American Author, Kenneth Blanchard wrote, “When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” His words are profound. When goal setting (as many people do at the beginning of the year), this quote prompts the question, are you interested or committed?
One of the key tools I use consistently to achieve results in my business and in other areas of my life is my Business Blueprint, which is now our Excelleration App. It is an existence system that I not only use, but show my clients in how to scale their business and how they will influence other areas of their life consistent with their Contribution in the World. The Excelleration App has made it even easier to work with their teams so everyone is on the same page, moving in the same direction.
On one occasion, I had a client who had identified a number of goals in various areas of his life. In some areas he didn’t produce the results he intended. I asked him to reflect on those areas and to ask himself if he was merely interested or committed in each area. He stopped and reflected a moment. A light bulb went on giving him a new level of freedom in choosing the domains of life (or areas of life) he was committed to influencing.
When developing your goals this year, the answer to the question, “Are you interested or committed?” can provide a new insight in what goals you write down. Consider that:
Interested starts exercising every January
Committed makes health a way of life making consistently good food choices, scheduling time for workouts, and focusing on wellness.
Interested reads a book
Committed consistently applies the book’s principles or steps
Interested likes the idea of scaling a business
Committed writes down a plan, consistently takes action to execute the plan, and tracks their results
If you are committed to reaching your goals this year, identify the domains of life (or areas of life) you are committed to influencing:
Business / Profession / Career
Community / Philanthropy / Volunteerism / Citizenship / Advocacy
If you’re using our Excelleration App, first enter the domains you want to influence. Once you identify the domains, you’ll be able to set up the Goals for that particular domain of life.
P.S. The best place to start goal setting is creating foundational focus areas, like your Contribution, Vision, Mission, and Values to name a few. That way, you’re aligning the domains and goals with your desired future. If you haven’t designed your focus areas, pick up Me, Myself, and Why? The Secrets to Navigating Change. There are a number of exercises to identify your vision and values.
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