The Efficient Organization
Determining What Matters Most
January of every year sees a multitude of resolutions to
start new habits or shed old ones. The aim is always the same: To
achieve new goals or re-try past failed attempts.
But we all know that resolute actions in January typically disappear by December's close.
Why is that?
goals are typically determined "in the moment." That is, the goals set
in January feel urgent and important at the same time, so people stick
with them for only a short time-typically weeks (although I know some
who abandon their goals within days). Come March or April, January's
resolutions typically fade in both urgency and importance.
resolutions to improve individual wellbeing, organizations approach each
new fiscal year as a fresh start, vowing to improve their profit
margins. Their success depends not only on adequately planning for the
future, but effectively implementing tactics to realize goals.
individuals or organizations, setting goals using criteria of importance
and non-urgency provides a greater likelihood of achievement than
working solely on urgency. That is, success hinges on determining what
matters most in the long-term and then implementing solutions to achieve
Brian Tracy, renowned expert on personal and business success suggests the following action items for long term success:
- Think long term.
Write out a description of your ideal life ten and twenty years into
the future. This automatically develops longer-time perspective.
- Evaluate long-term potential. Do more things that have greater long-term value to you.
- Delay gratification.
Develop a habit of delaying gratification in small things, small
expenditures, small pleasures, so that you can enjoy greater rewards and
greater satisfaction in the future.
is rarely about short-term or immediate wins. It takes a lot of
dedication and "roll up your sleeves" kind of work to achieve goals.
Long-term success rarely occurs by chance.
Don't wait for chance to make you successful. Instead, get and keep working - don't stop until you realize your goal.