The Right Team

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All right, you can admit it.

You kind of wish we’d tell you who were rooting for… but only if it’s for the right team!

All jokes aside … there is something amazing during this time of year. Regardless if you are a Seahawks or Patriots fan, you can instantly find common ground with people who you otherwise would have nothing in common with.

You’ve got the jersey on. So do they. Something clicks. And, people feel like they belong.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your ‘linebackers’ felt that same sense of belonging?

They can! Start small… maybe a team lunch in honor of the Super bowl this weekend. You’d be surprised what that common ground for your team will do!

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Moving Beyond SMART Goals

GOALSLast week we took the words we want to use to describe 2015 and turned some of those words into goals, using the SMART filter.

But maybe you’re pretty familiar with the SMART goal guidelines and you are looking for a little more depth… well – you are in luck! This post is for you!

We have the privilege to hear from Coach Jim Kelly this week.  Jim loves to challenge people to discover new solutions to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

Here are some of Jim’s thoughts:

Jim Kelly“Everybody talks about SMART goals, specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and with a time specified. That’s a good start for how to set goals.  But for those who have been setting goals for awhile, a more in-depth approach might be useful.

Understand WHY you’re setting a goal. Ask yourself:

 

  • Is this something I want and am passionate about (feeling-based and intrinsic rewards)

OR

  • Is it something I think I should do/be/have and will need to force myself to work on (thought-based and extrinsic rewards)

We often hear, “do what you love and the money will come” and that works sometimes. But other times, it might be helpful to prioritize extrinsic rewards.

Let’s look again at those goals that we chose for 2015.  Are they goals that push you towards something you are passionate about?  Things that you can’t wait to accomplish?  Or are they “stretch” goals that you will need a little extra push to start and keep working on.

Knowing the “why” behind the goals you’ve chosen can help you know what types of check points and rewards will be helpful to set.

Creating Your Goals

SMARTThis week we have the chance to move into actually creating some of our goals, so let’s jump in!

Grab that list of words you created on how you want to describe 2015. Last week we made sure these were all things that inspire us and not tasks we feel we have to do.

Ok – now choose one of the words you wrote down. Let’s dig a bit- what are three things you would need to accomplish to make that word a reality?

Now that you have a starting point, lets hear from Coach Tim Kincaid, to craft these into actionable goals. Tim is an executive Coach who specializes in helping leaders become more focused, effective, and successful.

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 12.55.13 PM“I like the SMART goal approach, which is a popular model.  Run any goal through the SMART filter.

S = Specific

Vague goals render vague results. Specific means you can articulate the details of the goal:

Ask: What do you want to accomplish?  Why is this important and can you name specific benefits or purposes? Who is involved and who will benefit? Where is the location? Which requirements and constraints are anticipated? 

 

M = Measurable

How you will quantify or measure the outcome.

Ask: When the goal is accomplished, state how you will know – what will be different?

What gets measured gets done!

 

A = Actionable / Attainable

State how the goal will be accomplished and results attained.

Ask: What actions are necessary or possible to accomplish the goal?

 

R = Relevant / Realistic

The goal is directly relevant to desired outcome and is a goal that truly matters. The goal also is realistic. It may cause you to really “stretch” but also has a realistic chance of success.

 

T = Time-bounded

A SMART Goal has specific milestones and deadlines to measure progress.

Ask: By when will specific sub tasks and the final goal be completed?  

T= can also stand for Thrilling – is this goal juicy, scary and exciting? There is lots of momentum to Thrilling goals!

Use the SMART criteria to turn those three ideas into achievable goals.

And, doesn’t the progress feel GREAT?

Creating Inspiring Goals

Inspiration

Do you have your list?

You know… the list we talked about last week with the three words you want to be able to use to describe 2015.

So, now what?

We’ve asked some of our fantastic Coaches for advice on goal setting. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be getting some great tips on how to set (and take action on!) these goals.

To start, Teresa Wallace, a Coach with over 25 years of experience in helping leaders achieve exceptional results, has given us these tips.

Teresa Wallace“In brainstorming about your goals get rid of the “SHOULDs” and “HAVE-TOs”.

“Should do” and “have to do” goals will very quickly start to feel like work and most of us already have enough work. Besides, who really gets excited about things they have to do or should do?

Instead, focus on how you’ll feel when you accomplish your goal.

Satisfied…fulfilled…motivated…happy.

When your goals are inspiring, you’ll be passionate about making progress on them. This passion will keep you moving forward, even when things get challenging.

Try asking yourself the following questions to get started:
• Why is this goal important to me?
• How will my work (or life) change when I reach the goal?
• How will I feel when I reach this goal?

So, this week look at your three words with Teresa’s advice and make sure these are things you are really passionate about.

Looking at where our goals start from is part of the journey to success!

Welcome 2015

2015Last week we thought about where we’ve come from in 2014… This week let’s think about where we want to go!

The options are endless for what 2015 can become when we choose to be intentional about the year.

It’s easy to feel the pressure of creating “New Years Resolutions”. What if we take a different perspective on setting goals for the New Year?

What are three words you would like to use to describe 2015 on the very last day of the year?

Now, what would you need to accomplish, achieve, change, or become to make those three words a reality?

Put these words/thoughts/scribbles in a place where we can easily refer to.

In the next few weeks, we’ll be diving deeper into how to take the things you listed above and craft them into actionable and achievable goals.

But for now – bring it on, 2015!

We’re convinced you’ll be the best year yet.