Growth is Intentional – 6 Steps for Success

How are you going to grow in 2017?

How are you going to grow in 2017?

It’s time again to start planning for a successful 2017. Are you ready? What are you doing to prepare for a successful year?

It’s well known that most new year’s resolutions fall by the wayside soon after the new year roles around. A 2015 study from the Statistic Brain Research Institute revealed that 45 % of Americans usually set New Year’s resolutions, with only 8 % succeeding in reaching their goals.

The question for us today is, “What do we need to do to put ourselves in the 8 % group?”

Make goals appropriate…

Whether it is getting in shape, writing a book, starting a business, or getting that new position, we should set growth objectives that make sense for us. For example, I enjoy cycling, running, and swimming, but I’m not a triathlete. So signing up for a full Ironman event in 2016 is probably not the best goal to set. The amount of training and time required is not compatible with my life, but I could start out with a short triathlon event.

Make goals attainable…

Like the example above, the goal of our growth should be something that we could realistically achieve. This doesn’t mean easy. It should be a challenge, but not out of reach. For example, I like to play golf. But I will never be a PGA-caliber golfer. I can get better, but I will never be Arnold or Jack.

Make goals measurable…

To improve something, you need to measure it. A few of years ago, I decided to get in better shape. But what did that mean? The first thing I did was set a goal for my ideal weight. It would be a stretch to get there and would require dedication and the support of my wife. With that measurable goal in front of me, I was able to reach my goal.

Make goals clear…

Similar to the previous point, making clear statements about our growth will bring them closer to reality. With vagueness, we limit our power to achieve. After all, we would never set out on a trip without a clear understanding of where we want to go.

Make goals stretch…

As I mentioned above, we need to stretch ourselves. Growth that is easy is probably not worth our time. A goal that we can reach too easily doesn’t provide much inspiration, and likely won’t keep our attention long.

Make goals visible…

Write out what it is that you want to achieve. By putting our goals on paper and visually tracking our progress, we build momentum and energy. When I was losing weight, I tracked, not only my weight, but also my BMI and a few other measures. Seeing the progress visually helped me to stay on track when I was tempted, and also kept me motivated to push through when I hit plateaus throughout the process.

So how will you grow in 2017?

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