Successful Goal Setting

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Do you make New Years Resolutions?

I prefer not to, but I do find that a new year brings on feelings of a fresh start and is a good time to set new goals. Both personal and professional goals can be made using a few simple strategies in order to achieve success. Have you ever set a goal and found yourself struggling to achieve it, resulting in feelings of failure? If you said yes, you are not the only one. Many people set goals that are not appropriate for them and are unachievable, leading to failure. Follow my 6 simple steps outlined below and you’ll be on your way towards successfully achieving your goals!

1. Relevance
Set goals relevant to you and the current time in your life. Take time to think about what you really want to achieve. Is this really what YOU want to achieve? Do you see yourself following through with this goal? Or is this something that others want you to achieve or that society is telling you to achieve? Sometimes we need to spend some time thinking our goals through to really determine what those goals look like and if we are willing to commit ourselves to achieving this goal. Finally make sure your goal motivates you enough that you are excited to work towards achieving it.

2. Specific
Now you want to make sure to set specific, clear and concise goals. You want to be sure you know when you have achieved this goal. If your goal is vague and generalized then spend some time clarifying that goal, which may include developing several smaller, more specific goals that clearly define your ultimate goal.

3. Measurable
Ensure your goals are measurable. You want your goals to be precise, increasing or decreasing something by a specific numerical value or percentage. Also include time lines and dates to define when you want your goals achieved.

4. Attainable
Make sure your goals are attainable. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Set up goals so you can be successful, but at the same time ensure that they are motivating and challenge you, these goals bring the greatest rewards.

5. Action Plan
Now make an action plan. Set up small, short-term, well-defined goals that lead up to your ultimate goal. Now put a timeline in place with both short-term and long-term goals in order to motivate you to start now. When goals are too big or too far away from being achieved you will not know where to start and get discouraged. Be sure to define a clear pathway to get you to your goals!

6. Rewards
Make up a reward system for yourself for achieving your goals. Even the small goals should be rewarded. This can be as simple as making a chart that you put a star on when goals are achieved. A visual rewards chart helps to keep you motivated and reminds you of what you have already achieved. These rewards don’t have to be of a financial value and should not reinforce any negative behavior, ex. if your goal is to quit drinking coffee, do not reward yourself with a cup of coffee, instead choose your reward to be a nice quality tea you enjoy. Many people reward themselves with the behavior they are trying to reform, like rewarding themselves with a treat when they are trying to lose weight. Make sure to use a positive reinforcement as your reward, one that keeps you on track to achieving your ultimate goal.

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How To Improve Team Collaboration

Collaborative teams typically lead to enhanced productivity and results. So, when a team is firing on all cylinders, they are working in the best of ways. However, if a team is dysfunctional, it can fall apart very quickly. The problem is that many teams operate as a team in the name only. This means that the group of people are declared as a team but do not operate as a team.

Now, there are a few reasons why a team is dysfunctional One reason could be weak leadership where dominate personalities derail the overall mission causing the other members to adapt accordingly since the person at the helm is not steering in the right direction. Another reason could be having a “lone ranger” team member. These people disrupt the team dynamic by going out on their own and believing more in their ability than they do in the team’s ability to complete the task. Actions like this create a disconnect amongst the other members and cause a lack of trust and collaboration.

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How to Create A Company Culture of Teamwork

They say “teamwork makes the dream work.” Creating a culture of teamwork in the workplace proves that as an organization, you value collaboration. All successful companies recognize this and ensure that at their foundation, there is a supportive atmosphere that allows employees to feel appreciated and empowered to help in decision making. Creating this culture in the workplace will help the organization benefit from the high productivity that the teamwork delivers. Here are some ways to develop a culture of collaboration in the workplace.

 

Communicate The Expectations

If you want a company culture of teamwork in your organization, you have to make sure that you express that with everyone involved. Set those clear expectations and make sure that everyone from the higher-ups to the interns understands that you expect teamwork and collaboration from them. By doing this, in the beginning, you will allow the culture to foster itself amongst your employees, and it will be the standard.

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The 3 Biggest Problems Entrepreneurs Face

Successful entrepreneurs are known for their riches, but many started because they were driven by a mission—not money. But before becoming success stories, there are obstacles that almost any entrepreneur will face. They may look different, depending on the project, but they form on the same basis. Below are the top three struggles entrepreneurs face.

 

1) Focusing on Strengths

Since entrepreneurs grind to the top, they’re used to having to do everything themselves – and take pride in it. But the only way to grow a business is to delegate tasks and responsibilities to others. This is something many entrepreneurs struggle with.

It is definitely valuable to have a wide skill-set. But to be competitive, entrepreneurs need to know when it’s time to delegate a certain task to a real expert.

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Five Qualities All Leaders Must Have

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There are those who are born to be leaders and others who learned how to be leaders. However, regardless of where they fall on the spectrum, all leaders share the same kind of qualities. For some, these qualities are innate and merely took some time to polish up. But for others, these qualities were learned and developed over time. That does not change the fact that to be a leader one must have certain attributes that set them apart from the rest of the pack. Countless traits signify a great leader. Here are five of those qualities that all leaders must have.

 

Confidence

Confidence is a quality that all leaders must have. The best leaders are not only confident, but their confidence is contagious. All the best leaders give off an aura of confidence that naturally draws people to them. They believe in themselves and their ideas, so when they get challenged, they do not give in too quickly. The kind of confidence they show also allows them to be humble in the event they are proven wrong because they know they can quickly act to improve the situation.

 

Integrity

Leaders should embody a certain level of integrity that is translated to their employees. Zig Ziglar says, “With integrity, you have nothing to fear since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” The core of integrity is truthfulness. Leaders should be transparent and tell the truth in all situations. To be successful in any business, leaders must build a foundation of trust.

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