4 Measurable Steps to Take That Make Business Quotes Impact Your Life

It’s easy as can be to take seemingly feel-good quotes and turn them into inspiring action. Simply follow the below four steps, and you will be well on your way to accomplishing great things.

1) Find a Feel-Good Quote

For the purpose of this blog, I will use Winston S. Churchill’s quote:

“‘Success is not final; failure is not fatal:
It is the courage to continue that counts,’”
(Quoted by Jayson DeMers from Inc. Magazine).

2) Extract the Meaning

This quote inspires us to learn from our failures instead of be overcome by them. This quote inspires us to be confident moving forward after failure instead of discouraged. Courage means “the ability to do something that frightens one,” according to Google. So, let this quote encourage you, or put courage into you. Let this quote truly wake you up to the reality that you are strong and have overcome much harder things in life.

3) Turn the Meaning Into a SMART Goal

A SMART Goal is explained as follows by Duncan Haughey from Project SMART:

  • “S – specific, significant, stretching,
  • “M – measurable, meaningful, motivational,
  • “A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented,
  • “R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented, [and]
  • “T – time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable.”

For the purpose of this blog, let’s make this one SMART goal and break it down together.

  • Goal: I will strategically use negative and constructive criticism from one or more persons the next time an individual or group critiques my work and implement a list of action points I create to take their advice and correct my behavior and/or actions. I will then celebrate my victory once I have corrected my mistake, to encourage myself onward.

This goal meets all the criteria of a SMART goal.

4) Breakdown the SMART Goal into Objectives and Tasks

Here are four objectives you could extract from this goal.

  1. Identify the constructive standpoints my colleagues present to me that encourage me to change my behavior and/or actions, regardless of if they were nice about it.
  2. Strategize what actions need to be taken to change each behavior and/or action.
  3. Implement each action by a specific date.
  4. Celebrate each successful behavior and action taken to achieve this goal.

The are an infinite number of different tasks that could be done to complete each objective. Determine which you need to do, and do them well.

Try implementing this strategy, and let me know how it goes! Tweet me @MichaelADuch to tell me about it.

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