Today I’d like to share a blog post from a friend of mine, The Staffing Coach – Jim Della Volpe. I hope you enjoy it!
Make 2010 your best year ever!
My favorite quote from Alice in Wonderland:
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.
The Cat: If you don’t know where you are going then any road will get you there.
There’s an old story that goes like this. You can take an unmotivated person, take him (or her) out to the middle of a lake, hold their head under water for a few seconds and an amazing thing happens. They suddenly become the most motivated, focused, and determined person in the world! What caused this total transformation?
Well, they suddenly had a goal – to get another breath of air. But, behind that goal were three additional pieces. First, they had a very clear VISION of what both success and failure might look like. Second, they had a REASON for achieving their goal. And third, they developed a STRATEGY for reaching their goal – it may not have been elegant or graceful, but by screaming and thrashing and flailing away they hoped to get that next breath of air. That’s how we achieve most things in life.
Let’s talk about setting goals for 2010 – Sales, time off, family time etc. Write them down, stick to them, and “Be Ruthless and determined (like the guy in the lake) to achieve your goals”. Goals must be written to be powerful and compelling; they must be measurable and have a deadline. You also need to have action steps for each goal. I read my goals daily; it helps me to stay focused or to get back on track if I’ve drifted off course. You must do that too.
Your challenge: Write at least 2 business goals and 2 personal goals. Add at least 2 action steps that you will take in the first quarter that will lead you toward achieving your goals.
Jim Della Volpe, The-StaffingCoach is training / coaching specialist. He combines his passion for mentoring sales and management professionals, many years in sales, training sales management and coaching for his clients. He is the author of $elling Strategies for NON Sales Professionals. Jim worked in IT Staffing for 10 years prior to starting Growing Tree Partners, Inc. in Hingham, MA.
His website and email are www.the-staffingcoach.com and [email protected] .