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Bridging The Gap Between Goals And Accomplishment

January 16, 2012

By Laurie Clarke, COO, The Tatham Group

As another new year begins we are often met with mixed emotions.  Excitement as the ball dropping represents a clean slate – a fresh start!  And usually equally present is nervousness – what if I don’t follow-through on my resolutions again this year?  What will make this year different?

Here are some tips I’ve pulled from Brian Tracy’s book No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline.  I know they will help you achieve your goals in 2012 and beyond.

  1.  Write down your goals.  The fact that struck me was that only 3 percent of people write down their goals and it is these same 3 percent that have more wealth than all of the other people combined.  Writing down goals solidifies a presence for these items in your subconscious.  In fact, Tracy recommends writing out your top goals daily to keep them in focus.
  2. Stop hoping and wishing and start DOING! Life rewards action, not intentions.  Stop thinking about what you are going to do differently and start doing things differently. Immediately.
  3. Plan for the bumps and be flexible enough to adjust.  The only constant in life is change.  Be prepared to alter your goals and plans.  That way you won’t get discouraged and quit.  When things change, make a new plan and work it.
  4. Set a deadline and be firm with it.   If there is an indefinite timeframe to accomplish a goal it will take an indefinite amount of time to achieve it.  And if you are like me, the more time you have to think about a task the larger it becomes in your head.  Pretty soon it’s an impossible feat and procrastination sets in.  Deadlines keep us focused but only if you can hold yourself accountable to achieving them.
  5. Do something everyday that moves you closer to your goal.  Maintain momentum.  It will keep you energized to push through the hard times and increase the likelihood of you meeting your target date.

While these tips are aimed at an individual, we find ourselves coaching our customer’s teams and executives on these same principles.  It’s not enough to determine strategic goals and plans.  Applying a disciplined approach to achieving them is essential to remain flexible and maintain focus.  How often do you find yourself in June wondering how you could have spent six months focusing on things not in your goals or plan?

Our customers discover that there is no easy path to success.  It takes hard work and discipline.  Our approach, similar to Brian Tracy’s life approach, ensures they do both while getting results and having some fun along the way.  After all, as Jim Rohn is quoted, “discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”