Keys to ensuring that you are making progress on your personal and professional goals.
Moving forward isn’t the only measure of success as it is possible to be moving forward in an endless circle that goes nowhere. How do we ensure that our efforts are not being wasted? What steps can we take to ensure that our will is in alignment with reality?
We will discuss a few key components to skillfully navigating the challenges of the market place.
1. Measure correctly
Moving forward isn’t the only measure of progress. Like being lost in the woods, we can be walking with great effort and purpose and yet find that we have succeeded only in arriving at the spot from which we started. We moved forward in a large and arduous circle. It wasn’t for lack of effort, but for lack of skill and commitment to identifying a reference point. In business we need benchmarks that track our progress.
2. Identify a reference point(s)
We recently, and successfully, trained our first adolescent driver in our immediate family. The one thing that we continued to stress, whether they were positioning themselves in their lane or preparing to reverse into a parking spot, was that you have to identify a reference point. If we are going to reach our goals we need a reference point tells us whether we have made progress and directs our steps forward.
3. Onward and upward
Most in a position of leadership would say that they have the will to succeed, yet our dreams need a framework in order to evolve into plans in action. Align your will to succeed with a direction based on your reference point to ensure you are moving in the right direction. Honesty with one’s self is as essential as constructive input from trusted mentors.
Growth requires moving beyond one’s comfort zone and progress requires will, skill and chill in to reach one’s goals. The will to succeed combined with the skill to accurately assess whether we are making headway can provide the chill to endure any obstacle.
Moving in circles is moving forward, one must dig deeper to ensure effort isn't wasted.
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Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer, is a contractor, author, and host of The DYOJO Podcast. The goal of The DYOJO is to help growth-minded restoration professionals shorten their DANG learning curve for personal and professional development. You can watch The DYOJO Podcast on YouTube on Thursdays or listen on your favorite podcast platform.