Change is a natural part of growth, and the most common cause is a desire for a specific result.
What was the last change you made in your business life? Are you getting the results you want? If so, congratulations! Time to mimic that success in other areas of your life.
But if you’re not there yet, please read on.
Most people have both personal and professional goals. Professionally, goals often include finding the right career path, making a comfortable living, improving leadership skills, hiring the right staff (and reducing turnover), and helping staff thrive. Personally, goals often include creating strong interpersonal relationships, achieving health and wellness, finding a healthy work/life balance, improving a skill, etc. The list goes on.
What are the results you want in your professional life? How about in your personal life?
Sometimes people have so many unfulfilled desires that they start to feel disheartened if they’re not coming true, and then give up. But quite often, reaching this point is the symptom of a deeper problem—one that will continue to block individuals from success until they address it. This problem is that there might be a disconnect between their perceived intention and their subconscious (or true) intention.
I will share a personal example:
For the past few months, I’ve been dedicated to becoming healthier, and I believe I’ve been doing well—eating right, running regularly, and going to the gym, for example.
Recently, however, there has been a slew of birthdays, celebrations, and banquets for me to attend, and I admit that I’ve fallen off the wagon. Eating whatever I please and “making merry” have taken priority. As a result, I’ve been missing my routine, and my fitness level has declined.
Now, you might say, “Everyone slips now and then… Is it really such a big deal?”
I’m not here to judge myself (or anyone else, for that matter) harshly for my choices. I acknowledge that it was my choice to shift my focus for the last few weeks.
But this leads me to wonder—what was my true intention in my goal to become healthy? When I reflected on it, I realized that I wanted to improve my fitness level as long as it wasn’t too inconvenient for me. I could have chosen to say “no” to cake and chips. I could have said “no” to one, or even all, of the events, and avoided temptation and distraction entirely. But I didn’t.
Is it really any surprise, then, that I didn’t meet my fitness goals?
Successful results are a reflection of our deepest, most focused commitments.
You need to ask yourself: “Do I really want those results that change will bring? Am I committed to it? Am I ready to stick with it, no matter what?” And you need to be honest with your answers. Because in the end, actions (results) speak louder than words.
This also applies to business. Where in your work life do you have a disparity between your perceived intent and your results? What is this costing you in terms of missed opportunities, relationships, and successes?
Sometimes motivation comes from external sources. In the beginning of my sales career, for example, I was once given a warning: exceed this month’s sales goal or face the (metaphorical) axe. There was no hiding behind uncertainty that time: I had people depending on me for the income, and I was determined to not fail them. And guess what? It worked; I made the sales I needed.
What’s your motivation? Is it external or internal? What are the consequences for not achieving your goals?
If you know you want results, and you know you need to make changes to get those results, you might be wondering what kind of change(s) to actually make and implement to achieve success. No matter what, though, it’s essential to first have your commitment level clear.
That being said, there’s no shame in accepting support.
For example, a tool is an excellent support to achieving consistent results. In fact, at its root, a tool is a way to copy and scale success. A great tool takes a specific result, records the process it takes to get there, and delivers that process (and then, results) to as many people as you need.
That’s why we (at CRG) have taken the issues I’ve seen most often over the past few decades facing the “people element” in large companies, and built a whole series of tools, resources, and assessments to give you the data to address them.
Whether it’s making sure leaders are in the right positions, keeping your staff healthy and thriving, or hiring the right staff the first time, we’re here to help you make the changes you need.
Our tools will hold you accountable. The results are printed, plain for everyone to see, and will show you the ways you can use that data to everyone’s advantage—not just your own.
The beauty of our tools is that, unlike some others, such as MBTI or DiSC, ours don’t require training to use and see consistent results.
Ken Keis, Ph.D.
CRG Consulting Resource Group International, Inc.
Ken Keis, Ph.D., President of CRG, is a global expert on leadership, wellness, behavioral assessments, and life purpose. In 28 years, he has conducted over 3000 presentations and invested 10,000+ hours in consulting and coaching. Ken Keis is considered a foremost global authority on the way assessment strategies and processes increase and multiply success rates. He co-created CRG’s proprietary development models and has written over 4 million words of content for 40 business training programs and 400+ articles. His latest book, The Quest For Purpose: A Self-Discovery Process To Find It And Live It!,is available at crgleader.com.