We ask all the leaders we work with as they would do better, better or more often when they look back on their career and the top answer is "Focus." When asked how they would do that they responded that they would be even greater than they had been. In their opinion, it creates an objective focus that creates success. With so many requirements that prevent or try to prevent their attention and energy, targets that create focus on their firewall and the main path to success.
In view of the fact that so many highly successful people look at goals, why are so many organizations and people unable to report their personal goals or objectives – no matter how their personal goals are in line with their organization goals?
One reason is given time – "We do not have time for it – we're too busy." Another reason (read excuses) is the belief that an individual is not in control of his future – too many things beyond the control of a person can cause things to change, so just move on.
It turns out that most people spend more time planning a two week vacation than they plan their career. I suspect this is because planning a vacation is managed, fun and in the near future – it's easy to focus on it.
But to succeed and benefit, it's important to have a personal set of goals. – They hold us in the game – whatever game is played. And personal goals that align with organizational goals create huge amounts of energy, commitment and focus.
Personal goals are even more important when planning goals do not exist, or are not expressed, or just in the name. It is very tempting in cases of simply giving in today's flow, and going with what comes with – little if any emphasis is placed on.
The goal helps balance the human tendency to feel distressed in your face every day – it is called "flexible". Flexibility can be strength, but it can also be fatigue – when flexibility becomes worn and we look back and see that flexible took us far away from what we wanted to be or had to be.
A friend shared more fun with me, which shows this point: "Inside the age of 65, 40 years old is wondering what happened to hell?"
Focus is the difference between wondering what the hell happened and landing where you wanted to land. It's the difference between throwing a touch-or throwing balls – and looking at it all the way – with great energy, but without an idea of where it will land – and how good or fun it will do.
Here are six steps to create focus:
1 – Write where you want to be in one month, six months, one year, three years and five years. I know, it sounds like a lot of work. That is. But I can tell you about personal experience that this time frame will blow right for you if you do not take the time to organize them now. And you will end like 65 years to wonder what happened.
2 – Define how your source of income – your job – your profession – fits your own goals. How does your workplace fit in your personal goals? Are they the same? How can they meet in the near future to provide long-term wage? The closer your personal goals are to the goals of the company or profession, the better the chances of achieving them. This is the key to focusing on being convinced and directed to success with goals that embrace you personally and professionally.
3. Begin with short-term goals, but at the end of the mind. Weekly, monthly, quarterly. Define the top 3 to 5 things you need to do now to find where you want to be. No more than 3 to 5 – and 5 is stretching. Remember, you can only concentrate on doing one thing at a time. There is no more powerful way to become a mood than to "over goal" yourself at this stage.
4 – Express your goals positively. Express your goals as to what you want to achieve instead of avoiding or getting rid of. Optimism loves positive results – work to think this way.
5 – Define the objectives with the SMART formula – Specific, measurable, accurate, realistic and timed.
6 – Keep track of. You have a responsibility. View your goals at least weekly. Bring them with you wherever you go. Make them part of your thinking. Make a habit of revising your goals and the results of achieving them. Make them your lifestyle. And when they need to review – and it will happen often – just do it.
If you're frustrated and busy and not sure where you're going, start this process today. It's not easy. It requires personal discipline. It requires faith in yourself. But the benefit of purpose, focus and freedom is worth it. And when you look back in a few weeks for a few months, you will be surprised at how far you come and that your goals will be the cornerstone of the habit – a habit of success.