There is perhaps no research finding in the field of organizational psychology that has been more solidly established than the value of setting goals. Moreover, the type of goal that you set is very important. If you sift through all of the research, goal setting can be boiled down to three main tenets:
With this in mind, I would like to share with you a simple--and extremely effective--framework you can use for setting your goals (and helping others craft theirs). If fact, when used correctly, you can throw out all of the other goal-setting frameworks you have tried in the past.
The process consists of three components:
1. Think Big
2. Act Small
3. Move Quick.
You always want to Think Big and never want to sell yourself short through only setting small goals. When you do, you reach for less than what you are capable of doing. Think Big is about defining your ultimate goal--a major accomplishment that you're after. Act Small is the series of milestones you set that you must hit along the way. Move Quick is the timeline you put in place to follow. Timelines are proven to increase goal attainment.
The Act Small goals are a key part of what makes this framework so effective, since they provide specificity and serve as guideposts towards your ultimate goal. As you achieve each of these sub-goals, you build momentum and increase your confidence in yourself which motivates you to Move Quick.
As you can see, BSQ allows you to set the best type of goals: specific goals that are difficult--but achievable--and time bound.
Look at the table below, let's pretend you want to open a new restaurant.
The Think Big is not only opening a successful restaurant, but also defining your timeframe to do so. Then each of the Act Small components has a targeted timeframe to be completed. This allows you to easily track your progress and readjust as necessary so that you are always moving quickly.
You will find that the application of the BSQ framework for goals is endless and it can be used for any situation. Give it a shot today.
....from INC Magazine.
Creating your personal brand is a great way to share your expertise with both colleagues and customers. But most people are uncomfortable with self promotion and the idea that it may seem like obnoxious boasting to others.
So what's the best way to sell yourself without bragging?
Be authentic. Your personal brand should always represent your unique qualities--not what you think other people want to hear or see. It's easier to sell yourself when you're being yourself. So always be authentic with who you are. Focus on your strengths and always stick to your own style of communication, whether it's writing a blog post or sharing photos to showcase your successes. Reminding people who need your services about how you can make their jobs and/or life easier is always a positive message that people are happy to hear.
Stick to the facts. Always focus on the facts, not interpretation. It's hard to argue with facts if you say you have a decade of experience in your field, a passion for what you do or a certain number of social media followers. But calling yourself a guru, expert or a ninja invites criticism because you're characterizing your skill set. So, stick to the facts by describing what you've done and what you can do to help others. Drive the point home by providing relevant examples.
Share credit. When you share your accomplishments, always share the credit with those who deserve it too! A willingness to promote others indicates confidence in your own abilities. A combination of always giving credit and generously taking responsibility will always work in your favor. Don't focus on entitlement, but on your engagement with your work.
Stay humble. But, being humble doesn't mean hiding your skills. Just be sensitive about how you share your accomplishments. Always give more than you ask. And by empowering others through your work, you develop a solid reputation of bring both smart and strategic.
Learning how to brand without bragging is the perfect way to advertise what you can do and help others succeed by using you as a resource. It's a message that should always be shared and a #winning situation for all.
It’s that time of year again. “New Year, New Me!” is stated everywhere your eyes land–Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, the list goes on. Everyone has suggestions on how to make your goals better, your body, your spirit, your cash flow–the list can go on forever. But with all those new goals in place, the most important part is making sure you manage all of your time properly to actually check all of those amazing goals off your vision board. Scheduling time is not enough. You have to truly manage your time. Understand that it is relative and the amount that you have is dependent on your activity and the value you place on accomplishing the activity. Schedules are based on clock time. Real time is based on what you feel you can create and/or accomplish during the clock time. Real time is measured by the time of thoughts, conversations and actions.
Every day your scheduled time is constantly interrupted. But you have to manage those interruptions and decide how much time you will spend on them versus the time spent on thoughts, conversations and actions that lead you to success. The following are skills that you need to master to make sure your “New Year, New Me” goals become a reality: