Thursday's Thoughts: Leaders Use Impact To Achieve Success

In all of the frenzy that is the beginning of the New Year, we are loaded up with to-do lists and action items. This excitement of exuberance is good for a week or two of vigorous activity, and then it starts to fade once the New Year glow draws away from our collective consciousness.

That is why it is important as a leader to focus on impact.

You’re always making an impact. Other people observe you, listen to you and make judgments about you.

Are you making the right impact? Do you shape the impressions people have of you? Do you even know how you would like them to perceive you?

To maximize your most valuable asset – your team members – 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:

What person do you want to support? What problem do you want to solve? What pleasure do you want to create? What problem do you want to alleviate?

When you keep yourself rooted in the right personal 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.

Impact and becoming intensely goal-oriented are the keys to success in the New Year. Highly successful people know where they want to go in life, and they have a roadmap to get there. Their key to victory is creating the right routines and a written set of goals is their roadmap to success.

Statistics reveal that 3 percent of the people in the world have goals that are written down; the other 97 percent does 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 not a new concept. It’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, ten 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 2014? It's never too late to start.