Goal Setting: It Takes More Than Wanting It
“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them” – Jack Canfield
It’s not rocket science, right, setting goals? Yet there is a world of difference between wanting it and achieving it. One of the CEOs we work with has given us permission to share some of his leadership journey and path of discovery. He is an entrepreneur who has created his own recipe for success based on clarity and reality.
One of his key practices for creating consistent and ongoing success is his ability to set clear goals and communicate them to his team. Additionally, he defines how success will be measured — the milestone metrics — and what to do when those milestones are achieved.
This ability to define a vision, build a plan and take it seriously is why his company and team have continuous smart growth.
You might be thinking – “I set goals. I make plans. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. That’s life.” It works for this CEO because he seeks the truth.
Another important piece to his success is that he sets REALISTIC goals. As the leader he relies on feedback and assessment to help him get real. This practice allows him to have positive, steady growth.
If something is working he celebrates it. If it isn’t, he calls it out and looks for a way to make it work. He does this by:
• Identifying the issue
• Asking for input from his team, his peers, his customers, and his advisory board
• Building a new plan and milestones
• Implementing and adjusting as necessary until the results are to his satisfaction
He creates a positive environment by having a vision, developing a plan, acting on truth and adjusting the sails when necessary to create a strong and thriving company.
Go ahead, live your dream by incorporating smart business planning like this CEO!