This year can be your best year yet or . . . perhaps you will fall right back into the same routines from last year. How do some leaders carry their projects to the finish line while others get close to the goal and fizzle out? How do some leaders continue working hard to take their idea to the next level? And how do leaders push personal, professional, or ministry ideas to completion breaking through to ultimate success?
Here are five strategies that I’ve found helpful when setting goals and carrying them through to completion.
Write it down.
Pull out your Moleskine, open a new note on your iPhone, or simply find a napkin and begin defining what success will look like in your next year. Break it down and define each stage of success. Are your goals what Peter Drucker defines as SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound)? What are your first downs? How do you go for two points? What is a touchdown and ultimately what is a win? I love the saying, “What gets measured gets done.” Writing down your goals may seem trivial, but stop and do it so you know where you’re going.
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