On this episode of The Wednesday Call podcast, Paul Minichino comes to you from his office in Winchester, Va. with some special guests to talk about how to stay committed to your goals.
On this episode of The Wednesday Call podcast, Andy Albright and his special guest Jeff Bright explain how you can effectively measure your goals.
Here is a recipe for reaching a goal:
Firm Deadlines (in order to set expectations) plus Specific Tasks (in order to assign accountability) plus Measurable Outcomes (in order to justify consequences) equals Goal Attainment.
The best way to measure your goals is to measure your progress with three measurable outcomes:
Commitment (when dedication kills excuses)
Completion (when winning kills stress)
Consistency (when accuracy kills vagueness)
Commitment as a measurable outcome:
Commitment is not measured by how strongly you feel about something, but by what you are willing to give up. And what you give up may not be as important as how long you are asked to give it up. In that case, you have to only measure the level of commitment to what's required by the situation at that moment.
EXAMPLE: Adherence to containment measures due to the Coronavirus. In this example, tolerance is the true measurable outcome.
Completion as a measurable outcome:
Task completion is one of the fundamental usability metrics to measure success. It's the most common way to quantify the effectiveness of effort. If agents can't do what they intend to accomplish, not much else matters. While that may seem like a straightforward concept, actually determining whether agents are completing tasks often isn't that easy even with a mode of evaluation such as a leaderboard. Doing a deep dive (measuring) into the actions that it takes to appear on the leaderboard is much more important than the results themselves.
Consistency as a measurable outcome:
While commitment is about intention to accomplish; and completion is about quantity within the accomplishment; consistency is then the quality within the results.
Consistency or sustainability is measured by assessing performance over the long run. In life, you can either fail, survive or succeed. For most people, success is fleeting -- they will spend the majority of their life fluctuating between failure and survival.
If you are failing, it means you're not living the life you want, you are not accomplishing your most important goals. Finding yourself in this state or near it will prompt you to spring into action. This is how you get back to surviving. This is the pivotal moment in your life.
If you are surviving, you are already on your way to success. In fact, you may have accomplished one or more of your most important goals. The reason that pure, raw success is so rare is because when you find yourself on the upward trend, something triggers you to stop -- whether you are aware of it or not. Think of it as going on autopilot or becoming comfortable with your success.
Surviving means doing just enough to get by -- just enough to reach a milestone or to win a trip or contest.
Maintaining success, however, means always pushing yourself to break through the glass ceiling above and trying to reach a higher level of consistency. This is done by implementing the following four steps:
1. Auditing your philosophy: find your "why" in order to understand what you want.
2. Focusing on what seems insignificant: do the little things to cultivate good habits.
3. Stop searching for the instant button: don't expect quick results but rather lasting results.
4. Keep doing what you're doing: recognize the actions that gain you success.
"Success is fine, but success is fleeting. Significance is lasting." -- author unknown
MORAL: Success is merely rented and it is due daily through your sweat. It affords you more than money by giving you the opportunity to make a difference.
On this episode of The Wednesday Call podcast, Andy Albright comes to you live from his home in Treasure Island, Fla. on Sunset Beach to talk about how to remove the roadblocks to success.
There are two major obstacles to being successful that you must get passed. They are fear and doubt.
Fear of success phobia - Achievemephobia: prevents the sufferer from dreaming and achieving goals. It occurs when someone is not looking for any change.
Doubt - causes the sufferer to call into question the truth or facts and to become uncertain. It occurs when someone's indecision becomes their new reality over faith and experience.
Reasons for fear or achievemephobia:
Fear of getting what one wants and having to live up to that new standard - expectations become more pressing.
Fear of not hitting the new expectations and having to face the music - consequences become more real.
Getting ahead without old associations causes one to feel guilty.
Reasons For Doubt:
Past failures predict self-worth moving forward (defeat from collapse).
Fake wins provide a false sense of security moving forward (embarrassment from exposure).
Believing success all comes down to luck (limitation from destiny).
Ridding Yourself of Fear and Doubt:
Fear (Ignorance) vs. Courage (Knowledge)
Doubt (Feelings of Inadequacy) vs. Confidence (Feelings of Deserving)
Using the strategy of courage to kill fear:
Practicing relative reflection allows one to find a sense of placement or fit in the world we live. This type of perspective gives us the ability to recognize our fears for what they really are - an unknown.
Taking initiative with a "can do" mindset vs. a "cannot" mindset by making the following statements:
If I could do more vs. If I wasn't so tired
But, it's not too late vs. But, I'm not ready
When can I get started vs. When I find the time
Using the strategy of confidence to kill doubt:
Trusting in the process of today to influence the results of tomorrow by completing the following statements with positives:
Life is ____________, People are ____________, I am __________________
Believing that things can get better through the power of hope. It sustains our actions by providing them breath.
How doubt and fear kill discipline:
Doubt (lack of confidence) causes:
Fear (lack of courage) causes:
Inactivity (lack of initiative) causes:
Becoming Comfortable (lack of drive) causes:
Becoming Undisciplined (lack of routine) causes:
On this episode of The Wednesday Call podcast, Andy Albright comes to you live from his home in Treasure Island, Fla. to talk about the six P Formula for personal and professional success.
Planning is discipline (which creates a habit) and a skill (which creates a competence). This means planning is a discipline that you can master through repetition (habit) and a skill that is mastered through practice (competence).
We have all heard the phrase, "proper prior planning prevents poor performance." It's an old British Army adage that still applies today.
Proper: It is important to have the proper strategy (Sell, Recruit and Build; Duplication, Association and Edification; Have Fun, Make Money and Make A Difference) or the HOW (mission) spelled out before taking action.
Prior: Thinking through WHAT you must do to accomplish your goals with prior preparation enables you to take opportunity when it appears as a great moment to act.
Planning: Planning allows one to organize their list of actions by priority and sequence by determining which tasks are more important. Priority organizes the what and sequence organizes the when.
Prevents: Prevention helps you identify the vital elements or limiting factors of a plan or initiative. This provides more focus and time to be spent on the most important tasks.
Poor: A poor approach will result in a poor effort. Determine the critical results or our what (The 8 Steps) and growth will follow. But, growth (work ethic) can never coexist with being comfortable (inactivity).
Performance: The price of success is dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. But everything depends upon the execution or performance. Just to have a destination or WHY (vision) will not get the results. One must see their how (mission) as a timeless act of performing (day in and day out) with a consistent discipline allowing them to master the mundane by "Doing The Do."