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Goal Setting

5 or Five Ways To Increase Your Value In The Workplace (and ultimately your life)

Hey friends! Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be favored over others? Why did he get promoted? How did she get that new assignment?  Maybe you have said  to  yourself I cannot catch a break in this work environment, there has to be more.  You have a desire, a hunger for increase, raises, promotions, basically elevation. Perhaps you need to engage at a higher level and your current role is not challenging…in fact it’s boring. Well today I’m sharing 5 ways to increase your value in the workplace which should help to put you on  a path ( should you  choose to listen) that leads to  fulfillment  in the workplace.


  1. Show Up- Go to work! Stop calling in sick every other Monday and payday Friday. I remember in elementary school every morning the teacher would “ call the roll” and we were told to either answer here or present. How many of you know that there is a difference in the two responses? The response Here suggests that I did just enough to get here. I “checked” the box-here I made it now what? The response Present suggests that not only am I here but I came prepared, I am ready to engage, I am “all in”. As I think back even the body posture revealed students interest in school or the lack thereof…..most students who responded Here had a posture that did not suggest that they were alert, interested or enthused about education.Most  students were slouching down in their seats or resting their chins  on their desk or the palm of their hand or even talking to someone else and just yelled out Here. On the other hand the kids who responded Present were usually seated upright in their chairs, looking straight ahead making eye contact with the teacher, books opened and ready for today’s lesson. Coach, what’s the message? In order to increase your value you must Show Up by being present for your daily assignments,  being  ready to level up, and overall  being prepared in the workplace and in your life.
  2. Be Consistent– to be consistent is to demonstrate a repeatable process. In project management when we are developing processes, we aim to build processes that are repeatable so that people can perform the tasks using the same steps each time, thereby yielding a consistent and sustainable result. Your work life should be consistent if you want to increase your value. You cannot be “ the whiner” when things go awry but the “ the cheerleader” when things are good. Consistency is dependency. Can your manager, director, team members count on you?  Are you consistent in the way you deliver your work as an employee and team member or In  the way you display your attitude at work?
  3. Raise Your Hand-in order to increase your value sometimes you will need to Raise Your Hand! We often make the mistake of thinking that our leaders, managers,and supervisors see our good work so surely the next raise or promotion is mine. Not so! I want to challenge your thinking in this area. To perform is an expectation on any job, it is a basic  expectation…., that’s  why they hired you. You earn a pay check for performing. In order to increase your value , you have to Ask  for expanded responsibilities, Volunteer for other assignments (as long as it does not negatively impact your core job), let it be known through your consistent performance  that you have More to offer. Great leaders  like employees who seek them out for opportunities. There is usually more work than laborers and in lean times, employers and employees are expected to do more with less. What can you Raise Your Hand for today to increase your value?
  4. Get Uncomfortable- if you want to increase your value prepare to get uncomfortable. There is no growth in your comfort zone. Recently I was in a leadership coaching  session and we discussed the topic of moving last your comfort zone. One of the reasons most people dread stepping outside their safe zone/comfort zone is FEAR. Our lead coach made a remark that shifted the discussion…she said fear will always be there but we have to move forward in spite of it. We must take COURAGE and do it anyway. Getting uncomfortable signifies growth is coming. In order to increase your value you must seek out these opportunities that make you uncomfortable! What growth opportunity have you been running from? What is making you uncomfortable in the workplace?
  5. Toot Your Own Horn— Stop waiting on someone else to tell people how great you are….Be your own walking   I remember back in the late  1990’s I was promoted to an assistant managers position. I was the first African-American female in our organization to be promoted to this level. I really did not share this news with many people other than my close family members and the office staff. Shortly, after receiving this promotion,   the Senior Vice President of Human Resources  visited our office and spoke during one of our monthly meetings  and she spoke these words, “ it’s okay to toot your own horn”.  The message behind these words centered  around making yourself visible in the organization. Sometimes we shy away from telling others about our blessings and good fortune because it can seem braggadocios.  Tooting your own horn is liberating, it is empowering and is inspiring to others. Your success, great or small is a lighthouse to someone. It is the hope that another person may need to keep moving forward. Although others may benefit from your accomplishment, remember to celebrate YOU! You should celebrate every milestone/ accomplishment.. It’s not bragging its tooting!  When sharing with others  do it in good taste, being respectful of protocol while “tooting” your horn. If you  don’t toot fir yourself who will?  What have you done  lately that deserves a “ toot?”

