Path to Professional and Personal Success

images-1If you’re like some, you’ve already abandoned your New Year’s Resolutions. Hey, it’s been five days already! What do you expect? Seriously, let’s take a very brief look at goals for a moment.

A few weeks ago I was honored to present a leadership seminar to two very diverse organizations. One was faith-based and the other not so much. This wonderful international organization was holding its bi-annual conference. The audience was full of leaders from various parts of industry. As any good speaker who is worth his or her salt, I tailored my presentation to meet the needs of the audience. To my surprise, nearly all of these individuals had one thing in common. What was it you ask? They did not have any personal goals. They had goals for their corporations but none for themselves. Do you have any goals?

Before we go any further, let me tell you about the faith-based organization. The members were great and very professional. I noticed a striking parallel between this organization and the international organization. Yes, you guessed it. They had goals for their organization but didn’t have any personal goals. I ask you again, “Do you have any goals?”

There are several types of goals. If you were in my seminar I’d ask you, “Where do you want to be in the next 3, 6, 12 and 18 months?”  These are immediate goals. Collectively they help navigate you towards your bigger goals. For instance, you want to buy your first home. Your 3, 6 and 12-month goals may be to reduce or eliminate as much debt as possible. I say this to help you make some milestones to get on track for that particular goal of purchasing your home. Buying a home might be what some call a long-term goal. This type of goal might be 5 years away, if not longer.

What goals have you deviated from so far? Let’s say you planned to get physically fit in 2015. But so far you’ve missed two of the last five workouts.   Should you quit and forget about this goal? Of course not. Celebrate your victories. After all, you completed three workouts. Let’s shoot for completing at least four workouts next week! Don’t let failure sidetrack you from the goal!

Here are a few things you can do to help with your short-term goals. Take a few days and think where you want to be. Think about when you want to achieve that goal. Think about some of the things that might prevent you from achieving those goals. Obviously, these are just some mind ticklers for you to consider.

I also encourage you to create milestones to keep you on track. Milestones are simply some of the intermediate steps that you need to reach before the goal is accomplished. Don’t forget to celebrate once you attain each milestone. This celebration will inspire you to continue on toward the goal.

What happens if you don’t reach your goals? This is a possibility and unfortunately some failures, no matter how small, prevent some people from keeping their goals. If you fail, that’s OK. If you fail, you still will be closer to the goal than you were prior to your march towards it. Celebrate your victories. If you follow these few principles you’ll be on the path to professional and personal success.

Give me some feedback and let me know how you are doing with your goals. I know you’ll do well. Also, remember to vote on the poll.

Yves Johnson is a Speaker and Author. He is the author of two books and a varied collection of articles and blogs. He is the President of Christ Is My Savior Ministries LLC. He’s a sought out speaker and offers a wide range of leadership and development seminars for both Faith Based and non-Faith Based organizations. You can find his books at

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