Leadership Intentions and Goals for the New Year
Skip the Resolutions this Year
We are just a few days into the New Year. No, it’s not too late to make your resolutions, goals, and plan for how you are going to shape your year to be. Remember, the year is only as good as you make it, and without a plan it’s not going to go the way you want it to.
But while we have been drilled with New Year’s resolutions, let’s resolve to skip them this year. The reason: resolutions are often way too vague, they’re destination focused, and really most of us don’t keep them past the end of January anyway.
Create New Year’s Goals
Resolutions are interesting. They are often set out of guilt (“I should lose weight”). They are often set out of reaction (“I spent too much over the holidays, I should set a budget”). And 4 out of 5 of them will be blown before February really gets underway. So this year, if you have made resolutions, change them from vague ideals, into actionable goals.
As a leader, you have a dream on where you want to be. That dream, or vision, is probably lofty and ideal; there’s nothing wrong with that! But you have probably created a roadmap, a plan, a mission, on how to attain your vision. You have set actionable goals that will lead you closer to the final outcome of where you want to be.
That same setup should be implemented in your personal life as well as in your professional life. You have a big goal of where you want to be, and each year you should be setting actionable goals on how to get there. For example, if you want to be more learned, your goal can be to read 12 books this year; one book each month. If you want to lose weight, your goal can be to join a gym, get a workout buddy, study and implement a better diet plan, drop (and keep off) 3 pounds each month so that by the end of the year you’re at your ideal weight.
Goals, however, don’t just happen. You have to be intentional.
Become more Intentional
Intentional here has two meanings. The first meaning is that you have to make a conscious effort on working toward your goals. The second meaning comes from having good intentions.
Because resolutions and goals have a finality to them, either you achieve them or you fail, many of us subconsciously fail early so we can go back to guilt free living. We’re not going to hit that weight loss goal, so might as well give up in the first few weeks of January. Here is where we need to be intentional with our intentions.
Every day we make a conscious choice to work toward our goal or to let it slide. Intentional action toward your goal will bring about a satisfying result (If you want to read 12 books this year, you may want to be intentional about reading 10 pages each day. If you do that, you will have read 3,650 pages by the end of the year which will likely blow away your 12 book goal.).
Some goals aren’t measurable in page numbers. Some goals, like “have a healthier diet”, are measurable in more arbitrary methods. If you want to eat healthier, start each day with the intention to eat a piece of fruit every day at lunch. If it doesn’t happen, you can make it up the rest of the day, or you can move on to the next. You intended to, but it didn’t happen today. Intentions take the pressure off of the pass/fail idea of a resolution.
Big Sky Collision Center Grows Leaders
Here at Big Sky Collision Center our goal is to be the best auto body repair shop in the state of Montana. We are working toward that goal by being intentional with everyone who works here helping them grow as a leader. The result is that our auto body repair goals are met, because each aspect of the repair process is met with someone who takes ownership of their job duties.
If you are in need of auto detailing, or auto body repair, give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you into the best collision repair shop in Montana.