Business goals follow life goals, not the other way around. Yet, too many managers and leaders don’t get it. They overemphasize “career development,” while short-changing the fundamentals that drive professional success. As a result, leaders become myopic in their commitment to growth and eventually burn-out.
Do you have a life plan?
Have you created a well-formed, written goal-achieving system for personal and professional development? If so, congratulations! You’re in the world’s top 1% of high achievers. If not, then what follows is a simple six-step process that when applied, will put you on the fastrack to achieving your highest aspirations.
Step 1. Gratitude Assessment
Author and speaker Zig Ziglar said: “Gratitude is the healthiest of human emotions.” One of the benefits of a grateful spirit is that it motivates you to come from a place of service. It’s easier to create value for others when you lead with a mind-set of abundance.
- What occurred in the first quarter of 2015 that you are most grateful for?
- Who can you thank for a kind word spoken or a thoughtful deed taken?
- How can you best express your gratitude?
Step 2. Values Inventory
Personal power and professional influence are greatly enhanced when your actions are congruent with your beliefs. U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower wrote, “The supreme quality is unquestionably integrity.”
- What are your top three personal values?
- What are the top three personal values of your ideal client?
- How can you better align your behavior to your core values?
Step 3. Reality Check
High achievers face reality as it is, not as it was or as they wish it to be. Remember the analogy of the ladder that leans against the wrong wall. Approaching your goals honestly will ensure that you’re not only on the fastrack, but more importantly, on the right track.
- In what areas of my life (e.g., financial, relationships, etc.) am I experiencing the most happiness?
- In what areas of my life am I experiencing the least happiness?
- Identify 3-5 obstacles (e.g., internal, external, etc.) that are standing in the way of your success?
Next month, we will outline steps four through six in the life planning process. Remember, think big-picture first, honing and perfecting the mechanics that fuel long-term personal and professional fulfillment. Continued success.
By Rene' Vidal, A six-time NCAA championship coach, René Vidal is president of S-Curve Coaching Institute, a leadership development boutique for top performers, teams, and organizations. Vidal also serves as co-author of Play Smart to Win in Business: Leadership Lessons from Center Court to Corner Office (June, 2015).