July 18, 2016

The Trick to Achieving Your Biggest Goals

A common tool for personal and professional development is goal setting: make $1 million in sales, run a half-marathon, write a blog.  The double-edged sword of goal setting, for me, is that these goals seem so far away that they feel impossible and intimidating to achieve.  Setting goals is useful, but what is the secret to actually getting from A to Z?

At TSP, the #powerofpersonal describes what we believe in and the competencies “be in tune, love what you do, be a leader, and get it done” describe the behaviors we value.  When I’m working, I look at the #powerofpersonal and these competencies to be my personal compass.  They help me determine my direction and choose the actionable steps I can take each day to be the ideal consultant contribute something meaningful to my company and my team.  Eventually, I believe, this will lead me toward achieving my goals. 

What if you spent your day doing one or two actions that acted in line with these or your own company’s competencies/values?

In the beginning of 2016, I set a goal to run my first 10-mile race: the Broad Street Run.  Clarifying my values helped me to choose this goal and eventually accomplish it.  Before this, I had never run more than 3 miles, let alone considered myself a “runner.”  And, my mind kept reminding me of this.  I was not sure how I was ever going to accomplish this goal.  It certainly felt far away and impossible. I applied TSP’s values, which have now become my own values outside of the office.

Get It Done.  Rather than focusing on the end goal of 10-miles, I broke my training down into smaller steps. Everyday, I checked-in with myself and asked, “What can I do today to better my health and improve my fitness?”  This turned into running just one more quarter of a mile, going to yoga, or strength training.  Slowly but surely I prepared myself for the race.  But it did not stop there…

Be In Tune. On race day, it wasn’t just about getting to the 10th mile; it was making each and every step count along the way that led to crossing that finish line.  It was about constantly reminding myself why I choose this and moving my feet to the beat of that purpose.  Like training for a race, it’s the small, actionable things that you do every day, in line with your values, that will lead to accomplishing the big goals.

Love What You Do. Running those miles can seem long and feel endless. To add some fun to my runs, I curated the best playlists and podcasts to help pass the time. I had no shame in singing along and dancing as I ran through the various paths and neighborhoods of Philadelphia. This helped me to create a sense of loving both the journey and the achievement.

Be A Leader. My husband and I set out on this goal together. Some days we trained together, and some days we didn’t. Nonetheless, we motivated each other and kept on schedule. ON race day, we ran together and coached each other the entire time. When one of us felt cold, wet, or ached, the other was there with motivation, encouragement, a smile, and a gentle push. I will add that I technically cross the finish line 1 second ahead of him. Does that make me the leader of our pack?

I followed my values and crossed that finish line. Within your organization, when you model and encourage others to make daily decisions that are based on shared values, you can accomplish the big goals –employee engagement and increased revenue.

I promise those small steps will add up to a large impact and you’ll love what you are doing along the way. The journey can often be more important than the destination.


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Jennifer Fetterman

Jennifer joined TSP as an associate consultant in March 2016.  She works within the C&A team providing assessment feedback and anything else to help the team kick-butt.  She is one year away from her doctorate in clinical psychology and MBA from Widener University in Chester, PA.  Jen also loves a challenging yoga class, a good book, and the newest Netflix series.

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