Many of you reading this blog have a military background. Goals and objectives are very much a part of what we do. In my last role in the military I was deeply involved in the organization's goals and objectives. It took its toll over time, but it taught me so much. I am thankful for the foundation the military gave me in this area. As I mentioned in my last post, I am seeking to adapt my approach and execution of my goals post service. Balance is key.
I understand the importance of lining out the goals and objectives for my future. Statistics show that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if they are written down. Interestingly enough, a recent Harvard Business study showed that only 3% of Americans actually had written goals.
So, I can see why this particular blog post assignment is important as a part of this internship with the DoD SkillBridge program. It's a great way to capture what my goals and objectives are and sharing those goals with my network is a healthy accountability measure.
It's an interesting time to capture goals and objectives. COVID-19 has thrown quite a few things into a tailspin in most all of our lives. Our health and the health of our family and community is a major concern, followed by our finances, job security and a slew of other things that we once felt so confident about. Through it all, I am reminded to be thankful for my life. I lean on my faith and family for strength as I am sure most of you are doing as well.
So many of us are going through a “shift” in everything we do. I'll be honest, this is probably the least ideal of situations I was hoping for in terms of timing to separate from the military and transition into my next chapter in life. I'm reminded of a quote I once heard; “ you can't stop the waves from coming, but you can learn how to surf!” Guess it's time to break out the surfboard and get after it!
Just yesterday, I had a call with my team. We were discussing the new business plan for our company and having some tough conversations. Things are different in the world right now when it comes to business. We were accepting the reality that the way we did things before wasn't the most effective way going forward. Our focus was on looking at ways to “adapt and overcome” with the current obstacles in front of us. Honestly, COVID-19 or not, you have to be able to adjust.
This might not be the full mapped out SMART goals or a detailed strategic plan that those who know me are used to...but you know what, I'm good with that. KEEP IT SIMPLE.
GOAL: Prioritize My Faith
OBJECTIVE: Start and end each day with prayer/scripture
OBJECTIVE: Find a new church family in our community (Post COVID-19)
OBJECTIVE: Step outside our comfort zone as a family and participate in activities that grow us as Christians
GOAL: Maximize quality time with my family
OBJECTIVE: Volunteer together in our local community on a regular basis
OBJECTIVE: Spend one on one time with my Wife, Children, Mother, Father, Siblings and Grandfather daily.
OBJECTIVE: Take trips together each month (short and long)
GOAL: Grow a profitable business that supports Veterans
OBJECTIVE: Seek out knowledge/training/mentorship from Veteran small business owners/organizations over the next 6 months to finalize my business plan/strategy
OBJECTIVE: Become procurement ready for federal/state/county contracting opportunities during 2020
OBJECTIVE: Attend networking events quarterly throughout the year.
Thank you for those that support me on this journey. Your comments provide great strength.