Choosing Your Destination

How do you know when things are going great?

The answer is, we don’t. Or better yet, too often we don’t.

You know when things are going great by measuring your achievements against goals. Unfortunately, I see people all the time that don’t take goals seriously enough.

One of the biggest challenges we face when setting goals is our ability to forget. Write your goals down. Have a clear understanding of where you’d like to your business to be.

It’s unfortunate where you’re not “goals-scoring.” Don’t miss out on opportunities to recognize where you’re doing well. On the other hand, don’t have false sense of accomplishment. Make sure you know where you can do better.

How do you define a goal? It must have three characteristics:

  1. It must be specific.
  2. It must have a date for completion.
  3. It must be realistically achievable.

Early on in my career, someone told me that a goal is just a dream with a date on it. I remember the late Gary Carter telling me once that he set a goal to make it to the Majors by the time he was 21. Guess what? With specific focus on how he was going to improve his game, he made it by age 20.

What will your destination be?

A variation of this post originally appeared in The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports


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