Year of Meaningful Growth

Each year I create a theme for my year.  This theme underscores the efforts I take personally and professionally and in my business.  It’s a great way to be more focused in your efforts, and to be clear on what you want to achieve.

In 2018 my theme was ACTION!  After more than 18 months away from my business, I was back in the saddle and taking action to rebuild my business and pivot its direction required constant and persistent action.  After looking at my list of accomplishments I was amazed at how much I had accomplished, and the year is still not over.

Now that we are about to enter into 2019 I am making a pivot in my focus.   Action will still be a critical component to achieving my goals, but will focus more on creating growth– more specifically, meaningful growth.

What is meaningful growth?

It is growth with a purpose and clear focus.  It is growth that resonates with me and my clients, and supporters.  For me, meaningful growth is grounded in my values and is good for me, my business, and the world around me.  My MoreThanGreen™ approach to business underpins this concept well.

In fact,  “by connecting growth with purpose, leading companies make their growth agenda meaningful. And with that meaning comes bolder strategic choices and stronger ambition” 

I’m all in when it comes to bolder strategic choices and stronger ambition!

My recommendation for setting yourself up for a successful 2019.

Start by recognizing your 2018 accomplishments.

  • Sit down with a pen and paper and write down all of the accomplishments you achieved in 2018.
    • Don’t screen your thoughts — just write them all down.
    • Include things you tried but may not have worked.  Implementation (regardless of result) is an accomplishment.  Failures are learning opportunities too.
    • Include relationships you have built, or reestablished, or kept going.

How does this list make you feel?  Take time to celebrate all of these wins!!

Now, think about where you want to be 1 year from now.  What do you want to be celebrating?

  • Create your goals based on what you want to celebrate next December.
    • What do you want to achieve?
    • How will you feel?
    • How will you get there?
  • Post your goals in a conspicuous place so you see them everyday.
  • On a weekly basis, review your week and determine if your actions have been consistently moving your toward your goals and are providing meaningful growth for you.
    • If not, what do you need to change?

Participating in a Mastermind Group is an ideal way to keep yourself accountable and on the right path so you achieve your goals. I invite you to consider joining me in Coffee and Conversations Business Mastermind, starting in February.  This program was overhauled to better meet the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professional practitioners.

Book an Ignition Session to explore how a mastermind can help create meaningful growth for you!

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

Image compliments of David Castillo-Dominici | www.freedigitalphotos.net

Image compliments of David Castillo-Dominici | www.freedigitalphotos.net

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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