One Month Gone, How Do Your Goals Stack UP?
With January in our rear-view window, it is a great time to pull out our goals and measure how we’re doing.
Depending on what we’ve accomplished, one can come away with the following responses to our goals:
- You’re on target, or exceeding them, and feeling really confident and on track;
- You’re a bit off the mark, but able to identify and make some changes to make up some ground;
- You’re way behind and are discouraged, contemplating altering your goals or scrapping them altogether.
No matter which on of these buckets you fall into, you need to have the correct response in order to make your goals happen for the year. Each of the above responses, if answered correctly with the right leadership attitude, can spur you on to solid achievements in a still young year.
Here are some answers to the responses above:
- Stay focused and humble. Don’t coast and don’t boast. Ratchet up your focus and energy while the momentum is still going strong. Prepare for those bumps that will ultimately come in the next few months. Be ready to learn more about yourself and your ability to lead from a position of strength.
- Continue to keep you eyes on the mark, the vision you’ve cast. Look at what has worked and utilize those strong skills to keep going forward. Dissect what is not working and tweak it. But keep that mission before you and don;t let a little lagging or a few off habits deter your from what you’ve set out to do.
- Don’t give up. (see this post) It is human nature at times to chuck your goals, or alter them, if you find you’re not going to hit them. This is “failing thinking” because:
- It’s way too early in the year to know if you won’t hit them
- You only have 31 days of a flawed plan or strategy into it. You need to go back to the drawing board and find what is the most effective approach.
- There’s a saying that goes “Goals are in concrete, plans are in sand.” If leaders changed goals every time they thought they were off-target, then not much would ever be accomplished. As a leader, you must stay the course – it will stretch you, even hurt at times – but to bail on a mission, either personal or professional, is not what great leaders are made of.
Remember, the purpose of goals is not merely the achievement of the goal itself, but the type of leader you become as you are stretching yourself (and your teams). If you only complete 50% of a goal, that’s 50% further than you were on January 1st. Our goals are designed to push us farther, and any progress should be celebrated.
Take stock in your progress, learn from it, and continue to charge forward. There’s still plenty of time for you to accomplish dreams this year.