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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

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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.

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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10 Helpful EXTRA STEPS of Leadership Philosophy #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 Curtis Haley (@TeamTRI_Curtis)

For our tenth day in our #12DaysOfLeadership, we’re excited to talk about the ten steps EXTRA STEP! leadership model which we practice and teach here at TeamTRI. No matter where you are on your personal leadership journey, the EXTRA STEP! process can help you better serve the people you represent by sharpening your resolve to meet their needs and provide an incredible experience for your customers, whoever they happen to be!

And like all great ideas in life, we made it even easier to understand the EXTRA STEP! by making it an acronym. Let’s break it down one letter at a time:

Extraordinary Customer Service: The idea behind the first element of the model is that the difference between ordinary service and extraordinary service is adding in that little “extra”. True leadership means not waiting for things to happen, but MAKING things happen. You can practice this in your own life by anticipating the needs of your customers before they arise, then working to solve those needs!

X-Factor: We all remember algebra class (no matter how hard we try to forget, in some cases). In algebra, you learn that “X” is the unknown quantity, and that stands true for the X-Factor element. Great leaders take initiative to find opportunities to serve, and go above and beyond to find solutions to challenges. This requires keen analytical skills to FIND the X-Factor, combined with well-honed creative thinking to find solutions that meet the needs of your audience.

Top of Mind Awareness: What’s on the top of your mind right now? Dinner? Work? That new Bruno Mars song you can’t get out of your head? As a leader, it’s up to you to ensure your organization and brand are constantly near the top of mind for your stakeholders. Think about the buzzword that you want associated most with your brand – your job is to build positive relationships to ensure that when people think of that buzzword, they think of YOU.

Results-Driven: Every action you take should have the end in mind. When you wake up and put on your professional attire, you don’t do so because it’s the most comfortable outfit you own, but because you want to put the best possible foot forward in order to achieve your desired results. Don’t settle for activity, but become obsessed with results – consider how your actions are moving the needle forward for your goals, and use that growth to gauge your own success.

Ambassadors of Leadership Excellence: What does it mean to be an ambassador? It means that you are the face of your organization, and that your actions speak not just for you but for everything you represent. Just like the United States wouldn’t want to send Miley Cyrus to the United Nations, so should you want to ensure that you are knowledgeable about your organization, welcoming to everyone you meet, and representative of your mission and goals to everyone you meet. Through charm, grace and sincerity, you can be the bridge between your organization and the outside world.

Speak to the Fans: “Wah wah wah wah wah” – if this is what people hear when you talk about your organization, you’ve already lost them. Representing your organization well requires effective communication, and effective communication requires powerful planning and dynamic delivery which is inspiring, educational, persuasive, influential and informational in all environments.

Timeliness: The “T” stands for…wait, haven’t we done this letter already? Totally. But the SECOND T stands for one of the most important elements of the model: Timeliness. In our world, we train people about the concept of “leader time” – harnessing good habits of efficiency, organization and wise preparation to complete projects and arrive at events ahead of the expected time. This means accurately anticipating how much time and which resources are required to complete a project in advance of the deadline, learning to say “NO” to opportunities which may overload your plate.

Evaluation: As the saying goes, “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. That’s why leaders understand the value of seeking feedback from customers and stakeholders in order to identify potential areas for growth and improvement on personal and organizational levels. Receiving feedback can be a touchy subject – nobody likes to feel incompetent – but remember that everyone makes mistakes, and the only way to learn from them is to acknowledge them.

Project Planning: While the most visible (and most exciting) part of being a leader may be the time when you’re on stage speaking to your audience, the truth is that leadership is 90% successful project completion and 10% face time in front of customers. Your wise planning and hard work when you AREN’T on stage guarantee a warm, enthusiastic reception when you ARE on stage.

!: We’re not sure how you pronounce this final element, but the intent is clear: Enthusiasm and excitement should be the foundation of everything you do. You have an incredible opportunity to serve others and to make their experience amazing, and your excitement only enhances that experience for everyone involved. We all love being around positive people, and that’s even more true when you’re in the trenches getting work done. A smile, a cheer, and a pat on the back for your teammates all go a long way toward helping people value the chance to make a difference in the lives of others.

