With three more months to go we are officially 75 percent through the 2012 calendar year and I wanted to recognize some of the local folks in our community who have taken the time to set goals and who are on track to meet, and in some cases, exceed their own expectations.
Typically in December and January I am fairly opinionated in this column about the need to plan and prepare for success and about the positive impact of goal setting. Well believe it or not we have folks right here in our hometown who took the time to write to me throughout the year, sharing their goals, and also let me know their progress and how they were doing in the pursuit of those goals.
In some cases I hear from goal setters who are so committed to their goal that nothing stands in their way. Others set near-term, mid-range, and long-term goals just so they can monitor and manage their efforts and their progress. I just want to say congratulations to the many readers who have stayed the course and who are well on their way to achieving their goal.
Robert hasn't had a cigarette since Dec. 31 at approximately 11:50 p.m. He had been a smoker for 20 years, tried different programs to help him stop smoking but he always went back. With the help of a doctor and some alternate nicotine substitutes he was able to stick with his plan and believes that he will never smoke again. Keep it up, Robert!
Many people had emailed me early in the year and throughout the year about their goal for losing weight and getting in shape. I heard all about their voracious appetites and pangs of hunger and how close they came to caving in. But they remembered that they had a goal, set that goal, and were determined to lose the weight that they committed to lose. There was one example that was really worth sharing. Laura had set a goal to lose 50 pounds in 12 months. The last email I received she was already at 47 pounds with three months to go. Way to go, Laura!
I work with a lot of sales people. Most every salesperson has a goal or quota given to them by their employer. One of the salespeople I have been coaching had set a goal far beyond the goal his company had set for him. Steven set his own goal at 30 percent higher than what his company expected. I am happy to report that by following the plan he created and by committing to the tasks and activities necessary to reach his revenue goal, Steven is already at the quota his company set. More impressively he is also almost already at the extra 30 percent of his target that he is holding himself accountable to achieve. Great work, Steven. I won't be surprised when I hear that you have even exceeded that goal, too.
There are still three months left to go in 2012. There is time to set and achieve your goals. Maybe there are goals we can set right now that will set the stage for even greater achievement in 2013. As proven by those who follow a goals program, having a system for achieving goals really does work. Have you set yours yet?
The secret to successful goal setting includes clearly defining goals, committing our goals in writing, sharing our goals with at least one other person, and measuring our goals at regular intervals. If we can be fortunate enough to have a good accountability partner who will push us to work towards the realization of our goals, we will also significantly increase our likelihood of success.
I would love to hear all about any goals that you have set and where you are in the process, or if you would like help in setting and achieving goals at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's set a goal to make this a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of www.candogo.com. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.