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Belated - 3 Ideals for Goals and Resolutions

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It is 2018 and the New Year if off and running!

Many people and organizations will craft "resolutions" or "goals" for the new year.  However, by this time of the new year many of those same people may have lost sight of their goals or may  have given up on achievement.  It is estimated that only about 12% of those who set new years related goals will maintain the pursuit of those goals past January 15th of the year.  In fact, Allstate has spoofed this thought through their well known "mayhem" commercials.  They, like Farmers, "have seen a thing or two and know a thing are two."

At the beginning of this post I placed "The Toddler Laws of Property."  I believe these "toddler laws" best exemplify the mindset, passion and behavior needed to effectively set and achieve new goals and resolutions!

Considering that, I want to share with you "3 Ideals for Goals and Resolution" that I have learned to apply over the last few decades.  Obviously, these can be applied at anytime, not just the new year.

To achieve a goal:

#1 - It must be your goal. 

In other words, you cannot achieve someone else's goal. If it is a "joint" goal, all parties must have significant input into its' formation!  This allows for true accountability and measurement.

#2 - It must effect change. 

The foundation of a goal, any goal, rests in the known need or desire for change. Consequently, effective goals must create a change in mindset, a change in passion, and a change in behavior.

#3 - It must allow for assessment and reactivation. 

If you both define and own a goal, and that goal creates change, it becomes necessary to assess progress.  Further, if the goal derails, it must allow for reactivation or recreation when and/or if necessary. 

Summary: A goal must be yours, it must effect change, and it must be assessed and reactivated as needed.

I conclude this post by pointing to one of the best books on goal setting and achievement that I have ever read- "Goals: Setting And Achieving Them On Schedule" by Zig Ziglar.  I have provided a link below!

Happy New Year and Happy Belated Goal Setting!


Failing to understand the value of a goals and goal setting may impact on "what" you do and may slow personal growth and organizational success.

As always – if you would like to learn more about this topic - or - book me to speak with your organization, operators are standing by!


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