 

Until next time…..Keep Moving Forward!

 

I’d love to hear your comments, email me at errin@leadinglikeagirl.com.

Career Goals

Career Goals

Do you set goals for yourself? What are your goals for the next 12 months? How about 3 years from now? 5 years? 10 years? What are your aspirations that you look toward coming true?

Goal setting is the first step toward successful goal achievement. It marks your first point toward success. It is what put your life into real action mode. Without this step, the other steps of goal achievement cannot take place.

Have you ever encountered people who have a passive approach toward life? They don’t set any goals and they just live life on a meandering, day-to-day basis. You see them 1 year, 3 years, 5 years from now, and their lives are largely the same, save for a few changes that are really more the result of others’ actions and desires rather than their own.

Below are 6 key reasons why setting goals is so important:

1. Gives Clarity On Your End Vision

As the opening quote by Bill Copeland put it across very adeptly, if you don’t have a goal in life, you are spending your life running around and not achieving anything for yourself. You get the illusion that you are doing a lot of things, but they aren’t what you want. You are just busy fulfilling everyone’s goals. It can be the fast food industry enjoying your patronage because you’re lovin’ it, multi-billion dollar consumer goods companies securing your purchase because they convinced you that their haircare products with 76% frizz reduction is something you need, fashion houses getting you to buy their clothes because it makes you look cool, or you working in a job you don’t love because it is safe, secure and rakes in the dough.

How are you supposed to manifest what you want if you don’t even set concrete goals? How do you supposed to achieve your dreams and visions if you don’t clearly spell out the end output you desire?

Setting your goals gives you clarity on what you ultimately want. It makes you crystallize and articulate the desires floating in your mind. It ensures that you are channeling your time, energy and efforts into things that really matter to you. It makes you live more consciously.

Everything in this world is created twice: First – creation in your mind, followed by the manifestation in reality. Without the mental creation, there will be no physical creation. When you set a goal, you already accomplish the first creation. You have set into motion a decree for yourself and the forces of your universe to materialize the goal in the physical reality.

2. Drives You Forward

Your goals are a representation of your inner desires; desires which motivate you in life. The point when you set goals marks one the points when you are most connected with your source of motivation. It is when your motivation is at its peak. Having goals at your side serve as constant reminders of your motivational sources. They are the fuel which drive you forward and keep you going when the going gets tough.

If I ever experience moments where I lose motivation, I get into meditation mode and focus on some of my most important goals in life, including the goal to turn my personal development business into a full-time career. I will visualize the scenario with full mental clarity, as if it is happening in the now. When I do that, it’s like a clear connection is formed with my inner desires. The motivational energy suddenly surges through very readily and I channel this energy into my daily life and actions. 😀

3. Gives You Laser Focus

Goals give you a single focal point to place your attention in. Whereas your purpose gives you a broad, directional focus to move your life in, goals gives you laser focus on what exactly to spend your time and energy on. Think of your time, energy and efforts as input, and results as the output. A goal acts as your funnel which guides and channels those inputs effectively into your desired output.

When you don’t have goals, you are floating around every day. Your energy is randomly dispersed in ad-hoc activities which you engage on whimsical basis. These are activities that play no role in your larger scope of life, but you are not aware of because you are just living life as it is. You end up mislabeling a lot of ‘nice-to-do’ activities as important. You might also be engaging in these ‘nice-to-do’ activities because you can’t think of a better way to spend your time. Do you find yourself surfing and chatting excessively? Busy running errands? Play a lot of games? Spend the bulk of your time being a workaholic? Spend the remaining time lazing and/or partying away? What’s your objective for doing them? What end output does it lead to? Is that the top priority in your life?

