Good old New Years, filled with promises and gleaming hope of great things to come. Why do you suppose that we all do this every year — set our goals, resolve to accomplish our objectives, improve our lives and so on, only to fall back into our old patterns of behavior soon thereafter? The reason we do this is a basic one. We forget.
I am guilty of this, too. Yet, with all the balls in the air at any one time (very much like you), my life quickly spins out of control when I don’t stay on top of my goals, and I don’t prioritize my days, weeks, and months. This said, I am always on the lookout for easy-to-follow methods for setting and tracking goals. A very gifted businessman once shared his secret with me, so today I am passing his methodology onto you. The following are the 10 Commandments of Goal-Setting. They work for me and I hope they’ll do the trick for you.
1. Thou Shall Be Decisive: Success is a choice. You must decide what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or should do that for you.
2. Thou Shall Stay Focused: A close relative to being decisive, your ability to sustain your focus from beginning to end determines the timing and condition of your outcomes.
3. Thou Shall Welcome Failure: The fundamental question is not whether you should accept failure. You have no choice but to expect it as a temporary condition on the pathway of progress. Rather, the question is how to anticipate failure and redirect resources to grow from the experience.
4. Thou Shall Write Down Thy Goals: Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. People forget things. Avoid the temptation of being cute; write down your goals.
5. Thou Shall Plan Thoroughly: Planning saves 10 to 1 in execution. Proper planning prevents poor performance.
6. Thou Shall Involve Others: Nobody goes through life alone. Establish your own "Personal Board of Directors," people whose wisdom, knowledge, and character you respect to help you achieve your goals.
7. Thou Shall Take Purposeful Action: Success is not a spectator sport — achievement demands action. You cannot expect to arrive at success without having made the trip.
8. Thou Shall Reward Thyself: Rewards work! Think of what you will give yourself as a result of your hard work, focus, and persistence — you deserve it!
9. Thou Shall Inspect What Thy Expect: The shelf life of all plans is limited. No plan holds up against opposition. Everything changes. Therefore inspect frequently and closely; it's an insurance policy toward your success.
10. Thou Shall Maintain Personal Integrity: Maintain your commitment to your commitment. Set your goals and promise yourself that you will achieve them. Eliminate wiggle room and excuses. That's personal integrity!
On behalf of all of us at LCT, we resolve to master the task of challenging you with the best new business practices that will in turn help you make money and save money. You will see by all the magazine improvements, including a refreshed logo, brand new departments, exclusive columnists, and a completely revamped news sections, that our goal setting and planning for 2007 began some months ago and has been implemented for you to reap the benefits.
Happy New Year. We can’t wait to see you at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas at the end of the month!