“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
As January draws to a close I’m reminded of my New Year’s resolution – lose the baby weight; which is one of those tasks that is always easier said than done. As your work load ramps up, your energy dwindles and your resolve starts to fade, all of a sudden that 30lb goal seems like a distant fantasy. And, interestingly enough, I’m about 21 days into my regimen- the scientifically stated amount of time it takes to form a new habit and stick to it. And I’m still on track! Why? Because I have the passion to sustain the will power needed to continue toward my goal.
As managers, we often place a lot of pressure on ourselves to exceed last year’s sales quota or spend more time training; and while these are valid and even noble goals, they can get lost in the shuffle of your day-to-day demands. This is where your personal passion for success drives your will power. You see, passion is defined as “any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling” which in itself makes a strong case for your success in any endeavor. And, when motivated by will power, “control of one’s impulses and actions; self-control,” you have both of the major elements you need to survive the pull of distractions, exhaustion and everyday stress.
Here are three tips for how to achieve this perfect balance of both passion and will power so at this time next year, the struggle of this year’s resolutions will be a happy memory and not a haunting failure.
- First, create and write down the “big picture” of what you want to do (say over the next 5 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
- Next, break down these goals into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit in shorter increments to reach your goals.
- Lastly, schedule them out and start checking them off. Take stock of where you are weekly, monthly and quarterly to make sure you are on pace with your end goal.
Keep yourself in check by paying specific attention to how much time you spend each day actually focused on the items above. To make it more engaging, hang onto something inspirational to keep you going. For me, on my weight loss journey, it’s a pair of jeans in that elusive size I aspire to fit into again. But for you, it may be an award from your franchise headquarters, or that much needed bonus, or an A health inspection rating poster, or maybe it’s a picture wall of all your happy customers. Whatever it takes to remind you of the sweet taste of success, that’s all you need to help you stay on course.
And remember, not every day will be a winning day. So offer yourself a little slack and a temporary reprieve when things get tough, but work hard to jump back on track the next day. With time and consistency your passion to accomplish whatever goals you’ve set will soon overshadow how hard it is to keep your will power with you. You will also form new, positive habits which will make achieving your goals easier. We have an enthusiastic Dairy Queen owner/operator in Canada named Michael Liber who said to me the other day, “I believe in Red Book Solutions because it has created awareness around following your PRIDE ‘Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence’—we call it the Pride Guide.” So this year I challenge you to find your PRIDE and drive it all the way to your goals.
Congratulations on starting your journey, share your successes or struggles along the way with us on Twitter @BetterManagers and we’ll help you revive your will power throughout the year.
By, Danielle Lafontaine, Marketing Communications Manager, Red Book Solutions | 5 Years – Digital & Traditional Marketing Copywriter with Ad Agency and Corporate Marketing Experience | Social Media Guru & Community Builder with B2B and B2C Chops