Goals Map-Out Your Actions

Well, it’s here already! Out with the old and in with the new, right? I knew it was coming but so many things happened in 2021 that made me think planning for the 2022 would be my biggest challenge yet. Listening to the news these days, you’ll hear about doom and gloom everywhere. Covid still seems to raise its negative head with variants still in play. Many employees are losing their jobs for lack of proper protocol set by the government or employers while others are using this as an opportunity to branch out and become business owners. That’s not all. 

Everyone is experiencing higher prices on just about everything from staples to Christmas wish lists and others loot and burn as if it was their job. While pushing the grocery cart down the pet aisle yesterday, I noticed shelves were almost bare while the posted sign read, LIMIT TWO PLEASE and then later I noticed that my favorite salad at a national chicken place down the street had raised the price. They’re really forcing us to change our plans. I never thought in a million years that I would see things change so quickly. Unfortunately, it has. If you haven’t decided what you need to accomplish in 2022, it should be your IMMEDIATE goal today. So, set your mind in the right direction. 

When you think better, you’ll plan better. I’ve said it before, “Successful people plan.”  Find your pad of paper and pen and let’s get started NOW. By now, successful people have probably already decided what their goals are. They plan early and maneuver or change their goals when appropriate. You might think you don’t have time to plan because you kind of know what you want to do. That’s not really a plan. Maybe things kept you from working on goals for the New Year. I get it, but it’s never too late to start planning, especially when what you’ve planned to do doesn’t seem to be working. 

Problems or negative people within your business can distract you, but don’t let them side-track or stop you from planning and completing your business and personal goals. Maybe you wanted to add a new product or technique to your business. Put a pencil to it first. On your yellow pad of paper, make two columns, PROS and the CONS, listing all the benefits of the DO’s and DON’TS in those separate columns. If financing what you want to accomplish in the New Year is a problem, see what creative ways you can use to secure the financing. I’ve found that works very well for me. Word of warning though. Don’t let the plan you decide to implement be in control of your time. You are in control of your plan. After you decide what your goal is for 2022, divide it up into smaller parts. Adding a completion date to each of the things you want to accomplish is an important part of planning. Sometimes, a plan needs to be tweaked to make it work. So don’t overwhelm yourself in planning your goals for this year. Making a goal that is too large to complete in 2022 might need to be planned in stages and completed over 12-18 months or more. It’s your goal, so plan accordingly. Okay, back to dividing up goals into smaller pieces.

Smaller goals are easier to achieve each day, week, or month instead of trying to accomplish it quickly. Excessive stress can make you sick and kill any desire to complete your goals. Suppose for the moment that you were planning a trip from the East to West coast by car. Most certainly, the trip couldn’t be completed in one day, so you would divide up your trip by pre-planning your stops at certain cities across the country without pushing yourself every day. So, look at your 2022 goals as your trip to success. Map your actions and goals as if it’s a trip across country. If you’re implementing a new technique, get started by planning to meet with someone whose offering it. If you don’t start on your road to success, you’ll not accomplish what you wanted to by the end of the year.

My friend, Les Brown, a renowned speaker, and author, said it best, “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” Here’s what Tony Robbins says, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Wonderful advice. So, make 2022 come to life by setting your goals and mapping your road to success.

See you next time.

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D. J. Harrington is an author, journalist, seminar leader, international trainer, and marketing consultant. He works primarily with customer service personnel, and his clients include such world-class companies as General Motors, DuPont, Caterpillar, and Damon Corporation. He may be reached at 800-352-5252. E-mail: dj@djsays.com. 52 weeks a year, we are as close as your telephone.