I often get asked, 'Payal, how successful leaders start their year?' Coaching and associating with some of the top CEOs and executives from the corporate world, I've developed a tool called the 90 days to rule. And given how beautifully it worked for my private clients, I wanted to make sure I shared it with you to get you to develop a monumental focus around your biggest payoff project.
Here's how they practice the 90-day rule. Successful leaders start their year with an unequivocal goal statement and the desired outcome in mind.
Many of us don't have clarity on our goal statement. We have goals, but not a goal statement. As leaders, we are continuously drilled on setting goals and the importance of goal setting. Year after year, we set goals. But how many of us achieve those goals?
There's a massive gap between people setting goals and those achieving goals because of a lack of a clear, well-defined goal statement.
Successful leaders are very intentional. They give a thought to what they want to achieve and how they want to achieve. It is incredibly well-intentioned and planned out.
Most of us enter into the new year with a passion for achieving our goals. But just as the year begins, all that energy, that passion, begins to fizzle out all of a sudden. We feel lost and don't know where we are supposed to go. We lose that energy and the so-called passion.
It reminds me of the soda bottle analogy. When you shake the soda bottle and open its cap, all of the soda would fizzle all of a sudden. It would rush out, and then it's all flat. Similar cases happen with most of us. We have that rush to set goals, and we want to achieve goals; we enter the new year full of ideas and innovations. But then, within two, three, or six months, that total energy starts to fizzle off. All the obstacles begin to enter our lives; our daily work and routine pull us in all directions. Everything falls flat.
I don't want you to be a person who sets goals, and then when you are unable to achieve them; you start to beat yourself up and criticize, believing that you are not the person who is made for success, you can't climb the corporate ladder, you can't expand your business. You don't want to be that person. You want to be a person who enters the year, who starts the year just as successful leaders do.
To begin to apply the 90-day rule into your lives. Use the first90 days of the new year to reflect and plan ahead of time.
The first 90 days of the new year are incredibly crucial to focus on what you want in the year. The first 90 days can determine your success or failure and have implications for the rest of your career.
Whether you are in a new role, a new project, a new goal, or are continuing your past job, Most of us are under pressure to deliver from the day we start our positions, which leads to burnout and failures. All this depletes your energy levels when you need additional reserves to cope with the new information and your new or different responsibilities while meeting the boss's expectations.
The 90-day formula helps you reflect on your old role, projects, and any feedback you received and consider what you will resolve to do differently in the future.
Once you know where you are headed, you can start to determine how you can have the most significant impact over the next 90 days and identify what will make you successful.
So take a step back and analyze what the current year looks like to you, what were some of your mistakes, your accomplishments, your learnings.
90% of us miss this step entirely. We don't have a ritual that will help us put everything together in the year before we move ahead.
You must sit in solitary and begin to analyze what you've become in the process of achieving your goals. Ask yourself the below three questions:
Am I happy when I look at myself?
Am I what I've become?
Do I feel proud of myself?
When you begin to use this divine practice, I assure you will develop that energy from within to start the new year full of passion and end it with fulfillment. You will enter the year and end the year as successful leaders do.
I hope this helps in your journey. Share + practice + debate this with your teams and tell me your learnings.
Wishing you unstoppable success in the year ahead.
Your Friend + Mentor