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Is the Bar too High?

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When it comes to goal-setting, it’s easy to assume that bigger is always better, and that more is always… more. Our pride can rear its head with the notion that there’s no such thing as a bar that’s too high to set for your business goals or life goals. Right?

Wrong.

As a business leader, you have to be willing to sense when a goal is too far out of reach. It can actually hurt company morale and motivation if it’s not grounded in something credible. Leadership depends on having one foot on the ground while raising another into new territory.

An Ungrounded Target

I once worked with a business owner whose business earned $300K in sales over the year. When he sat down to write out his goals for the following year, he put down a new target of $5 billion. While I admired his ambition and drive, I knew that part of my job was to get his leadership and goals grounded in reality.

When I asked him where he got that number from, he simply said that this is the number that came to him and that he thought it was possible. He subscribed to the belief that you can manifest your reality if you really believe in it.

I reframed the conversation around why would he put this level of pressure on himself and his team. Instead, start with a scalable goal. A healthy challenge that inspires others to perform—but not one that is so unreachable that people don’t take it seriously. He felt relief hearing this. He realized he had to find a number he was more connected to—and not a goal that he came up with out of thin air.

Intuition Connects You to Your Goal

How often have we all picked a random target, something that got stuck in our head for whatever reason? In an era of “hustle” and “crush it,” it can be easy to set the bar too high. But this only happens if you abandon your deeper connection to your goals.

It’s crucial to ask yourself why a goal is important for you and whether it aligns with your highest values.

In other words, if your goals are truly grounded to the core of your values and purpose, that’s a business you can literally get behind!

If you want guidance in bringing your leadership team’s collective intuition and intelligence into your strategy and planning for superior decision-making, stay tuned for the next blog post, or reach out to us at info@invisible-edgellc.com.

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Decisive Intuition is available where books are sold on March 1, 2019. Pre-order your copy now on Amazon!

“Snyder shows you not only why building intuitive skills for your leaders and teams are critical for innovation and success, he actually shows you how to do it. This practical and inspiring book will transform your company culture and keep you a step ahead of the marketplace.”

Marshall GoldsmithNew York Times #1 bestselling author, Triggers

 

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Beyond Your Comfort Zone

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Neale Donald Walsh famously said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” If we are always comfortable and doing what’s familiar, then we are not challenging ourselves. We are not growing. We stay in a comfortable, predictable, and stagnant existence.

If you look around at your friends and colleagues, chances are you will see a spectrum of some people who are just trying to ‘get by’ and follow the routine that they know. You will also see others who listen to the beat of a different drum and lean into challenges and new opportunities that stretch them, make them uncomfortable, yet alive.

Comfort AND Growth

In fact, you most likely can see these two polarities at play in your own life: the need to be comfortable and the need to grow. And there is a time and place for both. Yet more often than not, I find that choosing growth is the more fulfilling path.

  • What does life feel like when you are just counting the days to the weekend or the next holiday or vacation?

  • What is it like when you wake up each morning and feel gratitude for making the most out of the day ahead?  

  • Which one of these realities is most true right now?

The great thing about listening to your intuition is that this immediately pulls you out of your comfort zone and into uncharted territory. Listening to your inner guidance provides insights from a different angle. This is literally where the term ‘outside-the-box thinking’ comes from.

Expertise On ‘Pause’

When you are setting goals and planning for your future, sometimes you have to be willing to suspend what you know. And this is one of the hardest things for leaders to do. Putting your expertise on ‘pause’ and opening up to all of the possibilities of this moment is rarely modeled in the boardrooms and team meetings around the globe.

If you or another leader is exemplifying this, you are receiving a valuable gift and a reminder of how to stay fresh and alive in your life, and cultivate a growth mindset for your teams.

One of our passions at Invisible Edge is helping leadership teams and creatives identify and unlock an unproductive mindset and move toward one of growth and possibility. If you have a sense that it’s time for a different conversation than the one you’ve been having, reach out to us at info@invisible-edgellc.com and let’s talk.

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Decisive Intuition is available where books are sold on March 1, 2019. Pre-order your copy now on Amazon!

“Snyder shows you not only why building intuitive skills for your leaders and teams are critical for innovation and success, he actually shows you how to do it. This practical and inspiring book will transform your company culture and keep you a step ahead of the marketplace.”

Marshall GoldsmithNew York Times #1 bestselling author, Triggers

 

For Aligned Goal Setting, Work from the Inside Out

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Goal-setting is one of the most talked about topics this time of year. There are hundreds of thousands of articles and books right now on how to set goals, how to break them down into simple action steps, how to build-in accountability and follow-through, how to dream big, create your best life, etc.

And while all of that is helpful and relevant, one question that often gets missed is: what is the source of your goals?

Outside-In

Are there YouTube celebrities that you follow that influence the type of goals you set? Do you compare yourself to others in your life or your own past performance, committing to double last year’s output with no better reason than doubling last year’s output?

When I make goals from this place (and I have), it feels very ‘outside-in.’ I get inspired for a couple of weeks, but I am never fully behind my declarations when they come from someone or somewhere else, or from a target that I’m not connected to in a meaningful way.

Inside-Out

When you allow your intuition to play an important role in your goal setting process, you’re more likely to feel a sense of alignment and purpose as you’re working to achieve those goals.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:

  • Are you making time and space to listen to your inner guidanceyour intuitive signals and cuesto figure out what really inspires you?
  • When you get really honest with yourself,  where do you want to be a year from now?
  • Why? What really motivates you about that goal?
  • As you reflect on what goals are most important at this stage of your business and your life, are you aware of your feelings?

If there’s something you really want, there will often be a healthy dose of fear, or at least the feeling that the stakes are high.

My experience is that my intuition, or deeper guidance, is always trying to connect the dots in the background. It is always leading me toward my most fulfilling life. I’ve learned to trust this voice and this feeling over time, mainly through experiencing consequences when I don’t listen.

For me, the challenging part is slowing down and making time to listen. In today’s cult-of-busyness world, it’s easy to get caught up and forget to breathe and reflect.

Secondly, when I get hunches that feel right but don’t fit the picture I had in mind, it can be tough to have the courage to follow through on the “inside intel” that I’m getting.

When I act on my intuitive signals, it serves me in incredible ways. There’s a deeper thread in my life that guides me to my next areas of growthif I have the courage to slow down, listen, trust, and act.

Checking in right now, what am I hearing?

Put down the technology and go internal.

intuitive decision making workshop2019 will require a lot of extroversion, with the launch of Decisive Intuition, going on tour, and continuing to teach, coach, and train new audiences about the value of developing intuitive intelligence in the workplace.

So to wind up 2018 and into the new year, I’ll be spending some quiet time on a solo retreat. I am looking forward to unplugging from technology and going within. Nature and inner nature are calling, and I am curious to discover what wants to happen next, by listening to what’s happening right now.

 

Are you making time to unplug in your own way, get quiet and still, and listen to what wants to be created in your 2019? Leave your comments below! I’m curious to hear what you discover!

Here’s to a great start to your 2019!

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Decisive Intuition is available where books are sold on March 1, 2019. Pre-order your copy now on Amazon!

“Snyder shows you not only why building intuitive skills for your leaders and teams are critical for innovation and success, he actually shows you how to do it. This practical and inspiring book will transform your company culture and keep you a step ahead of the marketplace.”

Marshall GoldsmithNew York Times #1 bestselling author, Triggers