Smart Objectives For
Leadership Skill Development

Setting smart objectives to help you succeed in both your business and personal life is important.  No one has all the knowledge to reach success in their lives.  That's when you gather up what you need from other people. 

That's how most successful people have achieved their goals.  They were resourcefulness enough to tap into other people's wisdom to help them get to the next level. 

You can find just about everything you need on the Internet.  You can read about the best way to develop your leadership skills on various web sites or find short videos talking about it on YouTube. 

As you begin the learning process you also need to follow a SMART plan for your leadership skill development, goals and objectives. 

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  I have a whole page that explains SMART Goals in more detail.

After you spend the time figuring out what you want to achieve in your business and personal life, you need to set individual goals for each area.  Some of the goals are easy to accomplish and others could take awhile. 

Sometimes you can think these goals are insurmountable.  When you feel that way, then you should work with someone to help you achieve these goals faster than if you do them alone.

SMART Objectives

When you partner up with someone, you get the their perspective on the situation which could open up new opportunities that you never saw before. It will also boost your confidence level in encourage you to move forward at a faster pace.

When you work with someone else, you use their knowledge which compliments what you already know.  As the saying goes "Two heads are better than one."

You can try to do everything on your own.  People have done that for thousands of years. Or, you can join forces with someone that already has the knowledge that you need rather than spending the time researching and gathering the information.  So, why reinvent the wheel?

Use what others have already learned as a bridge to your success.  This will eliminate a lot of trial and error and it saves time and frustration. 

Don't let communication gaps stop you either.  Just seek out other people's opinions. You can learn from their mistakes and what worked for them as well.

I know this man that never finished high school, but he's a millionaire.  He didn't let his lack of education get in the way of seeking help from others.  He spent the time with successful people in his industry and he read the latest information to help him succeed.

Another example would be if you are writing a resume for the first time.  Instead of spending the years of trial and error to see what works, you look the information up or contact someone who has had successful job searches and see what worked for them.  By associating with successful people you are more likely to be successful as well.

Smart Objectives and Mentors

When you seek out others to help you become successful, make sure you absorb information from more than one person.  When you have the perspective of more than one person, you can apply several different strategies to help you reach your goals of getting ahead of everything else. 

If you end up only interacting with one person, chances are you will do what they do and stay at the same level as you are or slightly behind.

By seeking out many different advisers and using what they have learned, you expand your knowledge in many areas through their wisdom.  Some smart objectives would be to work together with several different people and see new possibilities.  These opportunities will open new doors and could bring you success in more than one area.

You have to remember that there are still the naysayers out there.  You will come across others that may look at your vision and say it can't be done.  Either they have tried it and they weren't successful or they never even gave it a thought. 

When you do come across that type of person, limit your time or discussions around them.  If you spend too much time with them they can hold you back enough where you begin to doubt yourself.

It is important to learn other people's viewpoints and apply them to your success. This will help you move up the ladder.  But, you don't want to overdo it.  You want to keep your independence. 

If you constantly rely on other people to get you through each step, then you become dependent upon them and you start to lose any decision making capabilities.  You will no longer seek out new opportunities because you're afraid to do it alone.

There are probably times when you have come across that situation.  When I was starting out in my career, I needed guidance on developing a newsletter.  I gathered information from several people and put it together. 

Each quarter, I would ask for help again.  This continued throughout that job.  I began to rely on these people and was too afraid to do it on my own.  After a few years of job changes, I still would seek their advice but no longer relied on them.

Smart Objectives and Individuality

Of course, there are times where you will come across challenges where you should find the answer on your own.  When you find the answers yourself, you will become more knowledgeable and a stronger person. 

Encouraging you to find the information on your own does sound contradictory to seeking help from others. You need to find what that point is where you need to find the information versus when you should get help.

For example, you are building a deck.  If you're following your smart objectives and plans you find videos on the subject, talk to builders and even people at the lumberyard to learn the best way to build a deck.  This helps you find out what type of wood to buy and the best way to go about building it. 

But, what if you don't have the saw or other tools to put it together?  This is where you find all the information on your own and then get the help to actually do the building.

As you're gathering your research and figuring out your goals, you may come across a great idea and are unsure of the path to take.  You can consult with someone or make the decision on your own. 

Your experiences and guidance from others will help you achieve your goals.  You just have to believe you can be successful with this idea no matter if you do it on your own or with the help from others. 

You may come across people that advise you to not take the risk.  In fact, the majority of people may tell you to take the easy route.  But, if you believe you can make something of it, then don't be swayed by others because they said not to.  It's important to believe in yourself and know that you can do it. 

Follow your smart objectives and find out the facts to determine for yourself what is right and what is wrong.  Dare to be different and do what you believe in.  Going with the crowd is only going to make you one of the pack, not the person that stands out with success.

Our media influence is like that.  They are pushing their agenda onto the minds of the people.  Much of what we do or say is based on what the media has told us to do or say. 

They tell us that gas prices are going up, how to vote, the latest gossip and so on.  When you find out the facts and follow your smart objectives plan, you will stand out from the crowd and have a better chance to succeed with your beliefs.

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