Monday, 18 July 2011

Goals and Targets!

We all know that setting goals and personal targets is a vital tool for everyone. It gives us our long-term vision as well as helping with our short-term motivation. By setting clearly defined goals and targets we can measure and constantly and consistently celebrate our achievements and our successes and focus on the areas where we are not achieving great outcomes.
We face so much criticism, negativity and abuse as a profession and yet whatever anyone says we have achieved great things over the last fifteen years. Of course there is more to do and we all struggle with that long grind as we move our practice from adequate to good to great but our colleagues need to swim in a culture of success and we must constantly search for the exceptional.  Wherever I have worked over the last thirty odd years the challenge has been the same; how to build consistency and challenge complacency especially as so much of what we are doing locally, regionally and nationally is world class, outstanding and extra-ordinary and so much is simply ordinary. We have seen some simply breathtaking progress and some remarkable achievements over the years where talented colleagues feel trusted, empowered, energised and release their magic. This happens because these colleagues are determined, persistent and passionately believe in what they are doing. By setting ourselves goals, which we can work towards with real discipline, rigour and focus, we can raise colleagues self-esteem and self-confidence, and help our colleagues recognise their ability, reach their potential and grow their self-confidence. The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve; what you want to do with your wild and precious life now, tomorrow or 10 years into the future.

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