Leaders Set Difficult Goals
Difficult Goals Lead to Satisfaction
When you’re feeling down, science says that you should set small goals. Even the simplest goals, such as making yourself breakfast, have been shown to improve one’s mood and lift you up from feelings of low self-worth. For those that are in a leadership position, you likely have to set goals every day. You have a checklist that you tick through; accomplishing small goals isn’t the problem. The problem is that you don’t seem to be making progress.
The key here is that small goals, while they give you a temporary emotional high, don’t sustain those prolonged feelings of self-worth and accomplishment that most people are looking for. Instead, the focus should be on small daily goals working toward large difficult goals.
Small Goals Lead to Less Satisfaction
Psychological research gives us great insights into how we can control the way that we feel. Science says that going out in the sunshine will help to pick up our mood. There are a variety of supplements and medications that can help do the same thing.
Science also shows that when we accomplish our goals, we have feelings of satisfaction. These feelings translate into improved moods, better emotional health, and overall good feelings of well-being. The problem, however, is that they don’t last. A small goal, like cooking yourself breakfast, can help you feel better, but that pick-me-up will have run its course by noon.
To feel better longer, we have to go after the bigger goals.
Difficult Goals Lead to Long-Term Satisfaction
The hard part about the transition from small goals to difficult coals is that they’re much harder to track. Small goals are generally those that have a clear plan, have clear actions to achieve them, and are measurable. For instance, you have 50 sales calls to make this week, so you do 10 each day. You measure your success and at the end of the week you can see very clearly that you have, or have not, met your goals.
Difficult goals, on the other hand, aren’t as straightforward. They’re more goals of the heart; goals that you understand when they’re accomplished, but you can’t really measure your progress. For those married with children, they may be very abstract like “be the best husband and father possible.”
In a leadership position, your goals take on a similar vibe. Your goals are to be a charismatic leader that your employees enjoy working with. But how do you measure that? You could do long and potentially flawed employee satisfaction surveys, but those will likely be skewed to a more positive response.
Instead, the accomplishment of difficult goals is only understood through a careful attention to relationships and interactions. Picking up little cues on whether or not you are on track to meeting your goals stimulates those feelings of self-worth deep inside you. Ultimately those feelings are much longer lasting and give you a bigger emotional high than the small goals.
Big Sky Collision Center Trains Leaders
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is to train each of our employees in the ways of leadership. The result is that everyone who comes to us with a car that needs repaired gets service that can’t be beat. Employees who are leaders become employees who take ownership of their jobs. Because of that Big Sky Collision Center has more factory certifications than any other auto body shop in a five state region.