How to Increase the Odds of Reaching Your Goals
While challenging for many teams, setting smart goals is the easy part when compared to the hard and ever-changing work of actually achieving them. Would you like to increase the odds of reaching your goals?
How Often Do You and Your Team Reach Their Goals?
How many times have you set an objective only to fail in reaching it? We all struggle with wanting to improve and yet not having the follow-through, the commitment, or the stamina to succeed with our plan. This holds true for both professional and personal goals.
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How to Increase the Odds of Reaching Your Goals in 7 Easy Steps
By definition, any high performance goal worth fighting for can be a challenge to reach. So much can get in the way! But if you are determined and follow the eight tips below, the odds of reaching your goal dramatically improve.
These steps to success are based on what we know about human behavior. They provide a strategy to change habits and increase the odds of reaching your goals:
Let’s say you want to increase your client base by 10%. If you now have 30 active clients, you will need to add three in the next 90 days. This is a relevant and reasonable goal as long as you create a plan and set aside the time to reach it.
For example, to add three new clients to your current list, you will need to add an average of one per month. Then identify the leading indicators and activities most connected to adding one new client per month.
An example would be visiting three new prospects per week. Then identify the leading indicators and activities most connected getting three new client visits per week such as reaching out to five current satisfied clients for referrals per day.
The trick is to break these steps down until they are so clear and easy to accomplish that you feel little resistance to doing them.
Focus on the most important and let the other stuff wait.
Not only does performance transparency provide a bit of extra pressure and willpower when you need it, but your stakeholders also understand how you are doing and can help when needed.
Imagine how proud you will be of your contribution, how good it will feel to succeed in the eyes of your co-workers, and the feeling of accomplishment as you have the opportunity to help even more clients than before.
Intentionally identify as a successful rep with a reputation as someone who is always looking for and taking advantage of new opportunities.
Being able to look forward to these pleasures will help you stay on track.
The Bottom Line
Performance relies on your ability to consistently and effectively set and reach meaningful goals. To improve your odds of success, follow these seven tips.
If you want to learn more about creating high performance as a leader, download How Much Should a Leader Push to Get the Most Out of their Team
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