change started with me changing “new year resolutions” to, “commitment” instead. Commitment to me meant I was taking responsibility and ownership for the plans I made for myself. This commitment didn’t allow me to easily give up should I fall short instead I was encouraged to make adjustments in order to be successful if my initial plans did not produce the results I hoped for.
Have you ever made a commitment to yourself? How did you go about setting that commitment? Do you take time throughout the year to assess where you are? Well we’re nearing the half way mark for 2015 so may I offer the following tips:
Write it Down – Commitments or Goals are specific, measurable and time bounded. Write your commitments or goals so that they reflect all three components.
List Your Personal Benefits – Identify exactly “why” you want to achieve this goal. List all the ways you will benefit personally.
Analyze Your Current Position – Success is information dependent. You need integrity in your information. Identify your specific strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as it relates to achieving this goal.
Identify Obstacles and Risks – List everything that could possibly prevent you from achieving the commitment or goal you’ve set for yourself. Identify Investments and Sacrifices. List everything, including time, money and sacrifices that you can anticipate.
Identify Knowledge Requirements – List what additional knowledge you need to acquire or have access to.
Have Support Team – List the people, groups, and organizations you may need help from as well as the specific role each one plays.
Develop Your Plan – List in chronological order each activity and their corresponding target date for completion. Use all the information gathered in previous steps to develop your plan.
Set a Deadline – Determine on what date you will achieve this goal.
Reward and Celebrate – Identify your reward for the achievement of your commitment or goal. You deserve it! But don’t just rest on the successful completion, start again and make it even better. I can guarantee you won’t give up at the three-month mark.
Here’s hoping the remainder of 2015 will usher in a new, positive, focused and determined you!