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140.6 Part 2 – Your Responses!

Last month we looked at the issue of goals for the coming year. I asked for reader’s input and as always, you responded. Below is a sampling of some of your goals for the coming year.

Denise writes –
“This is my goal for 2006: To run a successful business and learn from the
mistakes of my past venture.”

When Mark thought about 2006, this is what he decided-
“I’d love to be a more effective preacher. I heard a saying once that goes something like this: ‘When Cicero speaks, the people comment on how beautiful and poetic his oratory is. When
Demosthenes speaks, people say: ‘Let’s march! ‘I think I do OK getting – and even holding – people’s attention. But I think it’s the ‘Let’s march’ part of the sermon that I need work on. So,
for me, ‘effective’ means that my preaching would have more staying power and be a stronger motivational force in the life of our church.”

Nancy’s goals were pretty straight forward-
“I want to adopt a more efficient system for investing client assets and I want to update my compliance manual.”

Doug revisited a goal-
“My new year resolutions seem to be repeats, but I am going to keep trying until I get them right: Reprioritize my life to emphasize a balance between business and personal time. Eliminate the blur! Enjoy and be satisfied with what I have.”

Janet’s was short but sweet-

”My goal is to achieve balance between personal and professional lives.”

Let’s take a look at what we can learn from these examples, and I’ll give you some
additional tips to use in working on your goals.

Lesson 1- There are lots of ways to “skin a cat.”

You’ll notice that each of these people explained their goals in a slightly different way. It doesn’t really matter how you say it as much as it matters that you say it.

Lesson 2- If you can’t measure it, you won’t do it.

These goals contain good action words such as achieve, reprioritize, eliminate, adapt, and update. Those are helpful words because you can measure them.

Lesson 3- Be positive.

The language of these goals addresses what the person wants to happen as opposed to what they don’t like. As a rule, adults often communicate what they want by communicating what they don’t want. (How many times have we used the words “don’t” and “stop” and “can’t” when communicating with our children and explaining our “goals” for their behavior?)

Tips and Additional Thoughts

Tips:

· Make sure the goal stretches you.

· Focus on “why” first and “how” second.

· Make the goal real by writing it down and telling other people about it.

· Make sure your language reflects your intentions. Use words and phrase such as “can,” “will,” “am going to,” etc.

Additional thoughts:

Never leave the site of a goal without taking some type of action within 24 hours.
It may be something as simple as making a phone call or as complicated as writing down the steps you are going to take. But do something.

Nothing much happens without a plan.
Not only is it important to write the goal down, it’s important to write down the process you intend to use to reach the goal. What has to happen first, second, etc.?

Make the goal date specific.
Contrary to popular belief there is not an eighth day of the week called “Someday.” If your goal doesn’t have a beginning, middle and end, how will you know if you’re making progress towards it?

Plan the celebration!
When the goal is achieved how will you mark the occasion? Will you go out to dinner, call your friends and share your triumph, or will you just quietly sit back with a smile on your face? It’s important and helpful to visualize your successes.

2006 has the same number of months as 2005. I suspect for many of you the pages on the calendar will turn as quickly as they did last year. What can be markedly different for you this year is what happens during those twelve months.

It all starts with a goal and a plan….

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