Archive for Goal Processing

5 Ways to Achieve Neglected Resolutions

The year is now half way over, and if you’re like me or the majority of people, you’ve likely given up on a few of those New Year’s Resolutions by this point.

Research tells us that, on average, only 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions. But even though the year is inching towards a close, there is still time to rack up some accomplishments.

Here are five ways to do just that…

1. Understand you still have time

I’m not a hockey fan, but I love this quote by famous player, Wayne Gretzky:

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

Even if you abandoned your resolutions somewhere around February or March, there is still time to make progress towards your goals. After all, accomplishing something is better than not accomplishing anything.

2. Make a revised plan

If your goal was to get abs by summer, I hate to break it to you, but summer is just about over. The good news is, however, that you can still get those abs (or close to it), but you need an updated plan.

Take some time to reassess your resolutions and pick the most important ones. From there, turn them into S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-oriented, and Time-bound.

  • Specific: Define the What, Why, and How by writing your desired outcomes down simply and clearly.
  • Measurable: What variable can you measure to show real evidence that you’re achieving your goal?
  • Achievable: Do you have the time and skills needed to achieve this goal?
  • Results-oriented: Your goals should be about achieving a certain outcome, not doing the activities that lead to the outcome.
  • Time-bound: You need a specific due-date for yourself and, if applicable, mini-due dates to stay on track.

3. Get an accountability partner

One of the best ways to achieve a goal is to have someone by your side encouraging and motivating you. This method works even better if that person is also working on a goal of their own, and you can serve as their encourager and motivator.

4. Use tracking tools and strategies

There are a number of ways to track your goals. Whether you use a goal-tracking app like Stride, a habit tracker in your journal, or a huge wall calendar that stares at you every day, use something that will visualize and record your progress.

5. Stay motivated!

Ponder this recent Monday Motivation from TRI: “If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it.”

It’s easy to give up on goals, especially the really tough ones. Keep thinking about the finish line and stay focused on how you’ll feel once you’re successful.


There is still time to achieve your resolutions! Make a new plan, get a buddy, track your progress, and stay motivated towards your goals. You just might impress yourself! And when next year rolls around, you’ll be ready to take on a new set of challenges with awesome confidence.

Road Trip Leadership, Part Two: Two Leadership Models to Help You Hit the Road

We’re kicking off the New Year with a three-part series highlighting Road Trip Leadership from our CEO, Ryan Underwood. Whether your next road trip is with your family or friends, you’re about to discover techniques to be more intentional, grow your relationships, deepen your influence and rock that road the next time you’re locked in a car for what can too often seem like “forrrrrrever.” This finale of this three-part series will run Friday, so buckle up!

By now you may be wondering, “Is this blog series about leadership, travel, or family?” The answer is YES.

2 Models

From a leadership perspective, before you get to lead your team or your organization well, building your leadership influence first begins with yourself and your family.

It’s easy to work on your personal leadership and millions do each day. And, according to Forbes, $70 billion was spent in the U.S. and $130 billion worldwide last year on training and leadership to build teams — so we’re literally investing tons to build organizational leadership. But the real key to growing your leadership influence happens right around you, every day, and it’s called FAMILY. And road trips, as my Mom taught me, can be powerful time to build your connections, your leadership influence, and your family.

5 Circles

My leadership mentors Steve Cockram, Jeremie Kubicek, Mike Oppedahl, and Dan Frey from GiANT Worldwide have been coaching me the past two years on how to really grow as a leader by using everyday moments to be intentional instead of accidental in each Sphere of Influence (see their model above). The family Sphere of Influence is especially easy to overlook as a busy executive, leader or entrepreneur. The demands of the day can easily feel like a priority over the people in your own home. But, if you think about it, your family can be the toughest place in the world to lead, so if you can be even modestly successful in that sphere, leading your team or organization could actually be a breeze in comparison!

Understanding what Steve, Jeremie, Mike and Dan talk about has been easy because they are GiANTS who have done this with their own families for years and you can see the love, affection, support, connection and grace that overflows from them. Understanding is one thing. Following is another. It’s one thing to admire another’s approach, it’s yet another to follow it, and yet another when you get to finally experience the richness of family leadership for yourself. The good news is — it’s never too late to get intentional!

But, the real question isn’t why family leadership is important — it’s “how do you do it?”  Jeremie and Steve have been teaching us the “5 Gears” model to help us be maximally engaged at home, work, and play. We’re not ninjas at this yet, but we have a whole new tool and language we use that has been helping us a great deal in each Sphere of Influence.

