“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way; if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse” – Jim Rohn
Think of something you’ve been putting off in your life – at work or at home.
Why? What’s holding you back?
We asked ourselves these questions at a recent iHire Lunch ‘n’ Learn to kick off a discussion on what it means to be committed:
“We give our best effort at all times for the success of our company. We take initiative and do not settle for mediocrity.”
When setting a goal or making a commitment, be SMART about it:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Time-bound
Commonly used in the business world (including at iHire), the SMART method is also effective when setting personal goals.
For example, deciding to get a new job is one thing; deciding to apply to 6 jobs per week over the next 2 months and follow up on every application is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.
Once you’ve determined your goal, follow these steps to increase your chances of sticking with it:
1. Believe you have the ability. You have to start with the right mindset. It’s not a matter of whether or not you CAN do it; it’s now a matter of how!
2. Start small. Also known as “chunking,” breaking up big-picture goals into smaller steps will help you feel less overwhelmed and give you more opportunities to feel accomplished along the way.
3. Accept and embrace fear/worry. Know you’ll hit roadblocks and become discouraged. Accept these feelings and seek out ways to overcome challenges.
4. Write it down. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference it makes to get your goals out of your head and onto paper.
5. Focus on the positives. When you feel like giving up, remember why you made the commitment in the first place and what you’ll gain from accomplishing it.
6. Find an accountability partner. It’s a lot tougher to throw in the towel when you have a friend counting on you and in your corner.
7. Understand your limits. Be realistic about what you can do – go outside of your comfort zone, but don’t set yourself up for failure with impossible goals!
Remember: motivation gets you started, but commitment keeps you going!
Stay tuned as we cover the remaining four of iHire’s core values.
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