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The Link Between Emotions, Achieving Goals and Creating Change

The link between, emotions, achieving goals and creating change

The quest to create change to achieve the results that matter most to you can feel challenging,

People often focus heavily on strategy, goals, planning, to-do lists etc. as their main approach to creating better results. Those things are important, but you can have the best goals, strategy and action plans in the world, but without the right behaviours and habits to execute that, you risk not achieving the outcomes you desire.

It is behaviour that delivers results. And the driving force behind our behaviour is our emotions.  That is because when we feel a certain way, we act a certain way and that delivers a certain result or outcome. So, emotional management is an important skill to learn and foster to improve performance and results in any area of your personal life, work, business, organisation or relationships.

What I mean by emotional management is the ability to proactively identify how and why emotions impact behaviour, performance, progress and results and have strategies, processes and methods to effectively manage those to achieve specific outcomes.

Emotions are like a compass. They are a guide to point you in the direction of what you need to do to set yourself up to succeed and thrive. Ignoring them can hold you back, sabotage progress, and cost you the results that matter most to you.

Therefore, unless we understand and manage emotions effectively, results become less predictable, less consistent and less sustainable.

One problem is that emotional management is a subject not commonly talked about, let alone embraced. Rarely do you hear conversations, especially in work, business, and organisations, about emotions and how they impact current and future results. It is not often a factor considered when working on achieving better outcomes. That needs to change.

The starting point is for emotional management strategies to be integrated into planning and processes. Here are five steps to help you get started with this:

Step 1 – Get crystal clear on the outcome, goal or results you would like to achieve. Or maybe it is a change you want to create.

Step 2 – Identify the behaviours that would achieve those results.

Step 3 – as you think about the behaviours you have identified, clarify what emotions will likely drive those behaviours. How do you need to feel to behave that way?

Step 4 – integrate into your plans a strategy to create desired emotions that will drive behaviour that delivers your desired outcome.

Step 5 – identify emotions that might drive behaviour that gets in the way or sabotage progress. Work out a plan to proactively manage those.

These five steps can give a strong foundation on which to develop an emotional management strategy and skills that will support achieving specific and tangible goals and create change.

Emotion is often seen as a “soft” subject because it is not tangible. But, just because we cannot easily apply metrics to emotion doesn’t mean its impact on results isn’t significant. That is why emotional management is an important part of achieving the results that matter most to you in your personal life, work, business, organisations, teams, and relationships.

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