Our guest for this episode is Andrea Butcher, President at HRD Advisory Group.
“Most people set goals from a place of dislike. For example, “I don't like this role. I don't like the work I'm doing, so I'm going to do something different.” I call that obstacle thinking and obstacle goal setting. How in the world are you going to get on a roll and build momentum going into goals like that?”
In our conversation, she shares insights and setting a vision and goals going into 2021 and beyond. To hear more encouraging messages from Andrea, check out her podcast, Being at Work, wherever you get your podcasts.
Andrea's passion is coming alongside leaders to help them maximize the performance of their teams. She has an impressive 20+ year career as a business leader, executive coach and advocate in talent development and human resources. With an undergraduate and graduate degree from Indiana State University (psychology and human resource development), Andrea has spent her career exercising her passion for people.
Trinity Nguyen: Welcome to another episode of keeping it 100. Our guests for today is Andrea Butcher, President of HRD Advisory Group sharing insights on setting a vision and goals as we get into 2021. I stumbled upon Andrea through her podcast, being at work where she interviews leaders who are willing to be vulnerable and bringing their whole selves to work.
She also offers up a daily dose of encouragement for those of us leading teams. Helping us with bites of wisdom as we navigate our day. I definitely encourage you to check out her show wherever you get your podcasts. And now here are some tips from Andrea as we head into 2021.
Andrea Butcher: It's a new year full of possibility and promise. It's a time for reflection. And casting a vision for the upcoming year and beyond, regardless of your jumping off point, we can all rally around the momentum of a new year we're setting goals and identifying objectives. But do you know what the research shows on the percentage of new year goals that fail?
Research from the university of Stanford and others shows that 92% of new year goals fail by January 15th. And you're probably not surprised by that have you ever really thought about why that is it's obstacle thinking most people set goals backwards. Instead of going out beyond the obstacles.
Most people set goals from a place of dislike. I don't like this role. I don't like the work I'm doing, how I feel. So I'm going to do something different. And then they set goals for one week, one month, two months. I call that obstacle thinking an obstacle goal setting. And how in the world are you going to get on a roll and build momentum going into goals like that?
Instead, start with a big picture vision. What will be your life or this aspect of your life? Look like in five to 10 years, get out beyond the obstacles and cast a vision for what it could be. Then you could ask yourself, “What do I need to focus on right now, or this year to get me closer to that?” Now I know that a 10 year vision can feel very intimidating to many others who are more future-focused, may love it. Many years ago, I created a visioning template that I've used since 2007, and I've used with many clients over the years, and it's simply full of questions to get you exploring the possibilities of what could be again, get you out beyond obstacles in six categories of your life: life, spiritual family, career health, social and financial.
So let's try it out. As I ask you, these questions reflect on your life 10 years from now. So think about how old you will be? What about the ages of the people you care most about? Okay. So now that you're 10 years into the future, reflect on these questions. What actions are you taking on a regular basis to review and enhance your spirituality?
In what ways are the lives of those closest to you? Reflecting the love and support that you've given them. How do you see yourself earning a living and what clubs or organizations are you actively involved? How do you describe your circle of friends as you view your life 10 years from now, what's your overall satisfaction level with your financial picture?
So those are the questions. It's an exploration exercise. You know, human beings are the only animal that can think about the future. We are anticipation machines and we get to decide what to anticipate and what to think about. That is always 100% within our control. Did you know that the average person has between 60,000 and 70,000 thoughts each day?
And certainly we don't control all of the thoughts that pop into our heads, but you certainly control what you choose to think about and dwell upon. You are creating your life as you go based upon your thoughts. So choose wisely, empower yourself, take time to step back and craft a long-term vision. Then you can commit with purpose to your goals this year and beyond.
And the vision gives you a place to fall in the tough moments. When I'm struggling with something, I quickly go to my long-term vision. It gives me the confidence and the courage to get back in the game. I asked myself, what would the 10 year vision version of me do here? I may not have any idea what I'm doing now, but the 10 year vision version certainly does.
You know how you start your day, determines your day. So if this message has resonated with you and provided some encouragement or something to think about, please check out my daily dose of leadership on our being at work podcast feed. Every single day, I launch a two to three minute daily dose of leadership to empower you to be the best leader you can be. What a great way to take care of yourself and each other. Here's to you in 2021 and beyond my friend.