Be GratefulDecember 29, 2014
Are Annual Performance Review Meetings Dead?January 5, 2015
Despite it being January 1, it’s best to call your resolution a goal instead; we all know what happens to most “resolutions”, right? Why is that? Why do we start the year with such good intentions and never hold ourselves accountable to make them happen?
I, too, many times fall into that same class of good intentions and lack of accountability, but this year, I think the Purple Ink team has gone through a process that we believe will help each of us make them happen AND help hold each other accountable.
- We set goals. Many of us have “intentions, resolutions, or plans”, but not well thought out plans and defined goals. Our team set a deadline in early December to establish tentative goals – both personal and professional; we met, discussed them, gave ideas to each other, and refined them by another date later in the month.
- We put them in writing and we shared them with each other. This committed us.
- We established monthly or quarterly checkpoints. I’m a big fan of taking goals, projects, tasks and dividing them up into smaller ones – spread them out over the year and work up (or down) to them to make them work for you! A research study conducted by Dr. Gayle Matthews from the Dominican University of California shows that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals.
- We set challenging, but attainable, goals. For some goals we are working towards stopping some bad habits and, others, starting some new habits or trying new things. I think many resolutions are broken because we overcommit ourselves; e.g., we get frustrated that we can’t work out 7 days a week in January, so we quit working out all together instead of gradually working into them. How about 2 days a week in January if you are starting at zero? But, if we make it too easy on ourselves, what’s the point?
So, we challenge each of you to establish at least one 2015 goal. Write it down, share it with someone, ask them to help hold you accountable, set up a checkpoint, and challenge yourself to do (or not do) something new or different in 2015!! Ready? Go!