Do you set your personal and business standards? How high?
Every year I sit down and create my personal and business goals. In doing so I set my course for the future. I allow myself to dream big – no restrictions! Then I will add in the realism but without the big thinking I know I won’t grow and excel to my full ability.
Here’s my SPARK approach
Start with a Dream… The most important step is actually sitting down and thinking about what I want to achieve. I am very committed to reaching and exceeding my own goals and the performance standards I set for myself. When I set my annual goals, I ensure they will help me grow and develop. The status quo isn’t ok for me!
Plan and Prepare… I use a mindmap to record my business and personal plan for the coming year! This format offers me a unique approach to recording my dreams, actions and milestones in a visual way that will remind me of the big picture each and every time I look at it.
I also meet with my mastermind team to brainstorm ideas and receive feedback to ensure my goals really will make me stretch. They will also be my support team and will help keep me accountable.
What 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. John 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:
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.”
Now it’s time to TAKE ACTION! Every goal becomes a reality when you take action. Although the new year is a great time to begin, you can get a head start and achieve more if you start today! Don’t wait!
Rejig to stay on track as new information comes to light. The goals I set at the beginning of a year are frequently changed, or tweaked as new information comes to light. Sometimes I realize I need to stretch more than I first realized. Regardless, I believe that when you set the bar high, your performance should reflect these self-imposed standards as well. Is the quality of the product you offer your customers reflective of your standards? Rejig to keep things current, and to maintain quality and performance — it also keeps life challenging and interesting!
Keep on track with Continuous quality improvement. There is always room for improvement. Life long learning is a fundamental part of the process. Keeping your eyes and ears open for opportunities, and being willing to take a risk, will allow you to achieve more!
Elevating operations, goals, expectations as well as your 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.
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