Isn’t It Time To Breakthrough?

How high do you set your personal and business standards?  Do you really reach for the stars and take actions to realize those goals, or are you more inclined to set more attainable goals that are “realistic” and less risky?

For the most part, I set  the bar pretty high for myself  and I’m pretty committed to reaching and exceeding my goals and performance standards.  This doesn’t come without a few challenges and set-backs but I haven’t stayed in business for over 25 years by always playing it safe.

 

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.        Duke Ellington

Over the years I have come to realize that most successful business leaders also set their goals high, take the risks and capitalize on the opportunities which move them forward toward these lofty goals.  As a result they achieve what many believe to be exceptional successes.

A mastermind group is one place where you can connect with other high achievers.  The benefit of a mastermind group is how you can leverage the knowledge, experience and insights of other members of the group to drive your goals forward.  A mastermind can provide a solid, safe place to face your fears, brainstorm ideas and celebrate your successes.

One of my previous mastermind groups consisted of experienced entrepreneurs who had each been in business for over 5 years and were continuing to grow and develop into new areas.  This success was reflective of success they achieved while in school and in their prior careers.

Stretch to New Heights

In order to achieve your goals and dreams, each member of your group sets business and personal goals that will move you forward and allow us to grow. These are stretch goals.

Stretch goals are commonly referred to in the business world as a way to achieve more.  Stretch goals require a person or business to ambitiously extend itself  beyond what seems realistic within current parameters

Many years ago I read an article written by John Miller.  Miller wrote about the conflict between stretch goals and smart goals.  Here is the acronym he presented to explain how the two fit together:

“S = SMART goals that

T = teach an organization how to

R = reach higher levels of performance by

E = engaging everyone in

T = testing hypotheses through

C = cross-functional cooperation

H = in a humane fashion.”

Setting the bar high should be reflected in your performance as well.  Is the quality of the product you offer your customers reflective of your standards?  Continuous quality improvement will

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occur when you continually reassess current systems, standards and outcomes and then set the bar higher.  Rejig to keep things current, and to maintain quality and performance — it also keeps life challenging and interesting!

 

You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try – you don’t take the risk.      Rosalynn Carter

 

Elevating operations, goals, expectations and deliverables takes planning and dedicated effort.  A Coach or Mentor or Mastermind Group can help make you stretch and achieve your goals by keeping you accountable.   A VIP Day Strategy Session is another great way to gain clarity, stretch your goals and create the action plan you can implement immediately to reap the rewards of your vision.

I challenge you to raise the bar in business and your own life and reap the rewards that follow.

 

Catherine Rocheleau is a Leadership & Change Strategist and the Founder & CEO of Ignite Leadership International.  We empower professionals and business owners to illuminate the excellence within themselves, their team and organization through team dynamics, communication and leadership.  When you engage others business is more productive, profitable and your team is happier and more motivated.

 

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Are You Ready to Get Going?

Decide what you want .. believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe it’s possible for you. Unknown

This is a great start. Knowing what you want to do really helps your get started.  Yet, many of my clients claim they know where they want to go but are still stuck and unable to make their vision a reality.  Yes, a good vision can be a stumbling block for many.

If you aren’t clear on what you want, try writing down ideas – which one(s) stand out as worth pursuing?  Which one(s) ignite your passion and energize you?  This exercise will give you an idea of what you want.

Next, visualize it.

I love to see what it is I want to achieve. To do this, I have created a vision board (dream board). A vision board helps to Holding Dollars suphakit73_ID-100110359visually remind you of what your goals and dreams are.  Once created, its important to see frequently each day.  Your vision board subtly imprints your goals and dreams into your subconscious (in a good way!).  Where will you hang your vision board?

“All men [and women] of action are dreamers.” – James Huneker

What would you put on a vision board? Visual images, words or symbols that reflect what it is you want to achieve, what you hold dear and what you want more of.  Don’t forget to include things that are a big stretch!

Your vision board can be focused on your career, your business or your personal aspirations.  I created my dream board in a way that focuses on both my business and personal goals.  Because getting more balance in my life is important to me, having both integrated into one vision board helps me keep  this focus front and centre.   Both aspects are important and can be achieved simultaneously.

Remember you want to think big!  I have a cheque for a million dollars on my vision board!  I’m determined to achieve that payday before I retire!  What’s a big stretch goal for you?

Remember…

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it. – William Arthur Ward

 

Business Journal Fosters Growth

Every quarter I take time to review my progress and accomplishments to the goals I set at the beginning of the year. Goal setting is critical for me to move my business forward and to transition it into new and exciting areas.

Tea break time at workStaying on target with your bigger goals can be challenging — particularly when LIFE gets in the way! I have found a solution to help me with this very thing – my business journal.

Every day when I write in my journal I am reminded about what I did that day, what is still left for tomorrow, thoughts and ideas that passed through my mind, and who I connected with.

I’m not a person who has had a personal diary throughout my life.  Instead, my journalling started when I was trying to find a system that would allow me to stay focused and on target – not just with the day to day side of my business, but with the bigger picture!

I also found that as good as journalling was for me, I couldn’t keep making the big strides I’ve set for myself so I reached out and now I also belong to a mastermind group and a coaching program.  These options help me hone and fine-tune my actions and to continue my learning process and growth trajectory.

Business journalling offers your an opportunity to reflect on what you’ve learned, remember the decisions you’ve made and why you made them, keep track of what works and what doesn’t, record insights, ideas and more.

I share this information with you because you may want to achieve more and yet the results of your efforts are falling short, or you feel frustrated because the pace is too slow or you feel alone and unsupported. We all can experience these feelings at one time or another but its up to you to take the necessary action to change the situation.
A complimentary business assessment session offers you an opportunity to focus on where you are now and the key action steps you can take to achieve your goals.