There you have it, folks – the EXTRA STEP! model of leadership. The best part of this model is that it’s not a far-off goal that you have to achieve, but rather a commitment to your customers that you can adopt right now. Which of the EXTRA STEP! elements resonated the most with you? Let us know on Twitter @TeamTRI, and stay tuned tomorrow for the next installment of the #12DaysOfLeadership!

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Stumbles On The Road To Success? TRI, TRI Again!

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A simple concept right? Practice makes perfect after all.

Just a few short weeks ago as I sat on a chaotic city street enjoying lunch at my favorite pizzeria, chatting with the familiar waitress who has become my friend and confidant, I realized something: I was completely at ease. The language that once felt so awkward and impossible rolled seamlessly off my tongue. The noises, sights and smells once so overwhelming were as comfortable as my mother’s kitchen. This is home in the truest sense of the word.

It was nearly two years to the day from when I’d first arrived in Bella Napoli. Those first few months in this chaotic and authentic Italian city were spent stringing together toddler like sentences aided by a hand-held dictionary. I relied on primitive sign language to communicate and often times returned home empty-handed because even after trying Google Translate, hand gestures, and every other means of communication I could think of, I still ended up the village idiot and gave up and left confused and perplexed shopkeepers in my wake.

I am not embarrassed to admit that I left IKEA in tears after trying for over an hour to understand where to pick up the sofa I’d just purchased. Eventually I just gave up and decided the 140 euro for a bright orange sofa was an acceptable opportunity cost for my pride. I determined the better option was just calling it a day and coming back to try another day…hopefully with an Italian speaker in tow.

Endless experiences of trying to speak this language and straining to understand my landlord and neighbors left me feeling defeated and lonely. As an extrovert who thrives on human interaction and communication, I literally faced each day with dread and couldn’t imagine I would ever crack the code and be able to hold a “real” conversation with those around me. Honestly I would have settled for just being able to successfully purchase groceries without breaking social etiquette or looking the fool.

Patiently, my bilingual husband would tell me I was doing better than I thought and that one day it would “just click”. I would sigh and mentally note that I am sure it would just click for someone like him, but that despite my best efforts, I couldn’t imagine ever being able to understand these fast talking Neapolitans. It seemed an impossible dream. Fluency couldn’t possibly be my goal but I could dream of a day when I could by produce words without sounding like Yoda and communicat to my landlord without accidentally saying the toilet needs roasting. Because really what toilet ever needs roasting?

I studied diligently and completed my homework assignments. I spoke to my neighbors. I’m sure they rarely understood what I was saying but I spoke to them anyway. Gradually the interactions began to feel less forced and my heart didn’t beat like I was doing heavy cardio each time I attempted to enter a new shop or ask directions. I found myself going from having Italian acquaintances and neighbors to having Italian friends and family.

Then, before I knew it, one spring day as the waitress chatted on about her favorite types of traditional dance and how much she enjoys her Sundays off while the gentlemen at the table behind us discussed the meeting they just finished at work, it “just clicked” and I realized that the impossible had happened. I speak Italian.

This personal anecdote and glimpse into a small window of my life reminds me of other similar moments in my life:

When I first began to train for a 1/2 marathon, I could only run for one minute, followed by five minutes of recovery so that I could run for just one more. Then after following a strict training schedule, I found myself crossing finish line after finish line with new PRs.

Or when I received my first college exam score and realized that I wasn’t in high school anymore as that 67% stared boldly at me from the page. Graduation felt like an impossible dream. How could I graduate if I couldn’t even pass my first class? Then to go from that dreadful moment to achieving nothing less than an A- in my remaining years at University. What do all these fairly inconsequential personal moments have to do with leadership? With life?

Everything! Emerson really did know what he was talking about. The impossible becomes possible when we persist. When we TRY! When we fall and brush ourselves off and TRI, TRI, again.

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