What’s the point of setting goals—for any of us? With few exceptions, people who set goals achieve more and better results because they’re focused day and night on the desired outcome. They generate more money—for themselves and their employer. Instead of spending the first part of every day figuring out what they’re going to do, they already know and they get right to it. They set the bar high and hold themselves accountable for results. Hence, they’re promoted and offered more opportunities. They’re recognized as leaders capable of attracting followers and together they make things happen.
Reflecting on this Year’s Q1 Goals
Just as important as setting specific and measurable goals for both your personal and professional life is the discipline of evaluating your progress. With this being the start of Q-2 why not set aside time to reflect on and evaluate Q-1 in your areas of responsibility? Which goals did you meet or exceed? Where did you fall short? What and who’s help will it take to get back on track? What’s at stake if you don’t get back on track?
Everyone will have their own best way to do this. Because I’m a sole proprietor I review my daily priorities and monthly achievement summaries to identify what I did well and what needs more work. Larger organizations need to bring together their leadership teams to check sales or income, of course, but also to evaluate cash flow, payables, receivables, and money in the bank. Are you getting repeat business as well as new business? Is everyone on the team carrying their full load? Employee turnover, absenteeism, low productivity and all expenses warrant watching and keeping a tight rein.
On the personal side, how did your relationships fare? Have you fulfilled your promises to those you love and others to whom you’ve made commitments? How well are you feeding your emotional and spiritual needs? If you’re behind on any of these, count the cost and make it a priority to set things right while there’s still time. One more thing: if social media or technology in any form is getting out of hand in ways that jeopardize your safety or relationships, take whatever steps are necessary to deal with it now.
Keeping on Track
Keeping everything on track isn’t easy for any of us. The key is to learn to say “no” or “not this time” to people and requests that are less important than the goals on your own list. Schedule your priorities a month in advance. This includes family time, recreation, self-care and time for spiritual renewal. Put them first.
Here’s the Point
I highly recommend the practice of “selective omission” to requests for meetings in exchange for an evening at home. Take the time to read a book or engage in some other pursuit that feeds your soul. Where else will you find time to pursue and achieve your goals?
This is the compelling life-changing point of setting goals.
©Judy DeLapa/High-Impact Coaching April 2017