When was the last time you set a goal? How often do you set goals? After you set goals, do you follow through on executing? Setting goals is the 7th attribute to becoming a Fearless Leader.
Why are goals so important? They give you a long-term vision, short-term motivation, and something to focus on. If you know what you are working towards you are more equipped to organize time and resources to get the job done. Goals are the steppingstones that help guide you towards your purpose. Whether they are personal or professional, writing down your goals is the difference maker between high performance and average performance.
Let’s talk about setting goals in the workplace. It is important that you set goals that people understand, align with, and can execute is a valuable attribute of Fearless Leaders. Goal alignment and attainment are what separates Fearless Leadership from other forms of transformational theories. Fearless Leaders spend tireless hours aligning the actions from each goal to the ultimate vision and have the IQ and EQ to make this happen.
It might seem easy, but it’s not. It takes intense communications, tremendous influence, relentless productivity, and transparent relationships. Top performers in any profession or walk of life get to be the top by fundamentally outperforming their peer group. If they are a runner, they run faster; if they are a cleaner, they clean better; if they are a leader, they lead better; if they are a salesperson, they sell more.
Top performers must also understand situational awareness as they strive for great results. Situational awareness is all about knowing when to hit the accelerator, tap the brakes, idle in neutral, or put the team in park and reorganize to align actions to goals and ultimately to your vision.
As driven people, it is important to be careful about driving too hard all the time. This is why EQ is so important, we have to recognize the human side of performance not just the task attributes of it.
So, you have made it this far, maybe that means you want to improve your current goals or how to be more effective. No matter the setting, work, life, coaching a team, etc, use the SMART Goal methodology – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. Next follow this three-step plan:
- Identify 6 goals that get you to your vision
- List 3 Specific, Support Actions You Can Take to Achieve Them
- Hold Yourself Accountable By Adding a Timeline
Keep in mind these two tips.
- Frame your goal statement positively.
- To make sure your goal is motivating, write down why it’s valuable and important to you.
Life and business are full of forks in roads, twists, turns, ups and downs, and as Fearless Leaders we must understand how our friends, family, colleagues, and community are aligned so as to know how to ultimately drive forward to achieve the goals we have set for our teams so that everyone has the opportunity to
Enjoy the JOURNEY