Our growing outsourcing community has just started a new year. Hopefully a year full in challenges, new brilliant ideas and great opportunities. And we tend to set our objectives at the beginning of the year. But… At the end of the year we sometimes realize that the objectives have not been achieved. No time? No motivation? Inconvenient circumstances? Any other reason?
How many times have you started a new year with enthusiasm and finished it having the bad feeling not to have achieved anything. Or: almost anything. You have promised yourself to give up smoking, invest more time in sport activities and eat healthier. And... That has not happened...
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But it can change this year. To help success happen (by achieving objectives), the following 7 measures are recommended:
1) Plan and set objectives
Just set your objectives, describe the steps to achieve them and deal it into daily activities. Define deadlines as well, otherwise your objectives will remain objectives forever.
2) Start after having planned
Sometimes people have defined their objectives and have described how to achieve them. But they have not started to live it. Therefore: start as soon as possible and do not try to postpone things until tomorrow when you can do them today.
3) Be realistic
For each project to be successful, planning, experience and patience are needed. Unfortunately, many projects take more time than your worst planning scenario…
4) Define objectives understanding the reasons
Do not just set objectives but also try to determine why you want to achieve them. Why
do you want to give smoking? Or to learn foreign languages this year? Whom
you are going to achieve your goals to
– your partner? friends? children?
5) Use networking
You rarely can achieve your objectives yourself, being alone; you need other people to support you. Think who and how can support you in achieving your goals.
6) Think positive
While setting objectives, try to formulate them in positive way, i.e. instead of saying “Give up eating junk food” talk rather about “Eat healthier”.
7) Use benchmarking
Once again: think positive. In place of saying: “I will not manage it”, try to collect knowledge: get information about people who have achieved similar goals to those you have defined, read biographies, collect facts.
Objectives are in fact easy to define and easy to achieve. I am sure we all will achieve our goals set for 2010, which I wish to all of us with all my heart!