One of the best ways to bump up your odds of success is to share a goal. The realm of sharing ranges from various forms of support to all-out collaboration. I put together the following list of hints to help you intensify your focus and multiply your chance of success. So …
How about this week you share one of your goals?
Here are some ideas:
Make an Appointment
Create accountability around a goal by setting a time to show your progress to someone else. It’s a small, effective goal for the week to “schedule a meeting.” Make sure it’s with someone whose opinion you respect.
Ask for Advice from a Trusted Advisor
Sharing your goal and how you plan to focus on it with a trusted advisor, makes it easier for them to give you helpful advice— and good advice is like rocket fuel. It can save you time, money, and unnecessary mistakes.
Find a Mentor
A mentor is primarily concerned with your growth. Not only can you trust them for advice, they look out for your future. Turning a trusted advisor into a mentor is one way an intern becomes a president.
Sharing a common goal with other people requires competence and communication, and is by far the most effective way to multiply your chance of success. From doing a pile of dishes to a singing 5 part harmony in a 30-man choir, a well coordinated collaboration can be extraordinarily productive and exciting.
In tag-team wrestling, one teammate works inside the ring, while the other rests and observes outside the ring; then, when the time is right, they switch. I’ve worked many a project passing the baton back and forth. It’s a great way to build and keep momentum when two people can’t work on the same thing at the same time.
Play in Parallel
It can be motivating, even cozy, to invite people to work on their own thing near you. The goal is to help each other stay focused, even if you are separately focused. Read more about that here.
Ask for Help from a Competent Source
By asking for help you are giving part of your goal to someone else who can do it. Motivate your helper and provide a clear finishing point.
Basically the same as asking for help, divvying the work for others to do changes your role. As Delegator, you make sure the small goals add up to the big goal, and everyone else is set up to succeed. Delegating effectively is extremely powerful.
Lead by Example
Show people how they can share your goal by being a role model. Make yourself visible. Which leads us to …
Be the First Follower
Of course, offering to share someone else’s goal— advising, mentoring, and taking on a small goal that support a bigger one— can be just as rewarding as sharing your own. In his 3-minute TED talk, captured in this video, Derik Sivers gives us insight into the power of being a follower, and how especially important is the role of First Follower.
At Least, Say It Out Loud
Finally, simply telling a friend about your intension this week could be transformative. I invite you to share your week’s goal in the comments section below. It can change how you feel about your goal. It could light your fire.
Shared is the second S of the Pilot Fire SMART & SEXY goal checklist. Read about the power of having a finish line by making your goal Specific, Measurable, and Achievable and then removing mental barriers by Triggering it.