While February is just beginning, most of us are still in that time of optimism and have a vision for the year ahead. It’s time to review any resolutions you made at the beginning of the year. What do we want to improve in our lives? What can we change to be a better version of ourselves? We plan, we promise, and we commit to correcting the wrongs we’ve done in the past.
What makes a successful resolution?
First, it has to be achievable and realistic. Setting extreme goals will end in disappointment and failure. Next you need a concrete plan of how to get to the next level. Accountability is crucial because having others know the plan will keep you on track.
Let’s think of New Year’s resolutions in terms of your company’s Vision.
The Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®) lists Vision as the first component that business owners should determine, the main goal that you and your team will work to achieve. Your Vision fleshes out the original spark that started your business by defining your short- and long-term goals and establishing concrete accountability within your organization. You need to identify which actions will you change and which actions will you continue to embrace.
Long-term Vision is your end game
Short-term goals are then established to provide a measurable way to get to your long-term goal/Vision. Decide where you need to be in one year and then break it down to 3-, 6-, and 9-month goals or rocks. For each of these, compile a strategic action plan that includes steps to take and numbers to hit.
Check and Review Your Vision
Frequent checks of the data relevant to these short-term goals with tell you if your action plan is working; if it’s not, be proactive and make changes immediately to. Once the short-term goals are achieved, getting to your long-term goal is inevitable. Like your resolutions, your Vision will only be achieved if you officially set your goal and monitor your progress.
Do you find the goal-setting process challenging? Are your resolutions already off track?
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