Recently I’ve been reading posts about picking a “word for the year”.  One word that will define your actions, intent, and purpose for 2015.  It seems like such a good idea.  In fact, I remember picking a word for 2014.

However, I don’t remember what that word was!  I’m confident the “word” didn’t drive my actions, intent, and purpose for 2014 –  I can’t even remember it!!!

Even with that experience of a “failed word” I’m willing to pick another word to define my actions, intent, and purpose for 2015.

Why do I think the outcome will be different?  The facts remain – I picked a word last year and forgot it.

The reason behind the action has changed!

Last year, I read some blog posts, thought it was a cool idea, and chose a word.  Then forgot it within a week. (Or possibly sooner!)

This year, as I was celebrating the successes from last year, and looking ahead to what I want to accomplish this year, my brain continued to search for ways to make my goals achievements.   As my coach Lori stretched me to stretch my vision of success – I continually searched for specific action steps to support this vision.

What I found was this: I KNOW the action steps!  In fact, many of the steps I do on a daily basis.  However, I didn’t always see the results I was looking for.

Ahhh . . . finally . . . I was able to find the disconnect.   I identified action steps, I completed the action steps, but I didn’t accomplish my goals.  The disconnect was in HOW I completed my action steps.  Often, they were just one more item on my to-do list.  Check it off and move on.  I didn’t set the intention to complete these actions with deliberate focus.

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For example, I have a financial goal of increasing the number of one-on-one coaching clients I work with. One of my action steps to support this goal is “networking.”   I attended at least one networking opportunity each week during the last 6 months.  That’s a minimum of 24 networking events.  However, I still have openings for 2 one-on-one coaching clients.  I completed the action – I didn’t accomplish my goal.

The answer lies in HOW I networked.  I attended – I met new people – I chatted.  But I didn’t deliberately create an opportunity for more.  I didn’t find out how I might support the people I met with resources or connections.  I didn’t create the opportunity for a more in-depth conversation.  I didn’t network with a plan.  I showed up, I chatted, I left.

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This year – I’m approaching this business building activity with much more focus.  My actions are chosen deliberately.  Who will I meet?  How will I support their goals?  Where will I network?  When I get involved in the organization, how will this involvement support my goals?

If you haven’t guessed, my 2015 word is DELIBERATE.  I can clearly see my vision.  I can clearly see my action steps.  Now, it’s time to clearly and deliberately choose how to accomplish those action steps.

YOUR TURN!!!  How do you set goals?  Do you have a “2015 word of the year”?  Please post below!

Would you like some support accomplishing your goals?  

With a little coaching, you can easily achieve the perfect balance between your business and personal lives.  You can determine your own focus word and use it to create success.  You can turn ideas into action!

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