Last week we started the Sunday Leadership Development Series with Goal setting as the first theme.
“A goal is like a dream set to paper”….when you write down what you want, are clear and specific, you are more likely to achieve that goal. Once you have set your goal, believe in your ability to achieve it and make progress and take action.
The Secret to Achieving your Goal!
Here it is…. Once you are taking action, the number one secret to reaching your goal is to surround yourself with people who will support you and to BE AWARE of those individuals more interested in finding fault. There are many examples of people who reached their dream but who had failed again and again and others who were told that they were not ever going to be successful.
Do not let others change your goals!
As a leader, there are two key pieces here.
- Do not let other people tell you who you are or the quality of your goals and dreams. Surround yourself with people who lift you up and make you want to be a better person. These people will support you in achieving your most important goals.
- You – be the kind of person who is supportive of others. Kouzes and Posner’s, authors of the Leadership Challenge, call this leadership practice, “Encourage the Heart.” When we recognize and support the contributions of others, and celebrate the values and victories, we all move forward towards our goals.
List 2-3 people who can help you achieve your goals. If you can, share your goals with them and how you would like them to support you. You must do the work….it is your goal after all…but it will be crucial to have support around you.
Practice “Encouraging the Heart.” How? Be open to supporting others in achieving their goals. Reflect on how often you praise people, encourage others, give support and appreciation, and celebrate the accomplishments of others.
Remember The work is YOU
With that information in your mind, go and have a great week!