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Accountability, Consistency, and Strategy
The Essentials for Achieving Goals
E very year, I like to sit down and focus on one word that will define my business as a way of goal setting. I approach life in a very systematic way, and I find this initial step is a great way of starting that process. I do this with my team as well. The next step we take is stopping to think about what we want in the long term. “What do the next five years look like?” is a perfect place to start. I don’t try to go too far beyond that because it’s really difficult to be specific if the time frame gets too large. We take a look at individual desires and break them down into categories. Business and professional are usually the first two categories, and then there are further subsections from there. Once we have a good idea of the plan, we tie it back to our one word. Without that singular focus, it’s easy for personal and professional ambitions to get out of alignment. My word for this year is “freedom,” because as you age, I think the will to choose becomes more critical. When you’re younger, others serve as mentors, which often subjects you to the decisions of others —managers, parents, etc. There are layers of accountability to your life, and those safety blankets create easier decisions. As you work your way up the ladder, growing older in the process, you eventually work your way out of those protections. Once you reach that point, you make more choices on your own and gain more autonomy. You’re accountable to yourself, and I thrive in this mindset. No one is going to push me more than me. Every goal I set is rooted in this idea of giving me the freedom to make the decisions that work best for both personal and professional goals.
The best part of this process is the accountability aspect. When you write your goals down, they become public and everyone can see them. It’s crucial to have that psychological pressure of sharing the objectives with others, because while many of us will let ourselves down, we won’t let others down. There’s never a good enough excuse
There’s never a good enough
excuse for not doing what you say you’re going to do.
Without consistency, there is no accountability. You have to attack your goals repeatedly and at scheduled intervals to make any headway. We fill out a sheet every week that ties into our one big word and our five-year plan so that, week by week, we are always moving toward accomplishing our goal. As long as that goal is within the realm of achievement, we can systematically attack it until it’s done.
for not doing what you say you’re going to do. Your goal should be so important to you that nothing else matters. Sitting down with my team every week and going over the goals we set the week prior emphasizes accountability and sheds a bright light on where our comfort zones are. When you have to tell two other people who are dependent on you the status of your goal, it becomes a lot easier to make sure you follow through.
I’m looking forward to a year of freedom in 2019, and I can’t wait to share it with each one of you. Happy New Year!
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