A Goal Accomplished

I’ve always been a firm believer in goal setting and I’ve worked with all of my clients over the years on defining their goals, setting out the action plans to achieve them and then taking the steps to make that happen.

One of the keys to success in goal achievement is about the specificity of the goal, the definition of the clear and consistent actions to get there and, of course, the celebration in the achievement.

This has all been brought back to me in the last week on both the business and personal front.

On the personal side, I watched my son graduate from his dream school last weekend, not only graduate but do it surrounded by our family.

Six years ago, he defined what he wanted in his college life and knew the industry in which he wanted to work. He set out creating and following through a clear course of action with a combination of classes, internships and creating his network.

As he completed his finals and papers and got ready for his graduation, he managed to schedule three interviews for companies in his chosen field. Believe me, he is not perfect or different from any other graduating seniors who have had a clear course of action and definite goals. But without actions plans, goals can’t become realities.

When I was in San Francisco last week, I was speaking to two different groups. One evening we spent time talking about the importance of having a goal and the connection to the goal. There were many new entrepreneurs in the audience and this was and is a groundbreaking piece of advice for anyone starting out in a new business. It is also relevant any time you are expanding a business or starting a new project.

Here are the steps I teach around goal setting:

  1. Identify the goal.
  2. Review the goal and make sure you it is specific. (General goals are often overlooked and become unmeasurable)
  3. Create or identify the “specific” actions you need to take to achieve the goal.
  4. Calendar out the actions in a realistic schedule.
  5. Celebrate. When I say this, it’s not just celebrating when you’ve achieved the goal, it’s celebrating every small action step you take towards the goal. I must say our family celebrated all weekend especially when a job offer came through 12 hours before graduation.

Share with me on the SSC FB or LinkedIn page your goals and celebrations. We are all in this together and if you want to talk in more detail, please reach out to su pport@slatersuccesscoaching.com.

First Quarter Reflections

Three months doesn’t seem like a long time, but the first quarter of 2017 for SSC marked the start of the transition to a whole new world. I’ll be sharing a lot of that transition ongoing.

Commit to action. That was the name of the game.

I tell you this all the time and I promise, I do it myself.

In the past three months, WE, because it’s been a team effort committed to:

  1. Developing the plan moving forward for SSC.

We are going C squared.

Slater Success Coaching is turning into Slater Success, our work with Corporations is growing and evolving. Incorporating what we have always done, we are acknowledging the consulting work we do along with coaching.

  1. Revamping all the marketing material that have been out there forever.

This is in process. I posted a new bio to LinkedIn just last week. We are doing a complete overhaul of our website, capabilities brochure, talk topics. You don’t realize how much there is to update until you start the process.

  1. Putting ideas and processes in the right places, with the right people, and with the right actions so nothing gets lost.

My team and I use Slack, a great team conversation app, and we’ve added new and defined channels to keep workflow organized and up-to-date. Ivy’s Brain is a channel. Honestly, I go in there and dump ideas, so I can go back when I need it or my team can take the idea and run with it. No more Post-it notes all over my desk. Yes, this traditional Post-it addict is trying to reform and go “techie.”

If I reflect on the first quarter, it’s been all about asking ourselves a lot of questions and putting actions to the answers:

How can we do this better, faster, more efficiently?

What needs improved, updated, changed?

How are we growing, moving forward?

What is the next big move?

What do we need to learn?

Who do we need to know that we do not?

It’s been an exciting quarter and I really want to hear how YOU have committed to action. Tell me your process, your steps, your ideas. Share with me on the SSC Facebook page. Or, feel free to reach out for a deeper discussion to support@slatersuccesscoaching.com

Do this every day…

I’m all about looking toward the big picture, putting plans in place to reach financial goals, sales goals, client goals. But the big picture isn’t available right in this moment. Not for you, not for me. Every day is a step, an opportunity to increase our chances of eventually securing that big picture.

Decide on three actions, just three, you will do every single day to move your business forward. They don’t have to be the same three things every day, you can change them up as often as you need to, say weekly.

For example, three actions you might take today would be:

  1. Making at least one sales call.
  2. Spending 30 minutes on marketing.
  3. Reviewing numbers and finances for one hour.

Create this list for yourself and don’t stray. You’re having a tough day and a sales call doesn’t seem like your favorite thing to do? Do it anyway. That call might turn into a client that changes your financial situation and brings you one step closer to your yearly goal. And suddenly, the tough day just turned around. If you never make the call, you never receive the result.

30 minutes on marketing might seem minimal. But if every day for a week, you spent time on it, what would you accomplish? You post in some of the Facebook groups in which you belong that you’ve been neglecting and suddenly you’ve connected, received access to a free training or found out about a really great networking event in your area.

Looking at your numbers forces you to make decisions. Looking at what is coming in, what is going out. Looking at what will change as a new season approaches, a new program launches, a new team member is added. You might find yourself planning ahead because you dedicated the time and since you weren’t rushed to figure it out quickly, you were able to make smarter decisions.

This is a simple exercise to practice when moving your business forward. And another tip, why not add a fourth action item every day specifically for you. A health and wellness action, a mind reset. A spin class, yoga with friends, happy hour. These are important actions to take to keep you moving, too.

What three actions will you commit to today? Share with me on the SSC Facebook or LinkedIn page. And if you want to talk further, reach out anytime to support@slatersuccesscoaching.com

Is a to do list enough?

My weekend and start to this week was the epitome of plans gone awry.

My organized and methodical planning process (the one I use with my clients on short and long term business plans) was slightly different than my soon to be senior in college son’s approach as we moved him back to USC. This is his first year living in an apartment with seven, yes SEVEN, other guys and my husband and I were there to help him settle in.Slater Success Coaching Ivy Slater Is a to do list enough?

We had two days to get my son moved in, as commitments at home were pulling us back.

Our plane was delayed, so we lost half a day off the bat and then last night at 1 am New York time and 10 pm LA time, we were literally on Amazon, buying the last minute items we needed to get move-in ready. Thank goodness for online shopping!

I know you can relate both in your personal and business life. Too much to do, too little time. And even though the do list is written out and planned, things seem to get added to the list instead of crossed off.

Here’s the reality. It’s not just a “to do” list, it’s also a “get it done” list. A list is great, but without supporting factors, it remains just that, a list.

I practice this concept with my clients all the time. We work together to get out of that list mindset and into that action mindset. Here are three get it done tips to use today:

  1. Create the to do list. Whether on paper (my personal favorite) or using an online tool like Wunderlist, Asana or Teamwork. Get everything on there, personal and business related. It’s going to be overwhelming when that data dump starts piling up, but that’s why there’s a Step 2…
  1. Divide and take action. Break everything down into categories: marketing, sales, financial, personal, clients, etc. and figure out what you need to tackle and what gets delegated.
  1. Calendar time. This is the fun part. Create a grid on your calendar with Slater Success Coaching Ivy Slater Is a to do list enough?.JPG2each day of the week and the times 8 am to 8 pm, or whatever times work for you. Look at your to do list and circle the three things that bring money into your business. Those are the three things that are most important to get scheduled. Then, just fill in the blanks. Everything from networking to follow-up to paying bills. It’s a lot less daunting when everything has a dedicated day and time. Try it!

*Don’t forget YOUR HEALTH on that to do list.

I choose to put health and wellness as top priorities in my calendar. As CEO of SSC, if I’m not healthy, SSC is vulnerable. Yoga, walking, exercise, healthy eating. I put in time to accomplish my goals here.

If you are struggling with your to do list, stop right there and reach out to us at support@slatersuccesscoaching.com. We are here to help and support you always!