What is the eighth commandment of goal setting?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses the importance of inspecting your goals, to make sure you are going after exactly what you want.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: What is the eighth commandment of goal setting?

    Gary Ryan Blair: The eighth commandment is thou shall inspect, what they expect and that is all about inspecting your expectations, very simple. Expectation should be determined in advance. You have to know exactly what is it that you are trying to achieve and that is why I said it in the beginning of the first commandment, thou shall be decisive, decide what you want, what your expectations are for your performance.

    Realize that in any type of a mission in system, you are going to be wining , losing or tied. So in this case, what we're talking about here, very, very simply is inspect your performance, make sure that you are doing the right things and you are getting the results that you are looking for and do it quickly.

    One of the things that concerns me especially when it comes for corporations, is very often, they have what they call an annual performance review. Well, the problem with that is and I emphasize the problem, is it when you evaluate performance once a year, there is no corrective action that can take place and the opportunity for a raise or for a promotion or any type of recognition for that individual worker, if you will, is gone.

    The smallest thing that you can do is inspect your expectations that what you are looking for at a minimum every thirty days. I do believe that it should be done on a weekly basis and it doesn't have to be difficult.