What Comes Next After Setting Goals? Taking Action!

Setting Smart GoalsNow that we have all set our goals for 2016 and we all know how to set goals right?

SMART goals

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Tangible

Now the more difficult work begins. This is taking action, implementation and execution.

The absolute and most important item is to start – actually take that very first step. For many people this never happens. They are locked out by their fears. Real or imagined this is the biggest reason people never act on their dreams, even when they have a great idea or concept, their fear holds them back from even getting started.

A funny thing happens though once you take that first step and then the second step. You feel ‘Big Mo’ which is this feeling of Momentum. Once you get moving you don’t want to stop!

This is not to say that every single day will be a walk in the park! By staying in touch with your ‘why’ you are able to push through the obstacles, the brief failures and the changes in planning and action steps which will invariably take place. It is one of the most critical steps to take is to define your why.

You might be working on a specific project alone or with a team, or running your own business, but you cannot permit distractions to enter into the mix. There is a need to stay completely focused once you know your why and your goals to achieve. Now it is time to take action and to implement. Do not allow yourself to become distracted. Do not minimize the effort this will take! Distractions are everywhere – all around us.

The key is to remain completely focused!

It is an excellent idea to create a plan. The question is will you be open to change it? The key is your why, keep your 2016 goals and these remain solidly in front of you. The plan must remain flexible. Once it is clear the plan is not working, then it is time to create a new plan – without delay.

How familiar are you with your lid? Where do you lack a skill or where are you not as good as others? Do you recognize that by not having the awareness of the areas where you have a lid – you are holding back your organization? It is not only that you are leading the charge, you are holding others down who report to you and look to you for guidance and mentorship.

In closing, the way to make certain you are taking action, implementing and executing is to create accountability. You might have a person who will partner with you and become accountability partners with each other. You might participate in a Mastermind Group which adds a component around accountability. Choose an accountability method which works for you and keep this appointment regularly.

Be Intentional each day – get started with the 7 Day Experiment with John C. Maxwell.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced, certified coach and CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consultancy based in Stamford, CT.