Goal Achieving Process Parts 4 & 5 - Implementation and Accountability / Repeat Process
I’m now completing my series on the Goal Achieving Process
with parts 4 & 5 here. There are two major reasons why people don’t reach
they’re goals – they lack action (implementation) and follow-through
(accountability). You may have the biggest dreams, and create S.M.A.R.T. goals,
but without taking any action and following through your goals, then it’s worth
nothing at all. You need to have a means and method to implement goals, and
then follow-up. This all comes as a result of accountability.
The first step towards taking action and ensuring that you’re accountable is to constantly surround yourself with everything that reminds you of your goals. A great way to do this is by creating a vision board. Set aside a board in front of your desk, or anywhere in your room or office where you can see the board. Then hang up pictures of what you desire, and inspirational quotes to keep you going. This will ensure that you maintain your enthusiasm and energy level as you’re implementing your goals.
To continue with implementation, make sure you do the things necessary on a daily basis that helps you achieve the goal. If you’re in sales, and you want to double, triple or quadruple your results, then your daily activities can include being consistent on the number of phone calls or sales presentation you make. If your goal is to run a marathon, then you need to run every day for the necessary time and distance that will help you prepare for the marathon. Decide on the length and duration of these activities, and stay consistent.
The next step of implementation is prioritizing your time and money. Are you prioritizing your time so that you are focused on completing those daily activities that will produce results? Are you investing the right amount of money in resources, training or education needed? You will need a planning system on how to prioritize time and money. This is easy to do by using a day planner. One way to increase your productivity is to plan your next day before you go to sleep. When you wake up, stick to the plan. You wake up with enthusiasm because you know exactly what you’re going to do to accomplish this day. If an emergency or urgent matter arises, take care of it, then go back to working according to your plan. Make sure your plan focuses on the 20% of activities that yields 80% of your results. If you make this a habit, I’m sure you will see your productivity increase.
Now that you’ve implemented action plans to take you closer to your goals, take accountability by becoming the person you need to be. Jim Rohn said it best - “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” The more you become, the more effective you become at everything you do, and the more you attract successful people and opportunities into your life. You do this by focusing on personal development and working with a mentor who has already achieved what you want. A mentor or coach will help you stay focused and hold you accountable by reminding you of your goals.
Part 5 of the goal setting process is to review and revise your plans. This will take you back to part 1, which is reflection and evaluation, and you move through the process until you achieve your goals.