There can be gain without pain

There’s no gain without pain’, so it is said.

The phrase ‘no pain, no gain’ takes me back to the early 1980s with Jane Fonda and her exercise videos; suggesting that we go for the burn and then saying that there will be no gain without pain.

Fortunately, from a business performance perspective the pain does not need to be severe, more of a possible discomfort- the resulting of changing our habits and behaviour. We cannot hope to improve our performance and results without having clear goals not only for ourselves but for those who we are responsible for.

Clear and meaningful goals are simply a MUST.

It should go without saying that ‘goals’ should relate to the corporate strategy and key goals of the organisation. That is not always the case. It also helps to gain benefit in terms of personal development with the longer term intention that achieving personal goals, part of our personal development, will have a positive impact on our business goals. I recall my thinking when I heard Jim Rohn say that we must work harder on ourselves than we do our job.

In forming a goal we should go through the process of developing the goal from a vision of what we want to achieve into a target that is specific, realistic and measurable. The goal has to be recorded – otherwise it’s just a dream.

In considering the goal in context to the organisation and business priorities any barriers or obstacles to the realisation of the goal need to be understood and evaluated with a plan to overcome or at least minimise the effect of any obstacles or barriers.

Any goals that are likely to take over a month to achieve should be reviewed on a regular (monthly) basis to keep us from going off track. We might face obstacles and challenges along the way that can easily distract us. Determination and persistence is vital, as is managing our time and priorities. Managing the issues of urgency and importance is another challenge we need to conquer.

Increasing team performance also requires good employee engagement and effective leadership qualities including effective motivation of individuals.

We can reach the point of ‘gain’ without too much suffering and very little pain. As Jim Rohn (1930 -2009, US entrepreneur, author and highly regarded motivational speaker), put it: “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment”.

There can be gain without pain; we need to plan and have the determination to finish what we set out to achieve. Whilst the route to success is not that simple it can be smooth with a realistic, positive and determined approach. Planning, having well thought out goals and visualising the achievement of those goals is absolutely key, I have no doubt.

Alan Fletcher 27 October 2014