Part of the planning process includes establishing goals, which are often handed down to others to execute. Unfortunately, in many cases, the goals are large and seemingly unachievable.
When you’re the one who was handed a seemingly unrealistic goal, you have three options.
1. Complain about the goal because it’s not realistic.
2. Ignore it because it’s also not realistic.
3. Embrace it and accept it as a challenge.
Early in my career, my “old-school” boss handed me my annual performance goal. It asked for a startling growth target that I immediately believed was both unrealistic and unachievable.
As a young general manager new to how the game was played, I considered the three options stated and a fourth—find another job. We had a full 13 months to achieve the unachievable, so I chose option 3. My team got it done.
Leadership Tip When you’re faced with a situation that doesn’t seem achievable, embrace the challenge with confidence.
Sounds easy, and it is. You simply think, plan, and take action.
However, succeeding requires thinking out of your comfort zone. What have you never done? Can you change the rules of the game? Be bold and take reasonable risks.
At the same time, get creative with your plan. You know you can’t do what you’ve always done.
Most important, stay focused on executing the plan – which means 80% of your day (every day) must be dedicated to achieving it.
Remember, you can’t do it alone. That’s why you lead a team.