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TMD: Goal Attainment: Three Essential Questions for Success

TMD: Goal Attainment: Three Essential Questions for Success

 

Two Minute Drill: Goal Attainment –  Three Essential Questions for Success

What’s up Kaizenovators, Happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is all about goal attainment. So, I have three questions that I want you to ask yourself. The first question is, “Am I reviewing my goals at the beginning of the year? Am I doing at least one thing every single day? If I’m running into obstacles doing that one thing, what must I do to overcome that challenge or obstacle in order to ensure that I can complete that one thing?”

 

Goal Achievement

The first question is, “Am I reviewing the goals that I set at the beginning of the year? Am I reviewing those goals on a regular basis?” And if the answer is no, what can I do to start reviewing those goals on a regular basis? What prompt must I set for myself, a calendar invite, a recurring task, or a recurring email, to ensure that I’m reviewing my goals regularly?

Secondly, am I doing at least one thing every single day? At least one thing every single day that’s moving me closer to achieving that goal? One thing, at least one thing.

Thirdly, if I’m running into obstacles doing that one thing, what must I do to overcome that challenge or obstacle in order to ensure that I can complete that one thing? In order to get closer to my goal this year, more than ever, I’ve been much better at reviewing my goals on a regular basis and asking myself these questions.

And most importantly, the question is, “Am I doing something every day to get closer to achieving the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year?” And I’m not talking about the normal KPIs that we experience, that we look at every single day in our businesses, right? I’m not talking about those types of goals.

I’m talking about the bigger, longer-term strategic goals that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year, where we want to be in this place by the end of this year, whether it’s personal or professional.

So, make sure that you’re reviewing your goals on a regular basis. Weekly is ideal. Secondly, ensure that you’re reminding yourself every single day to do something, at least one thing, that’s going to get you much closer to that goal. Thirdly, if you’re running into obstacles doing that one thing, figure out how to overcome that challenge.

That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. You guys have a great week, and I’ll talk to y’all next week.

 

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TMD: The Value of Experimentation

TMD: The Value of Experimentation

 

Two Minute Drill: The Value of Experimentation

What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is experimentation. A few weeks ago, I needed to take my little puppy, Hannah, up to the vet. I live in D.C. and had to take her up north to a town called Germantown, which is about an hour away. Unfortunately, it was during rush hour and traffic was really, really bad.

 

Learning from Experiments

 

Even though I left really early, it looked like I wasn’t going to get there on time. So, instead of paying attention to what Google Maps was telling me, I decided to experiment. I tried a different route to see if I could “beat the clock”. Well, that experiment failed. It didn’t go very well.

I was significantly later than I probably would’ve been had I just followed Google, but I thought I could outsmart it. Speaking of trying to outsmart the system, this past Sunday I was coming back from Austin at my awesome Ultimate Achievers Club event, and my airline informed us that our plane was delayed because of maintenance.

I’ve had experiences in the past where maintenance sometimes means it gets canceled. So, I decided to move myself to a later flight. I was originally supposed to take off at 11:45. I moved to a later flight that was supposed to take off at around 5:30, thinking at least this flight wouldn’t get canceled. Well, not only did my original flight take off at around five, but my flight that I moved to ended up taking off at around 11:15 at night, and I didn’t get home until about 3:30 in the morning.

What does all this mean? I make bad decisions. I should just go with the flow. I think the lesson I’m learning from all this is that life is just a series of experiments. Sometimes those experiments go well, and sometimes they don’t. The question is, are we learning from those experiments?

I encountered traffic again today. I wanted to get to my Rockville office quickly. It was going to take longer than expected, but I took a different route than what Google told me to take. You know what? I got here at about the same time. Sometimes experiments work, and sometimes they don’t.

The key is, can we learn not only directly from that initial experiment that we’re conducting in front of us, but can we learn from the experiments over time? So, I don’t know if I have an answer for you.

I would love to hear what you guys think. Are you experimenting? Are you trying things? Are you just going with the flow? Because I think there’s a lot of wisdom to be gained here, so I’d love to hear what you guys think. So, experimentation is life.

That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. You guys, have a great week.

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