How to Slow the Turbulence through the Journey of Life...

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Edition 68 - October 20, 2019


Now that you got your values, it’s time to start setting your goals so you can go on an amazing journey.

The goals that you set are important in how you will reach your destination.

If your values are the fuel, your goals are the maps.

Having the right map will ultimately impact the destination of the journey.

We all know that if you take a plane to fly to your destination, no matter how good the plane is before takeoff, it could still be susceptible to crash if proper measures are not taken to avoid extreme turbulence.

Usually before any plane is in the air, in order for the plane and crew to avoid a rough ride, a team of dispatchers and meteorologists work together to come up with the safest and smoothest route based on what they can predict is going to happen in the atmosphere at the time.

Once the plane is in the air, there is a weather radar in the cockpit to help the pilots predict what the weather is going to look like so that they can navigate through poor weather conditions.

By expecting rough weather conditions and creating a route to best navigate through the turbulence, the plane will have a successful flight to its destination.

Setting the right goals in life is similar to creating the smoothest route so that you can navigate through the turbulence that is bound to come.

The longer the ride, the more chance that there will be turbulence; the more important it is to have a good route.

A good strategy on setting goals and creating a good route is S.M.A.R.T.

The acronym is commonly attributed to Peter Drucker’s concept of “Management by Objectives.”

S.M.A.R.T basically means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound.

If you ever feel like there is just way too much turbulence when you try to reach a goal, you may consider being more “smart” about it.

Take some time to carefully set your goals; do some research.

It may help to ask yourself these questions:

Are your goals specific; the more specific your goals are, the easier it will be to determine success. The less specific your goals are, the harder it will be to determine success. (e.g. Goal to be a great sales personàGoal to be the nation’s top sales rep àGoal to close 480 accounts)

Are your goals measurable; can you accurately track your success towards that goal? What tools are you using to track your success?

Are your goals attainable; do you have the resources and capabilities to achieve success? What kind of actions do I need to take to make the goals achievable?

Are your goals relevant; are the goals that you are pursuing related to your overall mission? Do they align with your values? Are the actions you are taking providing you with a majority of your returns?

Are your goals Time-Bound; are you setting a time frame to hit your goals? Yearly, Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly, and Daily time frames should be considered to avoid procrastination. (e.g. Goal to close 480 accounts per year, 120 accounts per quarter, 40 accounts per month, 10 accounts per week, 2 accounts per day)

Even if all the best measures have been taken to create the best possible route, there is always a chance of turbulence that may cause you not to hit the goal. It is important to realize that there will always be uncertainty. Remember that the goals you set is never going to be static. It is going to be dynamic just like life. A goal that is relevant today may not be relevant tomorrow. Whether you hit your goal or not, goals should always be evaluated and reevaluated to keep up with ever changing environment. Just remember to keep your eye on the prize. Don’t lose track of the destination when unforeseen turbulence comes.

“Execution is everything” says Gary V.

Set goals, hit goals and create new ones.

As long as you have the right goals in life, there will be progress.

“Progress equals happiness” says Tony Robbins.

Keep making progress with the goals you set and live a life of fulfillment. During the process, learn to enjoy the journey.

Just my thoughts on a Sunday.