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Are You Moving Forward?

GoThis is a time of the year when many of us look back on what we accomplished during the year.  Did we achieve our New Year resolutions?  Did we move closer to our big life goals?  There are a wide variety of similar questions we ask ourselves whenever we reflect on our success.  It’s important to reflect on our achievements and understand what we accomplished.  However, it’s even more important to look at what our vision and mission really are and how do we get there.  This is a great time of the year to identify how we can move forward in our life.  We then set the stage for even greater achievement after the first of the year.

To achieve anything we have to first envision what it is we want.  These may come in the form of written goals, a clear vision and/or mission statement, a vision board or just a deep sense of what we are called to do.  Being clear on the desired endpoint is a critical step in reaching it.  How do you know what to do if you aren’t clear on where you are going?  This clarity takes time to develop; you must get in touch with your skills, your passion and who you want to be in the world.  Establishing that vision of your future world creates a mindset that allows you to start moving towards it with purpose and determination.

Once you know where you are going it’s time to get moving forward.  It can be hard to create a vision for the future but it’s even harder to take action to get there.  Dreaming is so much easier than getting down into the trenches and working hard to reach your goal.  Part of the reason taking action is so hard is because we of goals think in terms of grand accomplishments or big projects.  Instead take the time to identify the first simple steps you need to take to reach your goal.  This is about what can you do first, then what would come second, then what’s third.  Start with the first things to do and the steps required after that will become clear.

You really don’t need a plan of action that details every single thing you must do to reach your goal.  In fact, if you spend time creating that detailed of a plan you are closing the door on flexibility and new opportunities.  As well, you set yourself up for failure.  If you have a highly detailed plan and a detour comes up that is the right thing for you to do it creates a conflict – do I go with my plan or the detour?  Many then get stuck or start second guessing their decision.  This stops them from moving forward and they end up not reaching their goals.

So look at your goals and ask yourself these questions to get moving forward today:

  • What can I do today to move towards my goal?
  • How can I take advantage of the resources I have at hand to help reach my goal?
  • Who could help me move forward today?
  • Where can I learn a needed skill or gain a resource I need today?
  • Why am I procrastinating on working towards my goals?
  • If I take no action today when will I take that next step?

Moving forward towards your dreams and your goals is a series of small steps that ultimately get you where you want to go.  You just have to take the first one to start moving forward.   As you move forward your goals will get closer to you and you will find the next steps to take in front of you.

What step will you take today?

If you are stuck and would like help figuring out how to start moving forward contact me for a Jump-Start Coaching Session.


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What Happens When You Hit a Wall?

brick wallWe’ve all had occasions where we run into a brick wall at work.  Maybe it’s being denied a promotion or it’s a difficult co-worker that sabotages your efforts or it’s a lack of resources to complete a project properly.  Whatever it is they exist and how we deal with them speaks volumes about our leadership style and abilities.

There are four basic personality types when it comes to obstacles:

  1. Bulldog: This person keeps gnawing away at the problem until he gets through it or exhausts himself.
  2. Turtle: This person withdraws into their shell when they encounter a problem and hide until it goes away.
  3. Sheep:  This person will look around for someone to lead them out of the situation, waiting until someone else shows them the way forward.
  4. Mountain Goat:  This person will look for a way to get around or over the problem.

Each of these will work well in some circumstances but most will not work well in all situations.

If you are a bulldog and keep at a problem no matter what is happening around you people will get tired of your aggression.  There are occasions where you need to get help to solve the problem.  Pushing ahead no matter what will alienate people.

Always crumbling when confronted with a problem will cause people to view you as weak.  It takes courage to face problems and obstacles head on.  People will respect those who know when to take a stand and when it’s time to walk away.  Some situations just are not worth the effort of resolving the problem so cut your losses and move on.

When you look around for someone to rescue you, again you will be seen as weak and indecisive.  There are times when you must get help or direction to solve a problem or overcome an obstacle.  However, make sure you have explored your options and know what help you need before you seek assistance.

People how take a moment or two to assess the situation and look for a way to reach their destination by going around or working through the problem have a real advantage.  You may need guidance to find the path forward but you are actively looking for solutions and opportunities to reach your goal.  This can demonstrate tenacity and courage.  Care must be taken to know if that goal is still the right destination by looking at the risks involved with moving ahead in spite of the obstacles.

Leaders must make decisions about what goals are important and how to help people reach them.  That means being aware of the brick walls that appear in the path and having the ability to determine the best approach to getting around them.  Do you charge ahead and tear down the wall, do you wait for help, do you step back and wait for it to fall, or do you find a way around or over the wall?  Learning which approach will work best in different situations is key to becoming a more effective leader.


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