Action happens when you take responsibility
“At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves - our success is a result of what we do.” — Catherine Pulsifer
In my last article we looked at getting unstuck and moving toward your future goals. Now you are ready to stop saying “someday I will” and start achieving powerful changes. Now that you have decided to focus your attention on what is important in your life, what happens next?
Once you have set a few goals, decide when to begin and what deadline is realistic for you. The only rule is that you write down the goal and that you are specific, and you put your action plans on your calendar. Make sure you have clarity about the goal that you want to achieve. If you are setting business goals, SMART goals help you set targets such as profit or number of sales. For personal goals you can adapt the process that works for you or use the acronym (SMART) as an easy reminder of the elements needed to form a specific goal. SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed) are clear goals. You can use this goal-setting process in both business and your personal life. Remember to be so clear about what you want to happen that you can also see it in your mind.
Action happens when you take responsibility. You can have the best plans but if you do not hold yourself accountable, your plans will stay just plans. Get your priorities on the calendar and break large goals into small steps. Setting small tasks and syncing them with the calendar will help you stay on track. When you complete tasks, remember to reward yourself! The reward can be as simple as a cup of coffee or attending a new yoga class. Sometimes you will need an accountability partner to stay on track. You can practice accountability by telling another person what you want to achieve and reporting milestones to that person. Find someone that you trust that will meet with you for periodic updates on your success. Keep it simple and send them a short e-mail to let them know you completed the project, or you made it to the gym.
When it comes to health-related goals, some people do find the need for a more professional commitment to an accountability partner called a coach. If you try the above steps and you are still not completing the action steps on your calendar, you may need a coach. I am speaking from my own experience of trying to lose weight. I am also speaking as a coach that holds professionals accountable to their goals. Two current clients of mine are authors. The first has just completed writing her book after several years of wishing to do so. The second is just beginning her accountability phase and I am thrilled to be on this new journey with her.
Some goals are just tough! However, once you make up your mind and take responsibility to make your goal happen, you will see exactly what obstacles are in your way. By the way I am half-way there with my weight loss goal. I think I will treat myself to a new dress and check in with my coach during the holidays. It all depends on you, and whether you choose to take the essential steps to create the results you desire or continue doing what you’ve been doing and keep experiencing the same results.
My next article will focus on how to overcome procrastination.
Dr. Carol-Anne Minski works with business leaders and companies seeking ways to significantly increase their organizational performance. She helps leaders raise the bar and maximize performance. Carol-Anne is author of “Focus! Get What You Want Out of Life” and the “Focus! Planning Journal.” For more information, visit focuswithdrc.com/media.
Dr. CarolAnne Minski