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    12 Jan

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    With the dawn of every New Year comes renewed optimism and hope.   I have never seen a study to validate this, but the words “This is the year…” could possibly be the four most over used words in the English language during the month of January.   Why not?  You have 12 months to complete the sentence!

    Last week Shawn shared an excellent Aspire blog article explaining the GROW model.  If you haven’t read the post or listened to it yet, I highly recommend it.    It gives a great framework to get you thinking about how you can take the lofty goals you set for 2015 and turn them into reality.  Assuming that you do in fact, really plan to achieve them!

    Setting a goal is not enough, it requires execution if you want to achieve it, a clear plan with a realistic time table.    We have been long time proponents of setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results Oriented, Time Bound) Goals with our clients.  The SMART goal acronym and concept was first introduced in 1981 by George T. Doran.

    He created a simple step-by-step process to add a few logical questions to any goal that would allow the individual or management team to assess their goal from different angles and make sure it was in fact an attainable goal.

    That said, over the last 30 plus years, the original intent of this process has been modified, tweaked, discussed and debated by management teams, consultants, and business owners like you.   In most cases, by very “Smart” people with the best of intentions.  The down side of all that scrutiny is that the overall message of the acronym has often been overlooked and some of the goals are anything but smart.

    Doran’s original article suggested it wasn’t necessary to achieve every objective in order to succeed.  This is a critical piece of the process that must be included when viewing and tracking the success rate of achieving your goals.   His message was not to get too bogged down focusing on the specific objectives, but to also focus on the wins.

    By doing this you create a mindset and culture that is constantly trying to get better.  That is constantly asking what is working?  What isn’t working?  You don’t get stuck trying to accomplish an objective that isn’t worth the investment to achieve it or it doesn’t get you closer to your ultimate long-term goals.

    Keeping your goals…well “SMART”

    One of the easiest ways to make sure your goals are staying true to Doran’s intent is to shorten your year up to 90 days.   Not really, just figuratively speaking.   But, if you can get yourself or your team to focus on what is attainable in the next 90 days, you are much more likely to be where you want to be at the end of 365 days.    The shorter number of days automatically forces the questions of what’s working and what isn’t.   It also adds a valuable element of accountability to your business.

    This year get your 2015 off to great start, set or review your goals, make them SMART.   Be sure to mark at least 4 dates on your calendar over the next 12 months to review them in detail.  If you want some professional help, feel free to contact us for more information.   As always, feel free to leave comments in the space below.

    Chris Steinlage,  Kansas City Business Coach

    Side note…This week there will be two excellent opportunities to attend events centered around the topic of goal setting.  Wednesday over lunch at Coaches in Overland Park and Thursday morning at Eggtc in Brookside.  Space is limited for both and you must have reservations to attend.  Click on the links for more information.

    20 Dec

    photo by kalleboo

    Have you ever had the experience of shopping for a new car, where you finally decide on THE car that you really want to buy.  Let’s say it’s a new Honda sedan…and at that point, you suddenly started noticing all of the Honda sedans on the road – they are everywhere!

    The reality is that the number of Hondas on the road didn’t change from one day to the next, you just tuned your Reticular Activating System!

    The Reticular Activating System is the part of your brain that helps you filter out the unimportant stuff going on around you…and conversely focus on the important stuff.  Without that filter, you’d be overwhelmed with stimuli and likely lose the ability to function, so it’s an important part of your brain that most of us don’t know anything about!

    Read More…

    02 Dec

    photo by paul dex

    “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” – Jim Rohn

    I had a great discussion the other day with a client  and their frustration with simply not getting enough things done.  This is a pretty common issue for most people – but it especially impacts business owners because they likely have a wider variety of things they have to do and more than non-business owners!

    In this case, part of the problem was not having clear priorities…they had a lengthy list of things that needed to get done, but all of them were equally urgent.  Another part of the problem was a lack of organization…this list of things that needed to get done wasn’t literally a list on a single piece of paper, it was a chaotic set of things ranging from emails to post-it notes to stuff that was just held in their head.

    Read More…

    30 Jul

      photo by Esparta

    I was revisiting some of my older blog posts and I found one that I felt was really worth while.  The original post is called What are your Real Goals and it covers a powerful exercise that will help you look at what you want to do differently.

    One of the traps that we all fall into is more of a wish fulfillment state rather than an honest and actionable set of goals that actually mean something.  “I want a lot of money” is not an actionable or even inspirational goal…however something like “I want to be free from concerns about money so that I can do the things I love” might generate more direction and be more inspirational.

    Take a few minutes to go through the exercise (actually write things down) and I guarantee you’ll get something out of it.  Here’s a link to a form you can fill out for the exercise:  Real Goals Worksheet

    Now – go and find out what your Real Goals are.

    Shawn Kinkade  Kansas City Business Coach

    15 Jan

    When you’re trying to make big changes, personally or in your business, they can often be overwhelming.  In fact that’s why a lot of New Year’s resolutions fail – they’re too big to tackle all at once (and more than likely there are too many of them).

    Pamela Slim, who has a great blog at Escape from Cubicle Nation has a great post here about setting yourself up for a 4 day win. 

    Basically the idea is to take those big resolutions and break them into small pieces that you can successfully complete in the next 4 days.  Then take the next small piece and get it done in the next 4 days.

    3 guys, a camera and 4 days…

    The video linked below is a fantastic example of doing the unimaginable by breaking it down into small components.

    Imagine recreating the D-Day invasion of Normandy – with only 3 people!  It’s a 4 minute video, but it’s well worth the time.

    Here’s a link to the Youtube page.

    What elephant are you trying to eat?

    You eat an elephant 1 bite at a time – it seems overly simplistic, but by fully planning out all the steps that need to be done and then doing something to move forward every day, you can get through the entire thing!

    What elephant are you trying to eat?  Share your challenge here – I’d be glad to help you think through your next steps.

    Shawn Kinkade  www.aspirekc.com