5 Gears

Prior to learning “5 Gears”, I would wake up each day and head straight to Fourth Gear – working hard on important projects with and for important people. At the end of all that hard work, I’d join my family but in my most exhausted state trying to re-charge while my most important people (Carrie, Maddy and Belle) needed me on their most important projects.  I was failing at Second Gear — being present, alive, and really intentionally connected in the closest and most important Sphere of Influence.

And sadly, I’m not the only parent, human, or leader experiencing this. According to A.C. Nielson the average parent spends 38.5 MINUTES per week (not per day!) in meaningful conversation with their children. The lack of connection with family is often at the root of so many issues people face later in life ranging from eating disorders and depression to failing grades or unhealthy relationships.

And, that’s where a great road trip can be an effective tool and opportunity for your leadership growth.  It’s not time for quiet and contentment…it is time for connection and conversation.  Whether the folks in your car are related by DNA, a school trip for sports, band, or CTSOs, a trek to church camp, or you’re with colleagues headed to a business meeting—drive time is leader time!

Next time, we’ll dive into tools for intentionally connecting on a road trip!

Road Trip Leadership, Part 1: Four Ways to Get Into the Right Gear!

We’re kicking off the New Year with a three-part series highlighting Road Trip Leadership from our CEO, Ryan Underwood. Whether your next road trip is with your family or friends, you’re about to discover techniques to be more intentional, grow your relationships, deepen your influence and rock that road the next time you’re locked in a car for what can too often seem like “forrrrrrever.” This three-part series will run today, Wednesday and Friday, so buckle up!

The key to a great road trip is to remember the R.O.A.D.:

Really Connect

Opt Out of Technology

Answer Great Questions

Do Games

As a kid I always loved road trips. Growing up in rural Oregon, if you wanted to see something different besides tall mountains, giant evergreen trees, and big lakes—chances were it was going to take a few hours on the road to get there.  I’m sure my brother and I were scouted and considered top recruits by an unknown number of colleges to play in the License Plate Game or Sign Game Leagues.  A 12-hour and 24-minute drive (whose counting?) to SoCal might bring the average 10-year old to the brink, but, with the right Mom and attitude you can really get that good at road games and also dress up your future resume at the same time (Yes, we did find the one car in all of California with a Hawaii license plate…how and why it got there is a totally different article).

It was on those road trips that we learned valuable life lessons from our Mom like “patience being a virtue” and that “long drives without air conditioning was neither boring nor life threatening, but rather a character building opportunity.”

And, my Mom was right. As soon as we got to Grams, dove into the pool, visited Mickey and Friends at Disneyland, or got to the famous California beaches, the epic drive was soon forgotten (so we thought) and the long delayed gratification finally experienced. And, the “Three Musketeers” as we called ourselves ended up growing a deep and wonderful relationship that continues to this day. And, we still remember the trip TO Grams as much as the trip AT Grams.

As a modern parent who loves technology, my wife Carrie and I have been taking road trips with our little girls for about five years now (full disclosure: we’ve not been brave enough to try a 12-hour trip yet!). We thought we were really being smart parents by ensuring iPads were fully charged and ready for our littles to movie up and play their games for hours as we’ve driven the beautiful Midwest and Southern U.S.  And, we often basked in our own brilliance and all seemed well as the technology often did the trick for kids as they were quiet and content in the backseat.

However, we now realize that is where our challenge was at—everyone was quiet! We were accidentally trading valuable conversation and connection time for contentment via computer. So, we recently learned what may be smart, may not be the wisest thing we could do with that valuable road trip time.

Carrie and I reflected that we got to know each other the best on the long drives we took early in our marriage (we were too poor to fly everywhere we wanted to go so we drove America from East to West and from North to South…that too is another article…but…I can safely offer that if your relationship can withstand 6,000 miles of driving America…it’s likely marriage material). So, we recently decided to add “tech free time” to our family trips.

Next time, we’ll dive into leadership models and tools for intentionally connecting on a road trip!

This Holiday, Share 1 Holiday Gift! #12DaysOfLeadership

Welcome to TeamTRI’s 12 Days of Leadership! We have been celebrating the holiday season by sharing 12 days of powerful leadership ideas, resources and content. We hope these articles got you in the holiday spirit and ready to go lead the world to greatness! Today’s article is by Hayley Henderson (@TeamTRI_Hayley) and Curtis Haley (@TeamTRI_Curtis)

You might have caught on by now that the 12 Days of Leadership blog series has somewhat followed along with the Christmas song that we know as the 12 Days of Christmas. Today is the closing of this series as we celebrate with friends and family on Christmas Day. No matter your faith, we hope you’ll take this holiday season to reflect on your own blessings and opportunities for the coming year.

