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Begin with the end in mind….

There are a few books that have had a major impact on my life. One that keeps coming back to me as I work with clients comes is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This past week it was the second habit, begin with the end in mind , that came to mind. Perhaps it’s the start of the New Year, and many of us are setting goals for 2016.

Yesterday I met with a client who proudly showed me his goals for 2016. There were a total of 7. I asked which one he felt was the most important, and his answer was all of them.

Goal setting can be a waste of time if you start a planning session with goals. This pertains to both short term and long term goals.

The important question each of us has to ask at the start of a planning session be it for the day or for the year, is,” Where do you want to be at the end of the day or end of the year?” The answer to that question is your goal/vision for the day or year.

You can’t have seven goals for the year. Only one destination is needed. The same holds true for each day of our lives: Where do we want to be at the end of the day? Once identified action steps are introduced which, when implemented, take us to our daily or yearly desired destination.

I have segmented my goals; the system I just described is a good format to follow. I use it to plan my business day as well as my business year. There are other important parts of my life: they include spiritual, family, physical, and financial. I follow the same thought process for each when planning my destinations in each segment.

Being a tough task master is a requirement in my profession. Taking a client through a difficult process, starting with the end in mind and working together to develop the short term goals that will help reach the final destination, is a complicated process. Equally as hard; perhaps even more difficult, is my task of helping a client focus on what has to be done to achieve that daily or yearly goal. Accountability, the ability to follow through after the mood has left you, is something we all need support in.

The beginning of each year is always filled with hope for our businesses. A call to Nick can be the beginning of making that dream a reality.

Life is too precious to chase unicorns. It’s too precious to rely on a rabbit’s foot.

Nick J. Petra CFP   602-989-1592

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