Thoughts on Leadership: Impact and goals on the road to success

The excitement of a new year tends to fill us with motivation and inspiration. We load ourselves with to-do lists and action items and jump in head first.  But then the exuberance tends to fade after a week or two of vigorous activity. The idea of a new year draws away from the collective consciousness. This familiar situation presents a good time to discuss the importance of impact in leadership.   As a leader, you're always making an impact as other people observe you, listen to what you're saying and make judgments about your decisions and style. But are you making the right impact? Do you shape other's impressions of you? Do you know how you would like them to perceive you?

Your team members are your most valuable asset and to maximize that asset every leader needs to make a positive impact and be a role model for others.   Impact is the strength and the root of all the goals you hope to achieve this year:

Which people do you want to support? What problem do you want to solve? What pleasure do you want to create?

Your keys to success in the New Year are a focus on impact and becoming intensely goal-oriented. Highly successful people know where they want to go in life, and they have a roadmap to get there. A written set of goals is their roadmap to success.When you root yourself in the goal of making a positive impact, you'll be able to build better relationships, influence people in the way you want and find it easier to reach your true potential.

Statistics show that 3 percent of people in the world have goals that are written down; the other 97 percent do not.

Which group would you rather belong to? What impact do you want to have this year?

Written goals are very powerful. They document your vision and create your impact in any business situation. They are well-defined statements of what you will do – not what you might do.

Goal setting is a concept that’s been around for a long time. Yet, it’s amazing that less than 3 percent of our population has a set of written goals and less than 1 percent reviews their goals on a regular basis.

Further studies therefore show that the 3 percent who have written goals end up achieving their goals 89 percent of the time and earn, on average, 10 times as much as the other 97 percent who do not.

So the big questions are: Are you ready to join the 3 percent who are achieving success? Have you put together a set of written goals for 2011? It's never too late to start.

Use your impact to push new ideas in this quarter and start the New Year off right. For more inspiration on your path to success, review the “Goal Designing” worksheet to help you get started and take action.