[Updated: Jan 10, 2018]
And 5 questions to ask yourself as we begin the New Year…
By LAY HSUAN, LIM
We talk a lot about setting personal and career goals at the beginning of the year as this exercise helps us to have a clear picture on what, when, why and how we want to accomplish things for the year.
One of the commonly used guide for setting goals is the SMART tool, which many of us understand as specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.
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No doubt, these elements are important in ensuring our success, and involve much of our strategic thinking capacity.
What about the “heart matter” that is involved in these objectives? Let us explore a different kind of SMART.
S – Sincerity
Sincere or authentic people consistently uphold what is true and just. They are genuine in their words and deeds, often showing real care for people around them.
They are often learners to new ideas and life lessons, and are highly appreciative of feedback from others.
Is your goal exclusively about building your own “throne”, or are you building a “castle” together with your team?
M – Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating a purposeful and focused awareness on the present moment.
In today’s hectic living, we are constantly multitasking. Our mind is always distracted, making us absent mentally even though our body is present.
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Start by making the conscious decision to listen attentively to the people you interact. Also, don’t make judgments too quickly.
While setting your eyes on the finishing line, what are some of the things you can do to be more mindful of yourself, and others around you?
A – Accountability
This is viewed as being answerable to somebody (including yourself!) for something we have committed to do.
Leaderonomics faculty partner Joseph Tan mentioned that there is no use getting people in your organisation engaged if they are not accountable for their actions.
Without accountability, a great plan remains a far-fetched dream as nobody owns it to see it through.
What are the channels of communications you’re using (and how frequent) when presenting your “account” to your accountability partner(s)?
R – Relationships
Family, friends and co-workers have played their part in walking alongside you through words of encouragement, guidance and coaching.
In short, where we are today is mostly dependent on the quality relationships we have in our lifetime.
With regard to your goals, are your relationships based on a “touch-and-go” basis or are you building a long-term relationship with your team members and customers?
Check out Leaderonomics’ video on Relationships:
T – Teamwork
When people are rooted on common values, it is easier to communicate expectations across the organisation.
We may have our personal goals, but collectively with one heart and mind, we can achieve more.
What are some of the things you can do together to cultivate team spirit?
Check out this podcast post too: Raise Your Game: Building Accountability In Teamwork
We become lifeless when the heart stops beating. What is your heart telling you today while you set your personal, professional and organisational goals? Go on and incorporate the heart in your SMART goals and keep them alive and well.