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…]

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.

Don’t Fall Off Course!

With the introduction of my new Business Leadership Journal, so many people have taken action to set themselves up for success in 2012 by purchasing their own copy of the Journal.  This is no small feat!  The book is letter sized (A4) and 5 cm (1.5 inches) thick!  Fortunately the coil binding makes it manageable!

The journal guides you through a year long system that keeps you on the mark.  The perpetual format lets you start at any time.  Take it one day at a time and before you know it you will create new habits, new ways to view your business and career actions and results.

Lately I have been helping many business professionals (both employed and self-employed) set their goals for the up-coming year.  There are so many components to setting and achieving your goals.  This week, I am speaking about some of the reasons my journal can help you raise the bar and accomplish more! [Read more…]

Love Yourself this Valentine’s Day

I know there is just over 1 week until Valentine’s Day

but NOW is the time to act!

I am really excited to announce the launch of my newest program —

Group Coaching.

[Read more…]

Start Your Year on the Right Foot

Get Your Perpetual Business Leadership Journal to SPARK your dreams and make them a reality in 2012!   Learn more

Join our Ignite Leaders Membership program and enhance your own professional and leadership development by staying abreast of leading topics in business, change and leadership. [Read more…]

November Book of the Month

This month’s SPARK book of the month is a new release by Monica M. Regan.   With December fast approaching, setting your goals for 2012 is important for success.

The Dream Power Goal System: Five Simple Steps to Achieve Any Goal, Guaranteed! [Read more…]

It’s Time to Stretch

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 parameters[Read more…]

Set Goals: Embrace change!

Michael Walsh, Kaizen Consulting Inc (www.kaizenconsulting.com) describes a business as a tool that assists us to achieve something, just like a car or a stapler.  Although more complex, this analagy really resonnated with me.  Michael states “…businesses serve many types of goals — both for the destination as well as the process for getting there.”

Each year, I set goals for myself personally and for my business.  These goals are reviewed frequently – usually every quarter.  I am always amazed by how many people do not set goals and for those who claim to set them do not write them down.   If you do not set goals, how do you know where you are going and how will you know if you get there?

When I set my goals, I write them down in the form of a mind map — a pictoral and word format that helps me keep these goals in mind.  As a visual person, this format works best for me.  You may prefer a list  — there is no wrong way to record your aspirations!

Once you write your goals down, share them — with your employees, your friends, family,  mentors and supporters.  I have learned that people are interested in my goals and more often than not are willing to help me along my path to attaining them.  In turn, I help them too.

What happens when others don’t share your vision or goals?  Sometimes they worry you may not be successful.  Don’t be deterred if they don’t share your goals…keep an open mind, hear their concerns, ask questions to help you understand their perspective.  If necessary, you can make some modifications, or maintain your course.

Sometimes, along the way, a goal not longer fits, or requires some tweeking.  Was the original goal too short-sighted, too lofty, or has your direction changed?  Sometimes external factors have an impact or you learn something new about yourself that warrants the shift.  It’s ok to change goals but make sure the changes are not just “the easy way out”.  Achieving goals takes time and effort, patience, perspective and perserverence.

Goals help you make the changes you want to make.  They are a vital part of strategic planning and business development.  They are not without risk but unless you are willing to stretch outside your own comfort zone  you will be limited in what you can achieve.  When you hit a hurdle, review, ask for help, refocus and keep on moving one foot in front of the other.  Fear of failure will only hold you back.   Make the decision to set your own goals for yourself or consider reviewing your business’s strategic plan and ensure it is relevant and allowing you to move forward to the future you desire.

“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.” – Anthony Robbins

Dreams…Envision, Plan, Achieve!

Do you have a dream? What have you done to achieve that dream? If you haven’t taken the steps necessary to put it into action, it won’t become a reality.  Since re-launching my business in January, I have been re-evaluating my goals and dreams.  I have always set goals and had dreams that I strive toward.   I have been working through a business building program as part of this personal journey and speaking with other business owners and clients to obtain feedback to assist me in my quest to achieve this revived dream.   What has become clear to me is that the many tips I am hearing are not new to me & many are common sense, but I am now in a place to hear the comments and ideas.  As a result I am able to take action based on the suggestions with more understanding and a clearer vision.   Some of the information I have heard is reminding me of things I need to do (or consider) to grow my business to be even more successful than it has been in the past.

Lester R. Bittel stated in The Nine Master Keys of Management, “Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true”.  Whether your dreams are personal or business-related, I encourage you to take the time to dream, make plans to achieve those dreams, and make the decisions necessary so they are no longer elusive! Keep it simple. Don’t strive for perfection first time around. Be willing to take things one step at a time. Be open to tips and ideas – when you are open to the information its amazing how much you can achieve!

Happy Dreams!

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.” Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s statement is so telling. Think of this in the context of setting goals or achieving success. If you do not set goals for yourself, your work or business, you probably meander through life believing the outcomes of your actions are your destiny. For some they achieve success and have no regrets. More often than not, people look back and wish they would have made a different decision.

Have you ever had someone suggest a change or offer to teach you something new they believe will help you ? Did you jump at the chance or pass the offer by? Did you take the necessary steps to embrace that new way or just go back to your old way because it was faster, easier, cheaper?

Businesses frequently fail to embrace a culture of change and innovation. This culture instils stagnation and can attract employees who are not inspired to be innovative or willing to move forward.  Businesses will lose innovative employees if they are unable to support new ideas and they can easily get left behind the competition, particularly in tough times. When business owners, managers and individuals alike to embrace life-long learning, they remain open to new opportunities, new methods of doing business and the successes that can follow.  Learning and implementing something new can be challenging and may take longer than the “old” way, but if implemented for the right reasons with a clear plan and good supports, any hurdles can be overcome.

If you want to make a change, take the time to plan. Ninety percent of your time and effort should be applied to the planning stages and ten percent to implementation. Create a vision of what change initiative is needed and set measureable goals and realistic timelines. Establish the steps/tasks that need to be taken, identify who will do each task, how the steps/tasks will be communicated with everyone who will be affected (even if only minimally affected) and how progress will be monitored and alternations made.   Communicate frequently and be prepared to listen… new ideas and solutions can be borne from feedback! Incorporating this feedback will increase “buy-in” and enhance the projects success.

If you don’t have time to manage the entire process on your own, don’t hesitate to enlist some help. Work with a consultant or business coach who is dedicated to ensuring your success and can help keep you focused or provide a different perspective throughout the process.  A change management consultant can work with you and your team, facilitate group sessions, manage the project, initiate training or help complete tasks.

Embrace change, set your goals, take the time to plan, communicate frequently during the change initiative process , welcome feedback and adjust your plan when necessary as you move forward and enjoy your success!

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