This month we are going to take a look at what not to do to accomplish your goals. Which means, if you do the opposite you should be in good shape.
Here are three sure fire ways to not accomplish your goals in 2016:
- Be unclear around what you want. When I see goals of “more revenue” or “happier employees” or “better life balance”, I cringe. The desire is not bad, the lack of specifics is. How will you know when you have achieved any of those goals—they are all subjective. As you set the game plan for the rest of the year make sure you are clear around what it is you are after.
- With the goals unclear, it becomes near impossible to measure how you are doing. For a goal to be achieved, there needs to be a metric that is monitored to know if you are on the right track. Unclear goals create unclear measurements that are open to interpretation, debate and ultimately a lack of success. When you are feeling under the weather and walk into a doctors office and tell her that you are not feeling well typically she says “that’s nice” and then takes your temperature, weight and blood pressure. All things that you can measure.
- With unclear goals, and poorly defined measurements it is difficult to pick the behavior that leads to success. If I don’t know what I want, and am not sure how to get there ,then any behavior will do.
Alice asks the cat which way to go. The cat asks her where wants to get to. She replies that she doesn’t care. He says that it doesn’t matter which way you go then.
We are typically good at defining what we don’t want and less skilled at defining what we want. If you need help, reach out to your local ActionCOACH and let us guide you through the process.
Have a great week!