In the corporate environment, this is how ‘impossible’ targets are achieved.
Three months before the year starts, annual targets are finalized.
Two months before the year starts, a plan on how to achieve the targets are developed.
A month before the year starts, support from business partners are sealed.
On exactly day 1, plans are rolled out.
But it doesn’t stop there. Reviews and recalibration within the year are crucial.
Daily and weekly reports provide on-time information to fix problems and maximize opportunities.
Monthly reports are used to evaluate the past 30 days. What did we do right and how can we improve next month?
Quarterly reviews provide the big picture to see relevant trends, assess performance and recalibrate targets and plans.
Annual reviews formalize the year long result of hard work. It is to see how far we’ve come in relation to the targets we have set initially.
The cycle repeats.
I diligently followed this process as an employee. And, it always worked!
I knew my annual targets by heart – broken down quarterly, monthly and weekly. I had a firm plan on how to achieve them – key milestones laid down with corresponding timelines. I initiate engagements with partner groups in advance. I diligently reviewed reports that have been put in place. I led team reviews throughout the year.
This process allowed me to be on top of the business. No matter how ambitious the targets were, doing them gave me confidence of a good year-end result.
I thrive in this kind of environment, where targets are clear and processes in place. I was able to achieve my targets no matter how impossible they may have seemed.
Yet when I look at my personal life, it’s ironic that I find it difficult to accomplish my personal targets.
For instance, I have always wanted to learn how to edit videos since 2013. I even bought a GoPro camera to take good footages. 4 years later and with tons of raw videos (that I never touched), I still don’t have the slightest idea on how to edit videos.
I wonder how difficult it is. Is it more difficult than being asked to hit a +30% sales growth when my company and customers only plan to grow at half the rate? I don’t know. My fiancé, Nicole, insists it’s way easier than that.
What I’m sure is that the latter is hard to achieve. I have grown accustomed to getting stretched business targets for the past 8 years. Yet no matter how ambitious they were, I always felt they can be done. I was confident of a good year-end result as long as I followed the process – plan early, engage partner groups, execute on time and review.
How come I never applied the same concept in achieving my personal targets? I have known this for 8 years. Why oh why?
There is no use feeling frustrated. I am just happy to be aware of this thought.
I know that applying this process in my personal target will entail a lot of hard work especially in the beginning.
Just like when I was new in work, I found it difficult to comprehend how this worked. But with time and constant application, the process became second nature, like a habit. I just need to get started.
How much I can possibly achieve once I apply this process, that helped me achieve impossible targets in work, to my personal targets?
I am excited to know!
I must do this now.