Ambitions to Outcomes

Shawn Casemore • No Comment
Posted: January 13, 2014

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that the start of a new year has you considering some new ambitions. Are any of the following atop your agenda for 2014?

  • Helping your employees become more connected with your vision for the businesses.
  • Increasing the morale and commitment of your employees to the company.
  • Delegate more often with the confidence that tasks will be completed at the level of quality and timely fashion that you desire.
  • Increasing the amount of time you spend considering and acting upon strategic business issues.
  • Finding more free time away from work, meaning you are physically and mentally enjoying your down time.

Do any of these sound familiar?

[Tweet “Ambitions are great, but without investing some time and effort into positioning them as objectives, they are likely to remain as empty, unattainable ambitions. “] These ambitions may seem far fetched, but they are possible.

Leaders of Unstoppable Organizations have a simple approach to achieving their ambitions. Their approach is simpler then you might think.

Here is a five-step process they use, and you can use as well:

1. Take fifteen minutes to consider the outcomes you would like to achieve in 2014. From, “more vacation time,” to, “buying a new car.” Scribble down some notes on each – key words, phrases, or any specific details that come to mind.

2. Spend the next few minutes circling or highlighting those goals that are the most important to you. Select a maximum of ten.

3. Next take five minutes or so and write a more specific statement about each goal you highlighted. For example “More time away from work” would become something like: “I will take four weeks of vacation by December 31.”

4. Now review your list and make any changes or adjustments necessary to ensure actions are clear (clarity results when someone not familiar with your written goal can read it and interpret it’s meaning). The key is to end up with written goals that are specific and measurable. Also make sure the date you set is reasonably achievable.

5. Lastly and most importantly, take some sort of action on this goal immediately. Using the example above of four weeks of vacation, go into your calendar (written, electronic, or otherwise) and block out four weeks of vacation. You may wish to engage your significant other in this activity as well. With the time blocked out, book something that will consume at least the first week of holidays such as a vacation to Disney. (Who doesn’t love Disney?)

Now if you think this is cheesy and won’t work; you’re wrong. Similar to initiating change or a business strategy, by setting clear goals, working backwards from the goal to determine the actions to take, and finally taking some sort of action to set your goals into motion, you will achieve them.

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