Creating Goals: Start with “Be Better”

By Jay Forte

Now firmly in 2018, be honest: how did your new year start?  Are you achieving your goals? Do you find yourself presented with the opportunity to create new goals?

Regardless of how the almost two months have been, you still have 10 months to achieve whatever it is you’ve defined for 2018 to be successful. How? As Steven Covey shares in Habit 2 of his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, ‘begin with the end in mind.’

Needless to say, the best place to start is to set an achievable goal. This helps you stay focused on where you are headed. Know how to measure your progress so each day is closing the gap from where you are to where you want to be.

And if that seems too much, and it is for a lot of people, then just consider approaching 2018 with the mantra, ‘Be Better.’ Look at the situations, events and circumstances in your work and life and ask, ‘what could I do to make this better?’

Tuning in more intentionally to your world and watching for opportunities to make things better can have a profound effect on you, your work and your surroundings.

Here are a few thoughts to help you focus on being better all year, every year.

  • Be better in your work – think creatively, efficiently and get the details right.
  • Be better in communicating – always add value, not just make noise.
  • Be better in managing your judgments and biases – create less challenge and conflict.
  • Be better with your teammates – how you support them in work and care about them as people.
  • Be better in your communities – how you give your time and effort to make your town, city or neighborhood a great place to live.
  • Be better with our planet – how you recycle, minimize your footprint and how you intentionally appreciate the natural beauty around us.
  • Be better in your relationships out of the office – how you connect, listen, share and support.
  • Be better to yourself – your self-talk, personal expectations and commitment to being your best in all you do.

You have control over how you approach each day. Commit to being better every day, in any way that you notice. Learn more. Be more responsive. Be more connected. Be more aware. Be tougher and more resilient. Be more creative. Be more present. Raise your game. Be better.

Become the person who inspires everyone around you to do the same.

 

Consider reading Create a Personal Report Card

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2018 is around the corner. What Will You Do To Make Your Year Amazing?

By Jay Forte, Coach, Author, Educator

What do you want to achieve in 2018? What new things will the New Year bring?

The greatest benefit to being a coach is that I’ve learned to ask questions that help create work and life clarity for myself and for others. So as a new year approaches, consider asking yourself these questions to define your goals and make the most out of the New Year.

  1. What am I good at and passionate about?
  2. What places in work and life need what I do and like best?
  3. Presume it is at the end of 2018 and you are reflecting back, thinking how amazing 2018 was. What happened during the year to make you think this?
  4. If you could have just one thing come true for you in 2018, what would it be? What is your first step to working toward achieve it?
  5. What would it take for you to focus more intentionally on living and working at your potential?

Notice that the questions have two purposes. The first is to get you to stop, notice and consider what you want. The second is to get you thinking of how you might start to achieve it. Most of us don’t take the time or make the effort to clearly define a meaningful goal or direction, so our lives roll on, year to year, without us making the progress on what we want or effectively tapping into our potential.

So, as a new year approaches, get good at making time to ask yourself the meaningful questions – the ones that give you direction, inspiration and energy – to define what you want and give you the courage to go get it.

Over the next few months, I’ll share techniques and information I use with my coaching clients, including guidance that helps them define what they want and how to make progress on achieving it. This information will help you grow into the best version of yourself in the New Year.

Whether you’re looking for a change in work or life, my approach to coaching provides you with unique insights to help you make wise work and life choices to start your year off right.

So think about what you want in the New Year and what you need to do to make it happen. Check back here for guidance and insights to help you visualize what you want and develop a plan to achieve it.

New Year, New You. It is up to you to make it happen.

 

Consider reading Setting A Course for A Successful 2018

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