It is inevitable that there will be ongoing outside forces that will affect our progress to succeed in anything we do in this life. That is why goals assessment (and reassessment) in our personal life and business activities is an ongoing priority for success. This priority dictates an unspoken mandate that says, “While every lasting success is built upon the solid foundation of tried and tested principles and rules of success, a personal or business plan is subject to factors outside of its control that can adversely affect the outcome. As such, continual evaluation, assessment, and reassessment of goals must be continually reviewed through the crucible of objective critical thinking for both the short term and long term success of any notable undertaking.”
There is a hidden force that is in operation behind everything productive that we do towards our ultimate goals. I learned this as a young boy. I am the sort of individual that as a child enjoyed winding a toy up and turning it lose to see what it would do on its own without my help, and let others take care of the details of things like, what furniture or breakable objects (or individuals) that wind up toy would ultimately zero in on. I was totally irresponsible in looking at the big picture, the affects of my immediate goals (the thrill of success in my immediate adventure-seeking exploits) on my long-term goals (to stay alive and my butt remaining unscathed by my dad’s belt).
The worst sort of short-term goals I had that were related to wind-up toys (or best depending upon your perspective) were the wind-up FLYING toys. I mean it was easy to hide the nick and scratches on furniture legs and floor objects. I mean, what adult looks down at the floor all the time or at the legs of furniture and bottom of floor vases? Right? But those flying toys! Now, that was a different thing. If my mom had ever found out just how many breakable things my aviation test flights crash landed into that were at or near an adult’s eye level, I fear that I may not have made it out of childhood, if at all, without severe physical consequences. This is leading to my point, I promise.
Unfortunately for most individuals we counsel, and especially small businesses, there is a pervasive mentality to just ‘wind it up and turn it lose’ to see what will happens in life and in business. I think this is probably because of most people’s uncertainty about proper planning and execution strategies to accomplish what they most hope to accomplish. In a nutshell, the vast majority of people just simply fail to plan properly or to lay out their strategy in detail which takes into account the possibility for the variables that INVARIABLY take place in life and in business.
Because I have always been the ‘tip back in the chair’ sort of individual (at least that is what people tell me), I guess that is part of why I thrive as an entrepreneur. I just love the thrill of the adventure that comes with the exploration, creation, and execution of enterprise and industry. I DOOOO LOVE to ‘wind it up and turn it lose’, but fortunately I grew out of that “just wind it up and turn it lose” mentality in many respects. Now I take the time and effort to explore all the options related to my decision to move forward. Believe me, I have made some very costly errors – personally and financially – in my life, so I can speak from VAST experience in respect to the affects of a lack of scrutiny over plans that can affect people and business.
This valuable LEARNED personality trait comes out especially in my passion as a business coach and in my career as a consultant. I am known for being almost anal when it comes to detail in helping clients fully recognize where they are, what got them there, the damage it is doing to their lives and/or business, and in detailing how to most effectively change their circumstances in positive and purpose-filled ways that will ultimately lead to their success in every area of their life.
In my own defense (truth be told), there are far too few coaches now-a-days – especially online – that really take the time to dig below the surface in a client’s life – choosing rather to make the most bucks in the least amount of time with their clients and giving them a canned pitch and boilerplate plan to get them out of the situation that they feel stuck in – even when the plan is not ideally suited for a client’s particular situation.
Before you think me over-critical of my fellow coaching professionals, let me say in all of our defense that there are specific guidelines and processes for various coaching or consulting situations that can be applied to almost every situation that address probably 75% of the problems that typically cause adverse circumstances or situations in any given situation. My purpose for goals assessment (and periodic reassessment) in our coaching processes is the result of an over-compensation that has been a part of our coaching guidelines.
Our guidelines have historically used micromanagement with clients – probably more than is typically necessary – especially for business turn-around consulting services. In some instances, clients have said that it feels as if we have put them on restriction. Our ‘putting them on restriction’ is most always only until they learn to recognize and successfully address those situations in their personal and business life that are wreaking havoc on their potential for success. WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE LONG AWAITED POINT OF THIS ARTICLE – the priority of goals assessment if you want to be successful in the long term.
Last month, while having a round table meeting with our organization’s coaches, some Success Alliance Team captains, and some tech support staff, one of the subjects of the day was how we could streamline our coaching and consulting services so that we could provide our clients with a more ‘turnkey approach’ to resolving troublesome areas in the lives and/or business pursuits of our clients. The general consensus was that we did not want to micro-manage/coach their progress as much as we have historically done. It is not that I do not want us to provide the personalized coaching and consulting services that we have been providing throughout these years in coaching and consulting. It is quite the opposite; however, by using the principle of goals assessment (and in our case, goals reassessment), we realized a lot of things about how we were going about our work that were overkill, and that there were ample fail safes in place to protect our clients.
In the next installment of this article “Goals Assessment in Business is an Ongoing Priority” I will share how we worked through an unforeseen problem that was hindering S. D. Ward & Associates from growing and reaching our fullest potential.
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