April 9, 2012
One should never be fully satisfied that they have reached their performance peak, that no further improvements to any aspect would be necessary. With rapidly changing environments, entrepreneurs and successful professionals must constantly seek methods to improve, on a personal and business level.
To stay on top on the cutting edge, innovative level, you will need to engage in a systematic process of continuous improvement.
Determine your Performance Goals
There should always be a purpose behind a strategy, plan, or movement to improve performance. You need to determine why you need or want to improve performance. This purpose will set the stage to improve performance. Performance goals can help guide you to an end point, assisting you to keep focused on the objective to improve performance. Every professional and entrepreneur has differing performance goals, and differing levels to reach.
Ensure that you identify a strong performance goal, that is measurable and linked to a time frame (i.e. : Personal goal of achieving 5% more income by the end of 8 months, or Business goal of achieving 12% return on marketing investment through the first quarter marketing campaign).
To get to the root of all performance issues, one must start with an objective analysis of either your personal or business situation. Shake that notion that you haven’t been doing anything wrong or could not have been doing anything wrong.
You will need to take a serious look at any deficiencies around your professional life and in your organization. Step two is digging deep and really identifying the issues that create barriers to achieve the next step or improved performance.
Example of personal and business challenges and barriers may include:
- Financial limitations
- Time constraints
- Organization issues
- Educational or professional limitations
- Health and wellness, and work-life balance
- Balancing family responsibilities
- Location and connectedness
- Access to resources
Whatever the issue or challenge is, ensure that you objectively list them out as you will be seeking genuine resolution to improve performance.
Pathways to Improve Performance
Once issues have been identified to improve performance, you will need to develop some options to resolve performance issues. Breakdown larger issues and barriers into micro issues and establish a plan with milestone goals along the way. Similar to business planning, your personal improvement plan will be your blueprint to improve performance.
If it seems like you have many issues and barriers, don’t be overwhelmed by the overall picture. Feel assured you can improve performance by breaking the plan down into smaller performance goals and solutions. The example of personal performance of increasing income by 10% may involve many complex issues. Break it down into what can be achieved on a micro-step, daily basis. As part of a detailed plan, you may need to take small steps daily, seeking alternative employment options on a daily basis, or seeking promotional opportunities at work.
Stay on track and be dedicated in meeting your end performance goals. Stay positive and work hard at this to improve performance. Performance will not improve if you do not put in the effort. Your dedication and hard-work ethic will pay off and you will soon observe yourself hitting milestone performance goals.
Achieving Performance Goals
Through your dedication, performance goals will be achieved at milestone stages and at the end goal. Throughout the whole process, ensure that you continuously review your initial purpose, your initial goals. As mentioned, your plan to improve performance should be measurable and tied to a time duration. Measure your actual improvements against your planned performance goals. If necessary revise and be motivated to achieve the goal or next step.
Motivation, perseverance, dedication, hard-work … grab and use these from your personal toolbox and you will achieve improved performance.
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