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The Long & Winding Road to Reaching Your Goals

February 6, 2018
Aartrijk Whiteboard Long Winding Road to Meeting Your Goals Resolutions

Tools & Tips to Help Drive Team Progress toward Resolutions

We’re well into month two of the new year — have you let all of your resolutions go?  Based on a Statistic Brain survey to determine the success rate of 2017 New Year’s resolutions, only 58.4% of the respondents were holding strong on their resolution goals after the first month.

Did you go out and buy that new Fitbit or outfit to boost your enthusiasm for working out?  Are you now committed to a year-long gym membership?  Maybe the resolution isn’t working out like you planned because you didn’t really set any goals or write down a plan of action that would hold you accountable for your resolution success.

Timeline

I know you’ve all heard it before: It’s not enough to say I want to be fit, I want a new job, I want to learn something new. You’ve got to identify the steps to getting there and check your progress often. WikiHow for Setting Goals goes a step further: You need to put a timeline to each action item. Your goal might be so broad that it may take longer than a year!

Okay, I’m done with the personal doom story. Maybe you feel hopeless at this point because it all seems so overwhelming. I can really empathize. I’m been carrying the same 15 pounds around for a few years and I go to the gym five days a week!  I know the devil is in the details of an eating log, but I’m just not ready to make the change.

If we feel this way about our personal goals, what happens when we try to establish corporate goals?  Are we more successful because we have a team of colleagues who help define, support, encourage and manage the goal?

Whiteboard

Per Ryan Avery, a whiteboard is a very handy tool to display the goals, strategies and ideas created by your team. His short video describes how the whiteboard not only provides a constant visual for your team, but it becomes a “mind map” so that everyone is traveling in the same direction. He even recommends sending a photo of the whiteboard to each team member or client so that you always have it to reflect on.

Having that visual team buy-in and routinely evaluating the status of the process sounds like a solid plan for success. If every tactical action doesn’t go as planned or on schedule, regroup but keep moving forward.

Hmmm, I’m feeling a little more inspired, even encouraged. Maybe February will be a good month to start a resolution after all!

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