by Woodrow Wollesen
1. Write It and Measure It
As in most things — whether, business or personal –proper and well thought out planning and goals are required first steps. Resolutions should be both specific and measurable where responsibility for outcomes as well as accountability leave no room for ambiguity.
“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill
2. Make Resolutions Manageable
Leaving out practicality and reasonableness only leads to false expectations and perhaps unattainable goals. Good intentions, hope, and dreaming are valuable assets. However, being pragmatic, focused, and having well delineated steps are far more conducive to achieving real world goals.
“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground”. Theodore Roosevelt
3. Breakup the Goals
Break down the milestones into manageable segments or phases. Better to achieve in increments with singular focus than to get side tracked in many simultaneous directions.
“The processes used to arrive at the total strategy are typically fragmented, evolutionary, and largely intuitive.” James Quinn
4. Celebrate the Victories
Celebrate the milestones, learn from mistakes or errors, and put past miscalculations away. Such serve no purpose except to sharpen one’s vision and add to the determination to move aggressively forward.
“In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.” Mao Zedong
5. Always Question How and Where You’re Going
Always introspectively question why, how, and what. By definition the journey will be one of changing landscapes. Staying on course means ongoing reevaluations to ferret out the best methods, pathways, and means to achieve goals. Without the requisite knowledge for best business practices and financial acumen the enterprise journey not only becomes difficult, but as statistics demonstrate most likely fatal.
“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Voltaire
6. Seek Help and Input from Others
It’s what you think you know, in fact do not know (usually by intention or arrogance) that will come back to haunt. Be receptive to learning more. Aggressively seek out help, advice, and support from any and all quarters. Never forget that in virtually all things “it still takes a village.”
“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” Warren Buffett
7. Keep Things Simple and Interesting
Complication is an enemy in disguise regardless of how handsomely packaged. Keep it as simple and straight forward as possible. It makes it easier for you. More importantly, it helps and fortifies your partners and others in support toward mutual goal attainments.
“Keep it simple, clear and memorable.” Richard Branson
8. Stay Consistent
Consistency might be boring, but routines are the real stepping stones for success. Resolve and focus are self-fortifying partners when such become automatic daily shadows in motion.
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals”. Jim Rohn
9. Hold Yourself and Others Accountable
“Accountability breeds response-ability.” Stephen Covey
10. There will Always be a Premium on Creativity
There are usually only two choices on the road to real world achievements. One is either thinking within the box or outside it. The latter has far more advantages and tends to baffle those who don’t get it anyway.
“Everyone is born with an instinct of success, and ability to make it, but only the ones who think out of the box succeed”. Unarine Ramaru
11. Make technology Your Friend and Companion
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“The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred”. George Bernard Shaw
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency”. Bill Gates
12. Re-evaluate and Revise the Game Plan Throughout
“For every vision, there is an equal and opposite revision.”
13. Package Yourself and the Enterprise for Success
Marketing is everything both for oneself and everyone else. Fortifying with self-belief is the first step, then creatively marketing with vigor.
“Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.” Milan Kundera
14. Don’t Be Afraid to Scale Back, Side Step, or Change Course
There is no straight line in goals attainment. It will always be a twisting road with many unforeseen obstacles and “curve balls” thrown into the mix. Flexibility in thinking and rethinking is always encouraged.
“In real life, strategy is actually very straightforward. You pick a general direction and implement like hell.” Jack Welch
“What’s the use of running if you are not on the right road”. German proverb
15. Be Ready to Persevere
The best laid plans often lose steam, get seriously side tracked, even fail on occasion. Stumbling is part of the journey, as is regrouping. Rising as the Phoenix from the ashes has temporary setbacks or defeats.
“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.”
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