Have you ever taken a moment to reflect on why you achieved certain goals in your career but not others?
If you are at a loss to pinpoint the answer, you are not alone.
Some say being at the right place at the right time, others lean toward working hard every day.
Do you believe it is pure intelligence, certain key talents, or an effective communication skill set?
Yes all of those do play a small role, though less than you might imagine.
After several decades of research on achievement, researchers suggest that people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more consistently, it is because of what they do.
It becomes evident when you supervise a group of jewelry store managers.
The most intelligent, the charismatic, or the most tenured store manager is not always the most successful.
Those who consistently reach their goals have a better way of getting there than others.
How To Reach Your Goals.
Pinpoint Your Goal.
A goal of increasing your store’s sales is all well and good as a goal, but too broad, and ripe for failure.
A better goal would be to focus on a portion of your business, such as bridal sales.
Smaller, easier to manage, easier to monitor for success.
It all starts with a manageable, specific written goal.
The old adage, “You eat an elephant one bite at a time” is true.
Be Honest With Yourself.
It is great to be an optimist in setting goals, but temper it with a healthy dose of realism as well.
How long will the goal really take to accomplish, and how difficult is it overall.
Successful managers don’t make reaching a goal harder than it already is.
Take some quiet time each day to mentally see the steps involved in reaching your specific written goals.
Reevaluate your progress, alter the steps if needed.
Mental simulation provides a window on the future by enabling you to envision possibilities and develop plans for bringing those possibilities to reality.
Cannot stress this one enough on a daily basis.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure.
Unless you measure something you don’t know if it is getting better or worse.
It is a good point to change course if needed, or pat yourself on the back.
Both are often needed.
You have to be willing to be in this for the long haul.
Difficulties will arise, expect a curve ball or two to come your way, after all, that is the way of life.
Something to be said for weathering the storms in life.
You learn more about yourself through your failures than you ever do through your successes.
Tenacity is built up over time through the exercise of your will power.
Time and again, I have seen jewelry store managers achieve success following these five simple rules.
Often it is the difference between reaching your goals or not.
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