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With all eyes on London’s Olympics this month, it’s compelling to look inward and reflect: am I the best I can be, professionally as well as personally?
We collectively hold our breaths watching Olympic athletes give the performance of their lives, knowing that they’ve spent years with one goal in mind. Day after day, their motivation, single-mindedness, discipline and dedication leave us awestruck and inspired.
Some athletes move on to yet other competitions, while others transition to a life among us mere mortals. But the Olympics is a quadrennial reminder to take our psyche out for a needed airing.
What are we made of? What is our passion?
Safe to say, most of us won’t set athletic records, but we all possess determination and desire to do our personal best. Just like athletes, setting goals is a good place to start for working professionals. Having goals, meeting them, editing and revisiting the list can energize — or re-energize — your professional aspirations, either this quarter, this year or in four years (think Rio!).
A number of goal-setting formulas are available to help distill and outline goals for your practice (for a start, try Mindtools.com). A popular system called SMART helps set the stage for thinking through your goals and, more importantly, putting them down on paper.
Some considerations to get you started:
A great resource I found was written by Alyssa Gregory, the founder of Small Business Bonfire, a community for small business owners to share information. She writes on small business issues and offers up general advice as well as concrete help like worksheets to get you started with your SMART goals.
But goals are just talk unless you bring your mental game, just like the athletes. You – and only you – bring the necessary passion and focus to your work.
Entrepreneurial success, argues writer and tech pioneer Naveen Jain, relies on fine-tuning those psychological qualities, like following your gut instinct, listening to your inner voice and committing to the hard work you know it will take to reach your goal.
So a medal is not in your future? With goals and training, success still can be.
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