Last week, I started a three part series called “The Art of Goal-Making.” The reason for doing this series now is because this is the time when most people start either breaking their resolutions or entirely giving up on them.
In this series, I’m sharing some tips that have helped me become more consistent in accomplishing my goals. In fact, these techniques helped me go from reading 13 books in 2018 to nearly doubling it to 25 books in 2019.
Today is Part 2 of the series and I share what most people forget when it comes to creating their goals. If you missed Part 1, you can find the link to it below.
What’s your why? In Part 1 of our series on “The Art of Goal-Making”, I shared with you the top 8 priorities that most people have:
I would encourage you to create a vision statement for each of those priorities.
Think through these questions: Why do you want to be successful in that area? What does it look like to “win” or be successful in that area? Don’t get too specific. You can add specifics when we get to objectives which we will talk about next week.
We are a few weeks into the new year. How are those goals and resolutions coming?Research has shown that most people start abandoning their goals by the third week of January. The top two reasons why: a lack of motivation and being too busy.
I understand this struggle. Then last year, I decided to change my approach to goal setting. And guess what? My consistency went through the roof! For example: when it comes to reading, I went from reading 13 books in 2018 to 25 books in 2019.
Over the next few sessions, I want to help you increase your consistency in accomplishing your goals by sharing some the tips that I have learned along the way when it comes of goal-making.
If you want to create goals that you will actually accomplish, do these two things:
Start putting your goals in the 8 priorities
Put quarterly time limits on them
I think you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes!
Back in March, I celebrated my birthday. Besides celebrating turning 37 years old (I know, I’m getting old), it also marked 20 years of me being in leadership. To celebrate this milestone, I share the top lessons that have shaped and influenced my leadership over the last 20 years. You can watch that video here.
Over my professional career, I have been fortunate to have roles that allowed me to hire my own team. As a result, I have interviewed hundreds of eager candidates looking for a job. In this Leadership Training Session, I share some tips on how to make your next interview a success.
There are many different leadership styles and types of leaders. But the great leaders share a few characteristics that make their leadership powerful. Those qualities separate the great leaders from the merely good ones. In this training session, I share the first ingredient that all great leaders have. You can watch the video here.
In his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” Dale Carnegie said, “90% of all management problems are caused by communication.” I think we could also say that 90% of all relationship issues or marital problems are caused by miscommunication. In this leadership training session I share about the importance of praise and some practical tips on how to effectively communicate through the use of praise. You can watch that video here.
I think it’s fitting that the first training session we filmed is also my top post for 2019. In this session, I share the purpose of this blog and also one of the greatest passions of my life. You can watch that video here.
As 2019 comes to a close, I have been reflecting on this past year. There are so many things I am grateful for: my family and friends, starting the Shawn Welch Company, and this blog, Your Leadership Coach.
It’s hard to believe that 11 months ago we launched this leadership development blog and since the very first post back in February, I have been blown away at the response. There are so many aspiring leaders who are yearning to grow and take their leadership development to the next level.
As the sun is setting on 2019 and we will soon ring in the new year, I want to celebrate this inaugural season of Your Leadership Coach by counting down our top 10 posts of the year.
Public speaking is one of the top 3 fears that Americans have, and I can relate to that fear. I’ve been speaking in public for 20 years and I’m sure I’ve given well over 100 speeches since then. I still get nervous before going on stage, but over the years I have developed some tips and tools that have helped me become a better public speaker. You can watch that video here.
Every year I choose one word that serves not as a replacement to my goals, but as a complement to them. This word becomes my theme for the year and provides vision, direction, and focus. Here’s my word for 2019.
Many people ask me if they have what it takes to be a leader. That’s a good question, but the better one to ask is “Can anyone be a leader?” In this training session, I answer that question and discuss why I know you have what it takes to be a leader even though I have never met you. You can watch that video here.
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – President Harry S. Truman. Effective leaders read and they read often. Over the last few years, I have become a more avid reader and I share some of the books that have significantly shaped and influenced my leadership. It’s my hope that these books will aid in your leadership development as they have mine. You can watch that video here.
I know many aspiring leaders who want to become more avid readers but there are so many leadership books out there and they don’t know where to begin. In this book recommendation series, I share numbers 3-5 of my top 10 leadership books of all time. You can watch that video here.
What is one leadership skill that you feel is very underrated? Be thinking about that…we’ll come back to it in a moment, because I’d love to hear what you think.
In this leadership training session, I share my thoughts on one of the most underrated leadership skills. One that is often overlooked, but incredibly powerful when developed and utilized. And I learned more about it by reading Bob Tiede’s newest book, “Now That’s a Great Question”
Are you a benevolent dictator? Are you likable and kind, but making things all about you?
Great leaders ask questions. This helps your team think for themselves instead of relying on your opinion all the time. And that produces great results in the long run.
A few favorite quotes:
“Bob’s 4 most favorite questions: What do you think? What else? What else? What else?”
“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” -David Augsburger
Great leaders build influence through relationships.
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