What is so wonderful is that we live in a world now where we can practice publicly what we believe. Everyday in this blog series we have showed you techniques, advice, or facts where you can become a better leader in 2016. Your strengths DO NOT need to be hidden. At TeamTRI, we want you to get out in this world and go for your leadership dreams, and we want you to share your leadership gift with the world.

We all have different gifts, but all of them can help make the world a better place. Anyone who has the gift of serving should serve. Anyone who has the gift of teaching should teach. Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should encourage. Whoever has the gift of giving to others should give freely. Anyone who has the gift of being a leader should try hard when he/she leads. Whoever has the gift of showing mercy to others should do so with joy.

The gift of Leadership may be something you have already discovered that you have. Often the characteristics of this gift can be seen as:

  • Having a vision and are able to get others to buy into that vision
  • Are able to inspire others towards a good work, direction, or course of actions
  • Others seem to naturally and willingly follow because of their servant heart
  • Take initiative in starting new projects or going a new direction
  • Others trust your character, ability, skill level, and judgment
  • Are willing to step forward and be responsible for some task

No one else on this planet can do your assignment. Your assignment has something to do with meeting a need, solving a problem, or assisting a person. The most unfulfilled people are those who have yet to discover their assignment. Once you discover the assignment and purpose for your life you will feel stronger and more at peace.

Know that when discovering your purpose and assignment, itmay not be easy. Look at the surrounding you live in, and do the most you can where you are; you were place in that environment for a reason. We live life moving forward, but understand it looking back.

So we challenge you to step out of your comfort zone in 2016. Today, look around and see all the wonderful blessings you have, and feel free to tweet us @TeamTRI with any of your exciting Christmas moments. As we move forward in the New Year, discover the gift that you can bring to this world. Discover what makes you happy, and the strength that you have to lead others. Merry Christmas from our TeamTRI family to yours!

3 Important Tips for Effective Goal Setting #12DaysOfLeadership

Welcome to TeamTRI’s 12 Days of Leadership! From now until Christmas we’ll be celebrating the holiday season by sharing 12 days of powerful leadership ideas, resources and content. We hope these articles get you in the holiday spirit and ready to go lead the world to greatness! Today’s article is by Hayley Henderson (@TeamTRI_Hayley)

You know you do it every year around this time. You set your New Year’s Resolutions that you just KNOW you’re going to stick by this year. You can think of these resolutions as your goals for the New Year, which is helpful. Goals are important for all of us to have because they hold us accountable for actions and direct our energies in a positive direction.

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can so easily lead you astray. Before you set goals, there are three simple steps to take to ensure that you stay on the right track in setting attainable goals.

Step One:  Decide What You Want

This sounds like such a simple step, but it’s crucial that you’re intentional about making this your starting point. You first have to decide what YOU want. This does not mean what the world wants you to do, what your friends think you should do, this is the goal that YOU want to do for yourself.

You are not being selfish during this step. This will allow you to fully evaluate the personal traits or habits that you want to improve. Goals reflect something we want to happen both big and small. You can have a goal to get a graduate degree or a goal to sleep in more. The size of the goal determines the amount of effort that you will be putting forth to accomplish it.

Step Two: Write the Goal Down and Make It Real in your Head

This year, I had major personal goals that I wanted to set for my life, and to meet these goals, I did something I have never done before. Instead of saying what I wanted to achieve, I actually wrote out each goal one by one. Underneath each goal I listed the items I would need to make the goal happen, including resources that are around me that I knew could help hold me accountable.

There is something powerful about writing out what you want, getting your dream out of your head and onto a piece of paper. It then seems more realizable and achievable. It’s a strong affirmation of what you are working towards rather than having a vague, wispy notion floating around in your head. So grab a pen and paper, and go ahead and test it out. Write down five goals that you want to achieve in 2016.

Step Three: Set a Deadline for Action

Most people fail to achieve their dreams because they did not include a deadline with their goal. Deadlines move us to action. When we fail to include a deadline for our goal, when we commit to achieving it “as soon as possible,” the goal winds up in our “as soon as possible” pile of things that we will will do another day (maybe never).

Why? Because we all have too much to do and not enough time to get it all done. The items that have deadlines for completion tend to bubble up in priority and importance so that we take action and achieve them. Once you write your goals out, decide the timetable that you will give yourself to make it happen.

You Can Do This!

Goals are exciting when you set steps to make them become reality. The moment you reach a goal, know that you can continue to your ultimate dream. C.S. Lewis was right when he declared: “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”

Those are our three steps for setting powerful, actionable goals this year! What’s your goal for 2016? Write it down by tweeting it @TeamTRI and we’ll share the best ones!

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