Like most teams, I am sure you have been assessing last year's accomplishments and reviewing what it will take to make this a successful year!
So now what? Well, in the words of Zig Ziglar,
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
That sums up the next step quite well.
Goals and plans without action are just words on a page. But where should we start? What action will you need to unlock that will really drive personal performance? What’s the most important behavior that will help you hit your goals? When you really think about it, goals are created to establish new habits, and habits are ingrained behaviors.
Here are five tips to get you or your team’s action plan and behaviors on track for 2020:
- Boil your goals down into categories like; new business, personal income, savings, professional development, relationship or family and bucket list items. This will help you simplify the focus.
- Drill into each category to find what specifically needs to change. Do you have to embrace a new attitude so you see the impact of making the change in order to keep your focus? Or, do you have to change a specific behavior that will put you in a better position to execute your goal? Or do you fully believe in your goals and have your behavior plan in place, but you need to learn a new technique or process in order to become truly effective?
- Get to the root cause. Figure out what specific action (the kitchen sink) you or your team members will have to start or stop doing in order to unlock the biggest end result.
- Set traps for yourself. Behavior patterns are ingrained so sometimes you have to force yourself to take action to change behavior.
- Measure and track if the activity is occurring as planned and if it’s moving you toward the intended result.
- Be patient and reward yourself for taking action. Change does not happen overnight, it takes 66 days for a new behavior to become a habit. And, if you manage change properly by focusing on behaviors, you should be rewarded for doing what you set out to do. The result may not happen right away but if you stick with your behavioral plan, it will.
Sit with your team members and understand their goals. Help them connect how the achievement of their goals will help the team and the company succeed. Invest in helping them achieve new attitudes, embrace new behaviors and learn new techniques. Click here to learn more about how to integrate Behaviors, Attitudes and Techniques>>