“Drip by drip isn’t a crowd pleaser, but that’s what makes real change happen.” Seth Godin
One of our clients, Kieoko, works for a global company based in the fast-paced Silicon Valley that is undergoing multiple change initiatives. She has been trying hard to create time and space for strategic time-outs and reflection as a way to develop systems awareness and to do a better job prioritizing her work. Despite her sincere desire to create space for thinking time, she’s been unsuccessful in moving toward her goal. She is busy and has a habit of pushing her goals off or ignoring them.
This isn’t unusual: leaders often have big ideas, good intentions, and are ready to take action—but they don’t. Have you been there? Are you there?
Continuing to develop ourselves as leaders, parents, colleagues, etc. requires finding a sustainable way to take action, even when our To-Do list seems to self-replicate each time we look away. We can take action in small ways that have a big impact. If you are a leader who is ready to take action on things that matter to you, keep reading …
We’ve gathered the insights from the pLink Coaches and leveraged the research of Goal Setting Theorist Edwin Locke to identify some simple practices to help you take action toward your goals. The good news is that these won’t drain your time in the process. Using the micro, yet powerful, move of creating a 72-hour goal, we ask ourselves, “What could I do in the next 72 hours?” The trick is to make one small move in 72 hours that feels totally doable. This creates momentum and encourages us to move forward.
Simple Practices To Get You Started
Regardless of where we are in our journey, continuing to grow and develop—and getting things done—are imperative to continued success. These goal-setting practices help us do both. What do you intend to do in the next 72 hours?
PositivePACE® – Leading Self, Planning and Goal Setting. A 90min session from our PositivePace® Curriculum
PositiveVIBE™ – Personal Vision: A 90min session that supports getting clear about your higher purpose
Coaching for Professionals – A 2-Day Workshop that equips leaders with coaching tools to help their teams develop more effectively. Don’t wait for the annual review to support your team’s growth. Create a culture of coaching in your organization.
Keynote – Positive Achievement – How to create and master a goal-setting practice for continued development
About the Author: Alexis lives in a mountain town, Truckee, California, with her teenage twins and husband. You can find her snowboarding with her family or curled up reading by the fire during the winter months. Her favorite tool for intentionally moving toward her goals is the Five-Minute-Journal.