“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”
Earl Nightingale 1921 – 1989, American Radio Announcer, Author, Speaker, Co-founder of Nightingale-Conant Corp
Good morning – and happy New Year!
Some people asked me why Good Start ground to a halt last year and I honestly told them that I needed to concentrate on my day job. Which I did. But when the end of the year came and we closed for the December holidays – I asked myself: Did not writing Good Start help me in any way? Again, an honest answer – I don’t know for sure, but it didn’t feel like it.
You might wonder how could I not know? Well, what was my objective, what was the goal, the point of not writing? How was not writing going to help? If the answer to those question was starting work the minute I walked into the office and not stopping until I left (and then sometimes working at home too), then the answer is yes. Was that what the intention was? NO! So then what was the goal? I don’t know, because I didn’t set one.
To be practical here, this is some of the things I could have said, that would have fitted the SMART* principle.
- Less than 10 tax returns still to submit
- Less than 5 financial statements to be done
- Filing trays (even 1 of the 4 would have worked) empty
- Emails filed
Not only have I not done any of the above examples, I lost the momentum of Good Start, let myself down by not following through on the commitment I made to myself, the people who regularly read Good Start missed it too. No use crying over yesterday, on with now.
So – here we are at the beginning of a new year. Ok, 8 days have gone, and I wonder how many “resolutions” have already been broken? Do you have goals for this coming year? I am going to make a list of things I would like to achieve – during this year, and then I am going to put the “by date” next to it and arrange it by the date. Then every Friday I am going to look at it, and evaluate whether I am on the right track. To remember to look at it, I am setting a recurring reminder in Outlook.
That brings me to the picture today. Imagine you are at the bottom of the picture and you want to get to the top. You can either start at A or B – both will get you to C. Which way would you rather go? By going the A route, you can look around at each step, gather your thoughts and your breath and even look down to see how far you can come. Think of A as being Attainable.
The B route will get you there too – but Boy! it would be much more difficult.
Until next time, whatever your goals are, may you get off to a Good Start.