- Get clear on your purpose for being in business
- Take time out regularly to goal set
- Allocate a regular review time to reasses
If I was to ask you what your purpose in business is what would you answer me? Do you ever give any thought to the purpose you are serving by being in business.
This is a great question to reflect on and any business can turn a challenge into an opportunity and decide to find greater meaning and purpose in what they do. I want to share a story I heard of a Canadian restaurant chain last year and would love to know your thoughts on getting greater purpose into whatever you do.
It was at the International Coaches Federation Conference in Las Vegas in 2011 that I was told the Joeys restaurant story.
Joey is a restaurant chain in Canada and at the ICF Conference won an award for creating a positive culture that fostered leadership. Their approach to business was really refreshing. Unlike many hospitality businesses complaining about staff turnover and lack of engagement, Joeys decided to take on a new approach. They decided to get a bigger purpose than just being a restaurant chain.
The Leaders at Joeys recognised the reality that most of their staff were studying or planning for their futures as something other than a server in Joeys. They also recognised that most of the students stay in the same place for a number of years before beginning their long-term careers and saw this as a great opportunity. If they could retain staff the whole time they were studying and approached the role of Joeys as developing future leaders then they would achieve not only the retention that would result in a great business but also have staff who were engaged and enthusiastic about the opportunities they had for personal growth and development whilst part of the Joeys family.
Defining their purpose as something bigger changed the whole game plan at Joeys and the result meant not just a happier more engaged workforce but higher profits and production.
Do you really give much thought to your purpose for being in business?
If it is not something you have given a lot of thought to take time now to ask some questions about why you are in business. Why is it important? Who are you serving and how?
Is there a greater purpose beyond what you currently think?
Take time out to goal set
The following excerpts from Tim Gallwey’s website are incredibly powerful to understand for success both personally and professionally. If you don’t take time to get clear on your goals and what you want, it is easy to let doubts and limiting beliefs overcome our ability to achieve.
“There is always an inner game being played in your mind no matter what outer game you are playing. How aware you are of this game can make the difference between success and failure.” -Tim Gallwey
“In every human endeavor there are two arenas of engagement: the outer and the inner. The outer game is played on an external arena to overcome external obstacles to reach an external goal. The inner game takes place within the mind of the player and is played against such obstacles as fear, self-doubt, lapses in focus, and limiting concepts or assumptions. The inner game is played to overcome the self-imposed obstacles that prevent an individual or team from accessing their full potential.
In simple terms the game can be summarized in a formula: Performance = potential-interference, P=p-i. According to this formula, performance can be enhanced either by growing “p” potential or by decreasing “i,” interference.”
Tim Gallweys formula is about recognising that unless we are clear in our goals and intentions for what we want, we can often be overcome by the interference of negative self talk, doubts and beliefs. I have coached thousands of people and consistently those who succeed are clear on their goals and how to achieve them.
Use this simple goal setting framework to set a goal now.
- Think of a positive goal you would like to achieve
- Now think of achieving that goal and visualise what it will look like when you have achieved it. Also think about what you will hear or what someone might say and how you will feel achieving it. Run a full movie production of achieving the goal.
- Write down the steps to achieve the goal
- Ask yourself is this something that is within my control
- Am I being realistic about what is possible here/
- By when will I achieve this?
ALLOCATE TIME TO REVIEW YOUR GOALS
How many times have you set a goal and then either procrastinated or stuffed around and not achieved it?
Reviewing why you do or don’t achieve your goals is an important part of self reflection.
If you did achieve your goal you need to pat yourself on the back and acknowledge your efforts.
If you did not you need to ask the question “What stopped me achieving my goal ?” and then go back to the drawing board and make a new plan to achieve it or recognise that maybe it was not something that you really wanted. Maybe it was someone elses goal for you.
Most importantly develop a habit of time management that allocates regularly time to review.
I can guarantee you will be amazed at how things start to shift when you write your goals down and review them regularly.