According to a study from the University of Scranton, only 8% of Americans successfully achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. We, as a nation, are notoriously bad about sticking to our goals and developing good habits that stick around for the long-term.
The biggest barrier to achieving goals? Not referring back to them and progressing. The set-it-and-forget-it mentality is the surest way to fail at any goals you set, whether for yourself or for your business. So now that we’re a quarter of the way through 2014 … how are you progressing on your personal, business and client goals? Now is the time to check progress and determine if you need to adjust sails anywhere.
Evaluate, Adjust, Communicate
In this week’s video, I’m sharing advice on how to recommend adjusting goals with your team and clients. The fact is that goals are not set in stone. Whether you are a PR pro handling media relations and social for your clients or an entrepreneur starting or running your own business, you know that things are changing all the time and you have to be ready to adapt. This means that some of your goals may need to be reevaluated, adjusted, or even ditched altogether.
This, of course, does not mean giving up on your goals or setting your sights lower to make goals easier to reach. It simply means revisiting your goals to make sure that they still make sense in light of a changing environment, and that they are actually contributing to the bottom line.
The key to adjusting goals successfully? Communication. Make sure that you are communicating clearly with your team and your clients to discuss where adjustments may be necessary and to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to expectations.
There’s just no good excuse for not referring to your goals. So, break them out and get to reviewing!
How do you ensure that you and your team stay on track with goals? What topics would you like to see covered in our video series? Chime in below or say hi anytime on Twitter.