How are you doing with your new procurement resolutions for 2013?

January 2nd, 2013

The reason I ask is that for the most part all of you will fail to achieve them.

Many of you have attended self-improvement seminars over the course of your career. This author and has attended dozens if not hundreds. The fact is that in most cases the underlying message regardless of who is leading the session is simple and to the point. There are all sorts of quotes that come from these sessions.

Here are a few, and I paraphrase here as I’m working from memory

1. Goals are nothing more than dreams with a deadline.

2. If you don’t write down your goals they won’t happen.

3. Whatever the mind of a man can conceive and believe he can achieve.

4. You are what you think about most

5. If you think you can you can and if you think you can’t you’re right.

During this time of year, we get the benefit of a do over from our failures from the past yea’s goals and resolutions. Most businesses close their books in December. So 2012, is over and if we were not successful, we get a do over in 2013. That is if we kept our jobs.

Every company, or at least those that want to be successful, develop an annual plan. This represents their wishes and goals. This normally takes months and follows a format of developing a strategic plan that is rolled out tactically by functional areas within the company such as finance, operations etc. Where most workers are concerned, the tactical plan is where you will interface.  In fact your boss has most likely already reviewed your departments plan for 2013 with his or her team.

So here’s an interesting question for you. Have you developed your personal plan to support your departments plan? Has your boss even asked you too?  I’m sure the answer to both questions is no for at least 90% of you. And there in is the reason I say that most of you will fail to achieve your goals or resolutions. The fact is that 80% of all New Year’s Resolutions have failed within a week and 98% have failed within 6 weeks.

The reason for the above is because the resolutions are typically to grandiose, not well defined or thought out and not written down. If this is the case with personal resolutions or goals, it’s safe to assume that it will be the same for your business goals or resolutions. Let’s hope not.

Typically each year I take a day to kind of free form my ideas and thoughts for the upcoming year. I do this for my personal life first and then for my business life. I basically write everything that comes into my head down. I then convert it to a permanent document that I can refine from high level thoughts to actionable items. This is a hugely important step as writing is a psycho neuro muscular activity that locks these thoughts into your brain and gives one a reference point to come back to. Now thoughts and resolutions can be turned to goals with actionable tasks. Success at this point is just a matter of time and energy.

If you’d like to discuss how SafeSourcing can help you realize your business goals and resolutions for 2013, please contact a SafeSourcing customer services account manager.

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