Got Resolutions? What’s your resolve to make them a reality? (Part 3 of 3)

10-9-8-7-6-5...have you started planning for 2012?

WOW! Can you believe it? The year of 2011 is nearly in the books. We will be welcoming in 2012 and with it all our hopes, dreams, and prayers. Regardless of how you will remember 2011, you have the opportunity to make 2012 your best year ever. The great axiom of life “To have more than you’ve got, become more than you are” must start with a plan to achieve your personal growth.

In the first post of this series, we asked you to consider these three questions:

1. What are my strengths?

2. How might I better utilize my strengths toward achieving my goals in 2012?

3. Am I willing to complete goal planning to achieve my goals?

In the second post of the series, we discussed creating your vision and setting behaviorally focused goals using the S.M.A.R.T. goal planning system. Today we will discuss several critical components of goal planning:

  • Recognizing Rewards
  • Understanding Consequences
  • Using Affirmations
  • Identifying Obstacles
  • Creating Solutions
  • Preparing Action Steps
  • Delegating
  • Setting Deadlines

Understanding these eight critical components to goal planning will help you appropriately work toward the behaviorally focused goals to achieve your vision. If you fail to understand each component, then it could be a roadblock to achieving your vision. So, let’s get started.

Once you have your vision in mind, identified the behavioral steps necessary to achieve the vision, and applied the S.M.A.R.T.  goal planning system, you are ready to begin writing down your goals.

Recognizing Rewards – We recommend you begin writing by listing the rewards you expect your vision to provide. Try to make the list as comprehensive as possible. Keep in mind, you can always add to the list as you recognize additional rewards through the process. These rewards will serve as motivators to keep you focused on the behavior change (goal) you are working towards. If you have completed your ADVanced Insights Profile, then you are aware of the Values (aesthetic, economic, individualistic, political, altruist, regulatory, and theoretical) which motivate you the most. As you recognize rewards, review your Values to make sure they are aligned with the rewards. If the rewards are not aligned, then you may not be motivated to complete the behavior change.

Understanding Consequences – Along with the rewards you recognize, you should also understand the consequences of failing to achieving the behavior change or goal. Accurately assessing the consequences and writing down these consequences will also prove to be motivators for you. Often, this step is skipped by people because they don’t want to hold themselves accountable. These are the people who are most likely doomed to fail. The consequences will still occur if you fail to meet the behavior change you are seeking. So, “buckle up” and write them down.

Using Affirmations – Affirmations are often a misunderstood component of goal planning. Yet, affirmations can be critical to helping you recognize success in behavior changes. The definition of Affirmation we are referring to here is “A positive statement or judgment, something declared to be true.” The key words here are “positive statement.” As you begin your journey to achieving your vision through the goal planning process, you need to recall positive statements about yourself. Make a list. Write them down on your goal planning sheet. As you review your goal planning sheets in the future, these affirmations will stand out as bold, truthful, and positive statements about your abilities. Again, if you have completed the ADVanced Insights Profile, then you already have an accurate measurement of your natural talents. Additionally, the profile will help you identify affirmations.

Identifying Obstacles – You will have, with little doubt, already thought about several reasons why you might not be able to accomplish your vision. It’s human nature for us to think negatively about something we want to achieve. You’ve been conditioned to do it. Some people have been more conditioned to think negatively more than others. If you have been subject to hearing people say “That’s too hard for you” or “You’ll never be able to accomplish that” or “You’re not smart enough, or pretty enough, or athletic enough”, then you understand identifying obstacles. Obstacles are simply anything which is standing in your way of accomplishing the behavior change you seek.

Creating Solutions – Whatever obstacles you have identified, there are solutions to overcome those obstacles. Similarly to the process of identifying the steps of behavior change necessary to achieve your vision, you may need to ask for help to create solutions. Again, don’t be afraid to seek the advice of a family member, friend, mentor, supervisor, teacher, coach, or someone who has achieved the accomplishment in your vision.

Preparing Action Steps – As you create solutions to overcome the obstacles, you will develop action steps to make the solutions happen. This list of action steps will be your guide to help you achieve the behavior change. Don’t underestimate the importance of preparing these action steps. Like creating solutions, preparing the action steps is a critical component to achieving your behavior change.

Delegating – It may be and often is necessary to have others help you in achieving your goal. Again, use your natural talents as much as possible and seek to manage around the areas you need help. The ADVanced Insights Profile will be an excellent guide to help you recognize those natural talents and identify the areas to delegate. Many people view delegation as a weakness. In fact, delegation makes you stronger if you are delegating the appropriate tasks.

Setting Deadlines – Every behavior change or goal MUST have a deadline. Yes, you may need to renegotiate the deadline from time to time, but as the S.M.A.R.T. goal system indicates, your goals MUST be time bound. Procrastination or fear of completing a task is often the cause of failing to achieve the behavior change and vision. Waiting until the last second creates stress, anxiety, and often results in mistakes. Set deadlines and seek to accomplish tasks without creating the undue consequences associated with procrastination.

We hope you will apply these processes to achieving your vision for 2012. It all starts with you recognizing your natural talents and making the decision to put those talents to work. If you are interested in learning more about your natural talents, then complete the ADVanced Insights Profile at:

You will receive a comprehensive look at your natural talents, including why you are motivated to use them and how you prefer to use them. If you are interested in more information about planning your success in 2012, then please visit us at or contact us at or Your success in 2012 will be directly proportional to the value you create in the planning process.

Happy New Year!




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About davegregory

Dave Gregory, Chief Learning Officer for Inspired Performance Solutions, Inc., believes in the power of the strengths movement. During the past 15 years, Dave managed the Learning Solutions activities of Qwest’s Mass Markets Group, including call centers, retail stores, indirect retail, e-business, collections, alternative markets and the small business teams. Mr. Gregory graduated from Creighton University’s School of Law in 1993 earning a Juris Doctor. He completed his undergraduate education receiving a BSBA with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1990. Mr. Gregory has more than 25 years experience in business development and consulting.

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