Goals and Commitments Success
Do you ever wonder why some of your set goals seem to drift away over time, yet others are achieved easily? It is not always the easiest goals that are achieved, it is rather the commitment levels to each of them that matters. Here we shall explore some of those reasons and help you solve them for good.
Dealing with and without emotions.
One of the surest ways to complete anything is to become emotionally attached.
For the purpose of this article we shall assume you have little or a low element of emotional attachment to your goal. If this is the case then please go right back to the start of the goal and clarify WHY you want to pursue it.
If you can discover some elements of emotional connection then use this as the first priority driver to your actions.
Connecting Goals and Commitments.
One of the basic review tools we offer clients is our PAN system. This places situational and causational awareness between your actions, behaviors and intent. Going through each step in order Places then Activities then Networks you have a powerful to create insights and corrective action for your goals. This system can be applied to any personal or business goal.
PAN – Places, Activities, Networks
Places: Where you are
Why have you chosen to be where you are right now? What other places could/should you be to move forward with your goals? Is this place a location chosen from habit and security? Where are the top 5 places you could be to attain your goal?
Activities: What you are doing
How does your current activity or action relate to your goals right now? Why are these activities more important than working for your goals? What other activities can be automated, delegated, delayed or not done so you can move your goals forward right now? List the next 5 top activities you need to do to attain your goals.
Networks: Whom you are with
Who are you with right now and going to next? How will these people be aware of the priorities you have for your goals and how can they help you? How much of your time do you help other people, organizations fulfill their goals and not your own? How can you find 5 other people that have the same or similar goals so you can improve the quality of your network and find opportunities to accelerate your progress learn or collaborate in a win-win result?
The answers to these questions rose through the PAN system offer clear insights and next actions steps towards your goals. To link these answers to commitments go through the following 10 steps for each of the outputs found from PAN.
1. Belief in the wider purpose and generate a need for the commitment to these goals.
2. Take positive steps forward but at a size and pace that delivers.
3. Appreciate that passion and mastery comes over time and not an instant for everyone.
4. Create several opportunities to see and make emotional connections to your commitments. Car/phone/affirmations/vision boards
5. Accept setbacks as learning experiences for wisdom and experience but do not accept the same repeat mistake too often.
6. How will you report, measure and be held accountable.
7. Push yourself for long term benefits to avoid short term bursts and burn out.
8. Periodically re-measure your sense of self-worth but remain humble.
9. How can you reduce distractions that have low value contribution to your goals?
10. What is the single biggest hurdle you face and how can you overcome it?
Learning heart felt lessons.
It is amazing how often even high performers could achieve so much more yet cheat themselves for even higher success due to a lack of commitment to their goals. I recognize it can be unhealthy to become too obsessed with your goals; however a healthy obsession is a positive trait. Looking deeply into your own abilities, doubts, fears and motivations will mean you face some hard lessons. Enter the process with these key points in mind:
1. Be prepared to have tough conversations
2. Be prepared to change your network
3. Be prepared to invest in yourself
4. Be prepared to look and feel uncomfortable
5. Be prepared for a better you.
6. Be prepared never to be satisfied.
Pick yourself back up.
So how do you feel now? What have you learned from the lessons and process so far? I find there is a mix of emotions, some people simply turn off and hide away, choosing to ignore the hard truths that this article process highlights. For these people it is simply the wrong time or method of communication to convince them of their goal methodology can, should and will change.
I also find people and companies that embrace the process and then fall back a few steps after a month or so. This is why it is important to create a periodic review process. Depending on your personality or business culture you may discover from weekly to start with to monthly and then longer review times. I suggest do not go more than 4 months without such and honest deep dive review for the first 2/3 years!
Enjoy the journey, honesty, tough decisions and the rewards of achieving more than you may have thought possible otherwise.
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