You may have a broad idea of what you want to do. But until you clearly articulate it out as specific goals, you are not channeling your efforts properly. You will often find yourself getting sidetracked because you don’t have goals to rein you in. It’s really quite easy to get swept away by the currents of everyday life, simply because there are so many stimulus out there in our environment. You may get the general overall impression that you are moving in the direction, but it is just an illusion that you are having. With no goals, you have no focus. Without this focus, your input is strewn around randomly to give you garbage output. That is, if you even get any semblance of an output at all.

4. Makes You Accountable

Having goals makes you accountable. Rather than just talking about what you want all the time and not do anything concrete about them, you are now obligated to take action. Setting a specific goal gives you clarity on whether you are living up against what you committed yourself to do when you first set your goal.

This accountability is accountability to yourself, not anyone else. This accountability is what you hold up to when you choose the healthy salad over that piece of fried chicken. It is what you answer to when you spent that hour working on your report rather than random web surfing. When you stay accountable toward your goals, you are in fact staying true to your desires (see point 1 above).

For my blog, one of the goals I set is the number of articles which I want to write every week. When I set such targets in place, I become accountable toward delivering against it. If I find myself falling short, I will take the necessary actions to turn the situation around. I examine how I have been spending my time and start prioritizing across my daily tasks. I cut out the Quadrant 4 tasks (time wasters) or activities that bear little to no relation to my goals. From this, I have reduced considerable time on my biggest time wasters, including chatting, random web surfing, constantly checking my mail/web stats, certain outings which are not as important compared to my writing goal.

5. Be The Best You Can Be

Goals help you achieve your highest potential. Without goals, you subject yourself to the natural, default set of actions that keep you feel safe and comfortable every day. But this familiarity is the nemesis of growth. It prevents you from growing. It does not enable you to become the best person you can be. It denies you from tapping into all that potential inside of you.

By setting goals, you set targets to strive against. These targets make you venture into new places, new contexts, new situations which puts you into growth mode. They make you stretch beyond your normal self and reach new heights. For example, setting a time limit for your run lets you know if you should be running faster. Setting a weight loss target makes you aware if your actions have been effective in losing weight. Setting a career goal ensures you are not settling for anything less than what you desire.

In my goal achievement processes, I have found myself constantly bursting through new grounds and uncovering potential which I did not know existed before. Without those goals, I would be taking the path of least resistance, just doing things within their natural constraints. Goals have made me face and overcome countless barriers to get to what’s on the other side. It has made me much more self aware and learn a lot more things about both myself and life, compared to if I did not have those goals.

6. Live Your Best Life

Goals ensure you get the best out of life, for two reasons.

Firstly, by becoming a better person, your new found knowledge and abilities let you experience more out of the same life events compared to the previous you. Think about how your worldview is different now vs the you 10 years ago. Do you see life with much more clarity, depth and perspective today than you were in the past? What may be a simple daily occurrence in the past holds a lot more meaning to the more highly evolved you today.

Secondly, time passes in our life, whether we want to or not. Goals with specific measures and deadlines ensure we are maximizing our output and experiences during our time here. If you have already discovered your life purpose, your goals will ensure you get the best out of your purpose.

Imagine you are driving a car. When you identify your purpose, you get clarity on the direction to travel in. However, without specifying an exact destination and time frame, there is no yardstick to benchmark your progress against. It wouldn’t make a difference whether you are whizzing at an amazing 140km/hour or a paltry 10km/hour since you never set a target. Goals ensure you are maximizing your life for all that it can offer you.

Start Setting Goals

Ask yourself this – What are my goals for the upcoming 1 year, 3 years, 5, 10 years

If you are to take some time out to set your goals now, I can guarantee you that you will definitely experience more growth as a person. By just spending a few minutes to articulate some aspirations that have been in your mind, you will experience more progress in your life a year from now than compared to if you don’t. 🙂