Steps to Management Success – Step 113: Keep Your Goals Within Plain Sight

Written By Rick Frishman Published April 15th, 2010


Keep Your Goals Within Plain Sight

It’s good to have goals. It’s better to write them down and give them deadlines and action steps—but to really keep your eyes on the prize, you need to stay focused on those goals, literally!

WHAT IT MEANS: The workplace is a minefield of distractions—from the relentless barrage of e-mails to the inevitable mini-crisis of the day—and sometimes, to be sure, it is all you can do to attend to the matters at hand. It’s also true that your boss’s priorities can, at any time, become yours. Nevertheless, if you don’t keep reminding yourself about what you want to do—about your personal and professional agenda—then who will? Just as the very act of writing down your goals helps crystallize them and make them more attainable, so does being regularly reminded of them generate an ongoing awareness . . . which maintains motivation . . . which will eventually lead to actions . . . and results!

ACTION PLAN: Make a list of your top ten goals (personal and professional). Now post this list in places where you can’t help but see it—your refrigerator or bathroom mirror, your PC or PDA, your top drawer or wallet (on the back of your business card). Believe it or not, even if you have not done a thing all day to advance toward those goals, you have done something of immense importance: you have not lost sight of them!

EVEN BETTER: Once you’re regularly focused on your goals, figure out strategies and steps toward getting there. Can you do something every day to advance toward at least one of them? Can you do three things each week? Obviously, there are going to be some days when your pursuit of your goals will be detoured by the demands of the day—but with your list of goals front and center and reviewed each day, at least you’ll be a runner who has the finish line in sight.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)

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