|February 1, 2004
Are you and your organization
By Chief Ronald Richards
Regardless of whether you are in a career
or volunteer fire department, it is usually your own personal development
that stops you dead in your tracks. How you view the what's happening around
you effects the most basic of personal development issues.
By now you are probably thinking, "Oh
no, not another one those setting goals stories...... I don't have time
for this $%)#@!..." Well, sorry to disappoint you. That's
what this article is about.
If you don't set goals doesn't mean that
you will be an absolute failure. Instead you will under achieve relative
to what you could do. Goals let you visualize where you want to
Without goal setting you are you will
be an under achiever. Likewise, if you are a manager or supervisor and
if you don't set goals your organization will under achieve. Last but not
least, if you don't set goals for your subordinates, they too will become
Goal setting involves
writing down what you want
Besides writing your goals down, need
to repeating them in order to achieve your goal. Thoughts are energy and
what you give energy towards becomes reality. You wonder why you don't
get anywhere. WRONG! You do get somewhere.
You get what you are picturing.
just don't see what you are creating. The solution is to master your mind
and watch what you are thinking on a continual basis. The trick is to be
able to do this and still carry on with your life.
Identify your long-term
You need to really take a long hard look
at what you want your life to be like years from now. What do you want
to accomplish? What will make you happiest? Once you figure
out your big dreams and aspirations, you put them down on paper and they
Kill the procrastination
Plans and goals on paper are great. You've
all heard, "we're good starters, but terrible finishers....." You
need to become more proactive. You now have your major task list
and have your goal firmly planted in your subconscious. Now you have to
figure out what you can do within the next 24 hours to start taking action
toward your goals. Why the next 24 hours? You need to build momentum. Once
you build momentum, you become more energetic and more invigorated. The
second reason to take action within 24 hours is to kill the procrastination
bug. If you wait to start, you may never begin.
Organizational stall tactics
Have you ever been at a meeting when a
discussion takes place? There is the traditional bantering between the
cliques and then someone says, "Let's get more information...." or "Let's
form a committee to look into this..."
What is really happening? Stall tactics.
No one wants to deal with the issue. No one want to take a position. The
scapegoat is to form a committee to gather more information. Chances are,
those appointed to the committee, don't want to be on it, so they will
put forth little, if any effort.
We all have excuses as to why we can't
do something. Anyone can give you a million excuses why something can't
be done. Those same people who have all the excused haven't moved forward
on their goals. Making up excuses takes a lot of energy and time. Instead
of focusing energy on excuses that don't serve you in moving forward, make
up excuses that inspire and enthuse you to do what you want to do.
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||About the author: Chief
Ronald Richards has over 28 years of fire service experience, both career
and volunteer. He rose through the ranks in the Forest City Fire Department,
in Forest City, PA and became Fire Chief in 1995 holding that position
through 2000 when he retired. He currently serves as the Chief for Training
and Safety for Browndale Fire Company in Wayne County, PA. Chief Richards
has over 24 years of service with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, having
served as a Fire Marshal with the Department of Public Welfare, a Fire
and Safety Specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
Currently, he is Superintendent Assistant within the PA Department
of Corrections, responsible for media relations, litigation coordination,
accreditation, and the writing of policies and procedures. Chief Richards
graduated from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Fire Service Administration. Richards is a PA State Fire
Instructor and an instructor with Command
School. He is the founder of WithThecommand.com.