I am a big believer that you can do anything you put your mind to. I tell my kids this all the time. It’s important because it reinforces that:
- Setting goals is important
- Focusing on doing your best, not being the best, gives you clarity and purpose
- Organizing activities to accomplish your goals requires discipline
- Learning to deal with failure and setbacks along the way tests your resolve and and offers an appreciation of how badly you want something
This week, my son showed me a video on YouTube. For a 15-year-old boy who loves sports, this video was extremely motivational. For an adult executive like me, it was a simple message: if you want to be successful, you have to want it just as much as you want to breathe.
If you have ever had the wind knocked out of you, you know that the only thing you can think about is breathing. The focus is intense; you cannot stop thinking about breathing until you get your breath back.
Imagine if we had that focus and passion at work.
Breathlessly attack your business plan
What if you really (and I mean really) had this kind of focus during the planning process? What impact could it have? How might it change budget season?
Prior to entering your next planning meeting, ask yourself:
- What goals have I set for growth?
- What am I focusing on to achieve this growth?
- How do I organize my people and their activities to support this growth?
- How will I measure success to drive learning as we execute?
Most leaders are in the roles we’re in because of our passion for the work and our desire to make an impact. If I’m right, we are driven by success and should want to focus our planning on whatever it takes to achieve it. The simple questions stated above should make it easier for us to make that happen.