The new year, that wonderful time of the year when we all try to set new personal goals, is almost upon us.
For the overachieving leaders out there (I know some of you: limit your personal goals!!!! Too many and you lose focus. It is disappointing not to achieve them.
How about setting one BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL and focusing on that one? My advice:
1. Make it a measured stretch goal. In other words, don’t over do it, but make sure that it’s not too easy.
2. Quantify it and track it for six months (at least). How much more quality time will you spend with your family each week? 2 hours? 3? More? Track or journal how many hours you’re actually spending. Six months should allow the new behavior to become habit and sustainable.
3. Have someone hold you accountable and check in with them regularly. A friend, a partner, a mentor or a coach will do, but request that they be tough on you!
4. Celebrate your success. A cup of latte or a party – whatever works for you is fine, and will help you to feel great about your accomplishment.