Staying Focused in 2015

The beginning of the year is time of renewal for everyone. We set resolutions and goals and swear this will be the best year yet. Then reality sets in. Day-to-day pressures take over, and we get derailed. Your well-intentioned goal to get out there during tax season is stifled by the client work and the need to balance work with your demands at home. So how do you stay focused on your goals?

  1. Visualize Success

I grew up competing in everything from athletics to music. One of the most valuable lessons I learned was through golfing.  For those that have never played golf, it’s an extremely mental sport. Yes, skill is required. But, your mental focus and attitude actually has more to do with your success than your raw talent. I believe the same is true in business. One of the most valuable things I learned while competing was that visualization was key. I worked for two solid years to be able to go to state. It wasn’t for a scholarship; it was simply a personal goal. Two years is a long time to work toward a goal. So, I learned to visualize myself at the state championships, playing the game that was necessary to place where I wanted to place. I also practiced visualization every day and in every match leading up to that moment. From the first shot off the tee, to the putt I needed for birdie or par, I visualized almost every shot before I hit it.

Visualization is a powerful tool, whether you’re playing sports or building your business. Visualization helps give you the confidence you need to succeed and keeps you focused on your goal. To stay focused on your goals, you should practice achieving those goals regularly. Even more importantly, if you are a leader in your firm, talk about that with your people to help them visualize your firm of the future.

  1. The Two-By-Two

If you talk to anyone about success, execution is always a key component. Execution can often be easier said than done, especially when you have a big goal. We have been using a really simply tool to help keep people focused. (We learned about this from a client.) It’s called “the two-by-two.” You commit to two things that will help you achieve your goal in the next two weeks. After two weeks, you set another two goals for the next two weeks and so on. This works well because it’s simple and it doesn’t overwhelm most people and keeps you focused on executing.

  1. Celebrate the Small Victories

There is nothing that fuels motivation more than celebrating your victories, no matter how big or small. Take the time to pat yourself on the back and celebrate what you have accomplished. If you finally wrote that article you’ve been talking about for a year, consider that a win. You will feel much more motivated to keep going.  Now, don’t take celebration as permission to take a break. YOU still need to keep moving, but recognize your efforts.

About the author

Ranked twice by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People, Sarah Johnson Dobek of Inovautus Consulting is an accounting marketing growth advisor. She helps Accounting firms identify and implement strategies to help them grow their firms and distinguish themselves in the marketplace. Connect with Sarah to learn more at 773-208-7170, sjohnson@inovautus.comor

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