March 10, 2011
WHY GOALS MATTER
At the onset of a 2011, people were interested in starting goals for the New Year. For many, it was an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and an opportunity to start fresh. How was your First Quarter? Did you achieve your First Quarter goals? I don't know about you, but I'm ready to start the Second Quarter to make up for First Quarter! (Sound familiar?)
Even though First Quarter Goals may not have been successful as initially planned, it's important to know that we get to reset the clocks just like we do for Day Light Savings Time!!! During the Second Quarter I plan to focus on one thing at a time with more dedication, participate in learning and lessons learned; I plan to enjoy what I do have and have FUN, surround myself with positive people, improve my existing goals and stay focused on my vision.
I look forward to the Second Quarter for two reasons: 1) I get to re-evaluate and shift my priorities to achieve my year end goals. 2) The Second Quarter gives me new hope because it's the season of spring. Spring breeds new life together with beauty, cultivated with the knowledge of what challenges and opportunities exist that will allow me to grow my business and as a person. Just as a child enjoys the birth of wildflowers, I look at my specific goals to decide what needs to be fertilized, pruned, preserved, nurtured, weeded out or replaced. How do goals relate to wildflowers? Look here:
TO GROW AND ACHIEVE GOALS TAKES COURAGE
These are the first wildflowers I detected on March 9, 2011 in the woodlands of my town. See how fragile, tiny and unique each one appears to be? This bunch of wildflowers had to endure a cold, dormant winter, just like me! These blue flowers had the courage to survive underground until the moment was right. Today they are putting on a show extravaganza! Isn't that courageous? They had to push the weight of the world off their heads and pop out to make their appearance known. How does this relate to you and me and achieving individual goals? It's all about courage.
Why does courage matter at all? Because it's the fear of the unknown that puts up the blinders so that we can't see the light or the future. A few weeks ago, I couldn't have known that the beautiful wildflowers would emerge - we had snow on the ground! Had this plot of land belonged to me and I destroyed it, these beautiful wildflowers would not exist today! But there was some magic going on, in the cold, dark space under the surface that I couldn't have known. Obviously, there was a plan in place for these fragile looking, yet very strong willed wildflowers to survive. And that is why I have to re-evaluate and shift my priorities. There could be something good there for the future; it just might need tweaking - or maybe it just needs to be left alone. It's all about perspective.
KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE
We must be careful against letting the unknown cause us the type of fear that creates a state of being paralyzed. Fear is a negative emotion that convinces you that you're too weak to have the courage to survive. Right now the First Quarter was either below, average, or above the standards we raised for ourselves when we implemented our goals. As the First Quarter is about the end, all it takes is the courage to not be afraid and to walk like a successful business leader with our heads held high, our shoulders back, and our feet planted firmly on the ground. It's important to avoid looking too hard at the past and start focusing on the present. It's a great time to reset goals into a management time frame to complete our annual goals. Where do you begin?
80% of your time is focused on the Present
15% of your time should be focused on the FUTURE
5% of your time should reflect on the past
Spending just 5% on reflecting on the First Quarter results should empower each of us to spend about 80% of our time focusing on what is presently going on in our life and our business. The question that needs to be asked is what are the unnecessary things in your life right now that needs to go to the compost section of our brains to provide room for what needs to happen for the vision we created for the future? If we created it - we CAN change it!
Wildflowers don't last forever, neither do goals. As the Second Quarter begins, look to your goals as spring wildflowers: 1) Look for clues; 2) Identify and document your findings; 3) Cultivate information; 4) Have fun fulfilling your goals and your dreams. And by all means, have a very Happy Spring and a very Happy Second Quarter!
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