How Many Objectives Do You Have Left Since January?
Establishing objectives is a thing that is generally done when a new year starts.
By now you should’ve already survived this “virus” that usually sets on 31st of December and spreads with amazing virulence. Many time it goes away as fast as it came and you may have forgotten about it already.
You are going to lose your stamina over a minor virus every year, considering the fact that modern vaccines are inefficient and a relapse is always a possibility.
After a while, we are going to talk about performance evaluation — which will pass as well, BINGO.
You probably received some formal objectives for this year, subject to intermediate evaluation (the best scenario) for when the year ends or maybe for the beginning of next year. Have you printed the new objectives or do you keep them in an electronic format in a safe place, out of damp and light?
You can go back to your daily routine, boring and with no excitement whatsoever but this doesn’t look good!
Don’t let life outrun you without doing something for yourself. We have discussed it before: never forget who you work for.
Don’t allow anyone to set your objectives without having some of your own. The above is applicable only if you want to do something with your life, we discussed this as well.
Leave out the mumbo-jumbo with you not wanting to do more or that you are pleased with the current situation. Don’t tell me you don’t like multiple raises. If you are going to a job interview, even if you don’t get the job, it’s important to participate, test the labor market, to see your current position. No sh*t, Sherlock!
B U L L S H I T, this is exactly how you should read, emphasis on each letter.
„If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” Vince Lombardi
If you feel something is wrong, take a break.
Even the strongest teams demand some time out when the pressure rises, then you pull yourself together and give your best.
The sport and job comparison is so real that many times we tend to blame the referee, the players or the supporters even at the office. Very rare we forget that we can influence our “luck”. It’s not necessarily a matter of talent or about how hard you work, it’s about how much you allow external factors like global warming or local elections to influence you or be an excuse for your failures.
In order to set some personal goals (which can be different from the job-related ones) and to hang on to them, consider the following:
- Decide what you want from yourself so you may see the big picture. What do you want, not what others want;
- Think about having a single objective all your life and if so what would that be. Now you may be stuck on the question “what place do I hold in my life?”;
- Settle few and simple objectives. The more complicated they get, the easier is to let them go;
- Decide what you want to do, not what you want to stop doing;
- Measure. So you can cover a hundred yards in less than 15 seconds you need to measure your progress from one training to the other;
- Establish priorities. In order to say YES to many things, you must also say NO to others;
- Don’t set unrealistic objectives and don’t celebrate before you finish;
- Write down your objectives. You may suffer from memory loss, even if you can’t admit;
- Create mini objectives you can measure in shorter periods of time; “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” — Creighton Abrams. Be careful not to end up eating the same thing for the next 20 years, change garnish, dessert or even fast for a while;
- Don’t start from the tail when eating the elephant;
- Celebrate when finishing a leg (or the trunk) and have a break, so you don’t catch elephantiasis;
- Tell the others about your progress, some gluttons might help you finish sooner or even recommend a sour sauce to go with your pachyderm.
I would like to close with an example of how you can teach a whale to jump high in a circus show.
First, you put a rope on the bottom of the pool and when it passes over it, you give her a small treat. You progressively lift the rope and give the reward only if it jumps over it and so on until you reach the desired height.
Good luck succeeding!
Originally published at bogdan.blog on May 1, 2017.