Reading a post by Grant Schneider, "Make a Resolution Like You Mean It" reminds me of a story many years ago. My story involved playing softball when we played on grade school ball fields. We'd arrive early and warm up, spreading out al over the field. The idea behind warming up helped us to play our best softball game for that day, or so it was supposed to accomplish that effort. Warming up was meant to beat the other team at our game that day. Does this carry over into everyday life or work? You bet it does.
Thinking back to that specific year (out of the 25 I played) I remember the coach very well. He was of small stature, but he had a seriousness about him that transfered to us during practice and the games. Deep down I think he relished putting us through all kinds of Marine exercises.
We were given a stapled set of pages with exercises on each page.
The methodology for the exercises was to start small, but working consistently adding an extra exercise each day. By day number thirty, we were doing 30 mens pushups, 30 situps and many more exercises.
The exercises worked very well and we were never sore but consistently built strength, meant to increase bat speed, agility, and stamina.
Grant's blog reminds me of that specific point in time because he begs the question are we setting goals that we can't keep? Are we setting ourselves up to fail? Are our goals too lofty to attain?
Setting goals that are achievable and measurable is the be all end all for a feeling of measured success. If goals can be attained by achieving smaller goals first, then aren't the bigger goals more attainable?
But how can we go about achieving larger goals? Grant asks "Why" we are achieving those goals in each of his points. What if you took the goal you want to accomplish and started backwards?
List the goal you want to accomplish, then write backwards what steps are necessary to accomplish that goal? The smaller the steps/goals, maybe the goal would be easier to attain?
Example - you want to start working with a new CRM. First you'd need to compare CRM's and learn of their strengths and weaknesses. That seems like a length task. Why not start by asking your peers on ActiveRain in the form of a question, "Which CRM's do you use and why? What are their strengths and weaknesses?"
By listing the question so that agents can answer each you've just accomplished a task that on your own would have taken much longer to accomplish to select a CRM.
The same can be done with other products and services in your business.
Another question for another goal might be , "Have you implemented a virtual assistant? If so, what are the guidelines, strengths and weaknesses for using a virtual assistant and does this accomplish more for less $ ?"
Now of course if it's personal, ActiveRain may not be the forum, but Facebook might. You could use the same process to a group of well meaning friends versus the entire community.
The reason for throwing questions out into the public eye is to encourage participation that might make you think differently on a topic. How many times are you stuck on a topic or goal with no clear answer? Are you stuck because you can't think of the steps involved to accomplish your goals?
Are your Goals Attainable? Or are they so large that they seem insurmountable and procrastination sets in?