Is Avoiding the Pain Worth Foregoing Success?

Did you know that 50% of people who start an exercise program drop out within 6 months?  That statistic is high, but it is similar in other areas of our lives too, including goal attainment!  To me that is sad.  50% of people never attain their goals!  Why?

Well there are many reasons… too many to discuss here.  Some never set concrete goals — this way they don’t get let down.  Drifting through life may seem like a great idea but you’ll stay where you are or fall behind!  Some people don’t write down their goals so they are unable to stay focused on what needs to be done to achieve the goal.  As the saying goes…”failing to plan is planning to fail”.

Here are a few more key obstacles you may face in reaching your goals and some questions to ask yourself and actions to take so you become the 50% who do attain their goals!

1.  Change is challenging!

Yes, change is challenging.  Change causes temporary pain… and who wants pain?  Isn’t life challenging enough without adding new challenges?  Having said that, if you want different results you have to implement different tactics or use different processes.  Change forces you outside your comfort zone. You cannot operate on autopilot and you have to make time.

We are now in the middle of February.  Did you set goals for 2012 in January?  Are you still working the plan to achieve those goals or have they slipped to the side so you can deal with “today”.  If you pushed them aside, do you have a plan to bring them back to the forefront so they become integrated with your business or career?  If not, why?  What are you avoiding?  Why are these goals taking a back seat to putting out today’s fires?  Will these goals, if accomplished, solve the types of challenges you are facing today?

As challenging as it is, change is necessary for you to grow and develop so you make your goals and dreams your new reality.  No one said life (or business) was easy.  No one said you have to do it alone either.   Can your team assist you?  Would journalling help keep you on track?  Would a coach or mastermind group provide the insights and support needed when times are tough?

2. Want great results with little effort!

How many times have you wished you could have the goal without doing the work?  I know every time I am doing my fitness routine I wish the inches and weight would just melt away so I didn’t have to work so hard.    Determination, persistence and effort are all needed for change.  Great results occur when we change our thinking, our actions or our effort!  Nothing comes for free!

Consider this:  You have a goal  that you’re passionate about.  It’s a goal you really want to achieve, but there are critical steps along the way that you don’t like doing (or maybe you just don’t know how to do them).  This is normal if you are stretching into new areas.  Yet, you consciously or sub-consciously procrastinate or just don’t take action.

This is where the perceived pain of these critical steps (no matter how large or small they may be in reality) become a huge barrier to your progress.  When you exert a little effort to shift your mindset from negative to positive, why does it always seem less onerous than you thought?.  How is it, when you shift your thinking, you can identify new opportunities or approaches to reduce the pain!.  As Nike says, Just Do It!  If you don’t want to do these critical steps, can they be delegated, outsourced, or incorporated into other tasks to save money and time?

3.  Time

The biggest excuse in the book… I have no time!  I know, we all feel like that at times but there are ways to overcome this obstacle too.  Why is it some people are so much more productive and successful in the same 24 hours you have?  What are they doing different that would allow you to achieve the same results?

Creating efficient and effective processes is one way to achieve more in less time.  Are routine tasks being done in a way that helps you move forward, grow or save time or money?  Time is money!

Things can get out of hand when people fail to create new habits.  Habits take persistence and consistency.  There is no “success pill”.   If you fall off the horse… get back up and keep riding.  The same holds true for your goals.  If you stray, reposition yourself and get back on track (even if its a new direction) that will lead you to success!

My challenge to you…. go back and revisit those strategic goalsBreak them down into bite-sized goals and schedule time into your calendar each week   Value Yourself!!  Reach out for help and support from others to keep you focused on the big picture, particularly

Only you can ignite the process so the SPARK allows you to GROW and LEAD.

Take action today.  Book your complimentary business assessment session to identify key steps to add SPARK to your career or business.

(originally shared Feb. 2012)

The Ripple Effect of Change

Have you ever noticed that once a change is initiated in your organization or in your personal life,  a series of subsequent changes occur?  The ripple effect of change is a normal phenomenon and rippleone that many people find uncomfortable.  Why?  Because these changes may happen outside of your control.

What is a ripple effect?

Wikipedia describes it as “a situation where, like the ever expanding ripples across water when an object is dropped into it, an effect from an initial state can be followed outwards incrementally.”

I have been working with a client on an organizational change project which has rippled through so many areas of the organization.  The most recent was repositioning a division to be more responsive to their clients.  The change was initiated by the CEO when he recognized a lack of relevancy between the division’s deliverables and the wants/needs of their clients.

This desire to change prompted the director to resign.  The change process continued and eventually two staff members also resigned.  It’s sad when you lose great people but the flip side offers you, and your organization, a great opportunity to embrace the changes and continue the process.

Here are five tips you should consider when leading changes

1.  Share your plan.  Communication throughout the change process is critical to success.  It is important to let all team members, and those who will be impacted by the change, what is happening.  Sharing the big picture and how they will fit into this new environment will settle fears, engage your team, and provide valuable feedback.

2.  Prepare for the Changes –  Once you know what you want to achieve, taking time to document the action steps that you want to take and the milestones you want to reach will pay dividends.  Not only will a written plan increase the chances you will actually achieve these outcomes, it also allows you to identify gaps and opportunities.

3.  Act decisively.   As a leader, it is important to be confident and decisive to keep team members engaged.  Expect others to push back, question or refer to “the old way”.  When you listen to concerns/comments/objections, and take action with confidence, people are more likely to accept the change process and follow along.  I often hear “You seem to know what you’re doing so I keep circles-freegoing.”

4.  Recognize the challenges others face and be willing to review and rejig the plan.  In every well created plan an unforeseen glitch will occur or new information will come to light.  Nothing is perfect.  As a change leader, you want to be open to options, feedback and other insights.  This new information may cause you to change your plan or adjust an outcome or methodology.  Review is vital and more often than not will only improve the process of change.

5.  Keep the momentum.  Change happens continually and maintaining momentum is key to avoiding the panic.  Systems that you have put in place will create a great foundation to leverage time and effort.  Keep the above four steps in place and you’ll be positioned to navigate the changes you, and your business, face.

Our done with you, done for you approach to coaching and consulting offers you a way to navigate the changes you’re facing.  Let us assist you.  Book an Ignite Call (using contact button below) and we can explore your next steps.

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