Learn from Your Mistakes

Last night I was watching a discussion of Canada’s role in Afghanistan was discussed on “The West Block” Mr. David Mulroney, the former deputy minister in charge of the Afghanistan Task Force, said there are some important lessons to be learned from the results and mistakes made during that mission. He also indicated that a recently released report indicated that there was  little attention given to really understanding of the context surrounding Canada’s mission.  This fact alone amazed me!  We were sending our armed forces into a war-torn area without a really good understanding of what was possible to achieve?  Wow!

In fact, Mr. Mulroney went on to say the government should “figure out how we got it wrong before moving ahead”.   This seems so obvious!  Learn from your mistakes so you don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

According to Mulroney, the key to success in international missions is “setting a small number of modest, definable and achievable goals”.

You may not understand Canada’s role in Afghanistan, or support efforts overseas in war-torn areas, but there is a learn-keyvery strong message for every business and not-for-profit leader to make a major impact

1.  Set a small number of modest goals.   Too many goals or lofty goals sound great but offer more opportunities for missing the mark.

2.  Ensure your goals are clearly stated, measurable and achievable.  This may sound like old news but too often goals miss the mark in these three facets.

3.  Learn from your mistakes.   Listen to different perspectives, review new information as it comes in and be willing to make those tough decisions and changes needed to really advance your efforts.

 

People are remarkably bad at remembering long lists of goals. I learned this at a professional level when trying to get my high-performance coaching clients to stay on track; the longer their lists of to-dos and goals, the more overwhelmed and off-track they got. Clarity comes with simplicity.

Brendon Burchard

If you could use some help in aligning your goals with what you can achieve and make a big impact, book a complimentary Business Assessment Session.  

3 R’s of Goals – Will You Be Prepared?

We are now 8 1/2 months into 2012 —

have you completed at least seventy five percent of your annual goals?

August is always a great time to review what you have accomplished so far  and to consider what changes are needed to meet your annual goals.  My strategic goals are such an important component in my business success.  My strategic  goals  are the longer term goals that I want to achieve in the coming year.  Each quarter I create quarterly, and then monthly goals which will keep me on track and focused on what I want to achieve while I maintain a successful business and continually introduce new tools, programs and products. [Read more…]

LIfe is Full of Turbulence

Today at the Olympics, Canadian swimmer bronze medalist, Brent Hayden, won the bronze  medal in the men’s 100m freestyle.  In his post event interview, Hayden said life is full of turbulence but you have to build bridges and when you have a strong foundation you cross the bridge and cut through the turbulence. [Read more…]

Stretch Goals…Step Forward & Grow

How high do you set your personal and business standards?  In my mastermind group we determined that we all set the bar pretty high for ourselves and we are committed to reaching and exceeding our own goals and performance standards.  Each of us has been an entrepreneur for several years and have each enjoyed many successes.  We also set the bar high when we were in school and in our prior careers.  As a successful mastermind group that has been together for 3 years our commitment to each other’s success is a testament of our high standards.  Our mastermind provides a solid, safe place to face our fears, brainstorm ideas and celebrate our successes.  In order to achieve our goals and dreams, each member of our group sets business and personal goals that will move us forward and allow us to grow. These are stretch goals.

Stretch goals are commonly referred to in the business world as a way to achieve more.  Stretch goals require a person or business to ambitiously extend itself  beyond what seems realistic within current paramentersJohn Miller wrote about the conflict between stretch goals and smart goals in his blog.  Here is the acronym he presented to explain how the two fit together:

“S = SMART goals that

T = teach an organization how to

R = reach higher levels of performance by

E = engaging everyone in

T = testing hypotheses through

C = cross-functional cooperation

H = in a humane fashion.”

Setting the bar high should be reflected in your performance as well.  Is the quality of the product you offer your customers reflective of your standards?  Continuous quality improvement will occur when you continually reassess current systems, standards and outcomes and then set the bar higher.  Rejig to keep things current, and to maintain quality and performance — it also keeps life challenging and interesting!

Elevating operations, goals, expectations and deliverables takes planning and dedicated effort.  A Coach or Mentor or Mastermind Group can help make you stretch and achieve your goals by keeping you accountable.  I challenge you to raise the bar in business and your own life and reap the rewards that follow.

Can a Coach Help You Succeed?

Is a Coach Right for You?

As I have been growing my new business, I have been asked by many people why a person would hire a coach, and what I bring to the table that would benefit my clients.  These are great questions and ones worth responding to… so I am taking the liberty to respond in this article.

What is a Coach?
According the the Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey, “Executive coaching means regular meetings between a business leader and a trained facilitator, designed to produce positive changes in business behavior in a limited time frame.”  Sherpa also indicates that business coaching is the new term for business consulting, whereby the Coach works to develop a clients knowledge and skill.  Regardless of which type of coach you want, a coach will facilitate a positive change on a set schedule in a limited time period.   A Life Coach focuses on your personal life and relationships, rather than on business activities and business behaviour. [Read more…]

Victoria Day Special

Are you the type of person who starts with tons of enthusiasm

but one to two months into the program your focus falls short?

Do you want to really ADD VALUE & LONGEVITY to your goal strategy efforts?

 

Goal Strategy Success

Starting to use a new system is exciting and all of your good intentions are intact at the out-set.

With time, life and business demands begin to interfere.  Sticking with the program can be challenging and sometimes downright impossible.

Don’t let your enthusiasm and dedication to leading your business / career suffer when times are tough. [Read more…]

Today’s Inspiration!

This video was shared on Twitter.  I remember this event and was touched at the time.  This video sends all of us two key messages.

Don’t Give Up!  You don’t  have to do it alone!    You cannot succeed if you give up!

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
 

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