A key ingredient to success – Goal Setting

Many people feel as if they are simply drifting along and achieving little. They often work hard but let us not confuse activity with accomplishment. Other people seem to achieve more than the majority of people and have time on their hands.

The main difference is how the minority (the wise folk) approach goal setting, including regular reviews and for ever raising the bar. Several books published on management and performance enhancement refer to goal setting, highlighting that it is a powerful process leading to increased self-motivation and turning your vision (your dreams) into reality.

Setting goals is all about understanding where you or your business wants to go and what you are looking for from life. By having written goals not only will you have a clearer idea what you want to achieve, you will probably considered the barriers and obstacles together with a plan to overcome them.

Top sportsmen and the most successful business people who achieve their visions use goals to help them realise their dreams. Mohammed Ali, one of the all-time greats in boxing said, “What keeps me going is goals”.

Establishing a goal, particularly one that might be a little tough, will undoubtedly give you a boost of short term motivation; self-motivation is another area where successful aspire. Moving ahead with that goal uppermost in your mind will often help you to organize your time and your resources so that you can realise achievement in your life.

Goals must be SMART (Specific, Measurable Achievable Realistic and have a Time Frame). A mix of short term, medium and longer term goals is a good approach.

A few quotations I have come across and subscribe to include: Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible, Tony Robbins. The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization. Ken Blanchard (Writer of The One Minute Manager).

Picking up from the point made by Ken Blanchard it is vital that employees feel engaged and that their role is important to the business. Too often poor employee engagement leads to poor customer delivery and customers then turn their backs on the company.

Effective leadership addresses internal communication along with improving employee engagement so to help retain customer loyalty as the basis for future growth of the business.

Alan Fletcher 30 August 2014