Posts Tagged ‘purpose statement’

Diligent Financial Planning defines diligent as “constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything“. As a working definition that is fine, but when it comes to execution there is more to it.

Negative Diligence

Throughout life we encounter people who almost seem as if they are determined to fail. However, have you ever met someone who really wanted to fail? Probably not. Yet, despite a desire to succeed Read the rest of this entry »


Have You Reached Your Goal?

Have you reached your goal yet? Okay, this is a trick question, set me elaborate.


In a prior blog posting (What Are Your Goals?), I discussed the use of the acronym SMART when setting goals. As I mentioned in that post there of some variations of this acronym, but it is Read the rest of this entry »


What Are Your Goals?

Goals are one of those things most of us know we should use but often fail to do so. Basically they are what we use to realize our vision (see Why You Need a Vision Statement) and fulfill our mission (See Why You Need a Purpose or Mission Statement). Here are some thoughts on how to make goals meaningful and more likely to be achieved.


Failure to set goals for business leaves you directionless. Goals give you Read the rest of this entry »


What is the Purpose of Your Purposes?

At first thought the question “What is the purpose of your purposes?” may sound like doublespeak. But it really isn’t. In an earlier blog post, Why You Need a Purpose or Mission Statement purpose was initially addressed. Along with that blog were two other blogs, Why You Need a Vision Statement and Why You Need a Values Statement to help round out the thought process. Here I want to delve a little deeper into purpose.

How Do You Learn?

Okay, say you have a purpose statement, and for the sake of our discussion, let’s say that statement reads, Read the rest of this entry »


Is it Vision or Process?

Occasionally many of us have the experience of encountering a difficulty in business that seems to make us completely question what we are attempting to accomplish.  We begin to wonder if our business idea even makes sense and start questioning whether we can actually reach our destination.

What Is the Real Issue?

Years ago there was a commercial for Memorex Cassette tapes where a recording was played and Ella Fitzgerald was shown singing.  Then someone asked. “Is it live or is it Memorex?”  Obviously, the idea was to promote the fidelity of recordings made on Memorex tapes.

Sometimes I think we have a similar experience when we Read the rest of this entry »


Is Your Business Stuck in the Past?

Change is probably one of the hardest things to do, yet change is inevitable.  Most of us fall in the camp of those who enjoy some change but at other times would just as soon enjoy the status quo.  Why?  Quite simply, change can be scary, uncomfortable, and uncertain.

Change Is Essential and Good

As I said, change is inevitable.  However, it is also essential and good, as without it there can be no progress.  Think about it; if your business is Read the rest of this entry »


Why You Need a Purpose or Mission Statement

One of the most common questions people ask is, “What is my purpose in life?”  For our discussion we will use the word purpose interchangeably with mission.  Until a person comes to grips with their purpose or mission in life, there remains a sense of restlessness.  Quite frankly, the same is true of a business.  Without a sense of purpose it is easy for a business to be like a boat adrift in the water without any sense of direction.  Oh sure, you may know your core value (see Why You Need a Values Statement), and you may even be able to picture what you want the future to look like for your company (see Why You Need a Vision Statement).  But, unless you know the why behind your actions, your vision remains a dream and values remain unapplied in a meaningful way.

Success demands singleness of purpose.” – Vince Lombardi

If you recall the years that Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers football team, you will remember Read the rest of this entry »


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