Monday, November 25, 2013

Setting and Reaching Goals


Precision, Passion, Perfection, Persistance


by Sherri Jessee
Success can be achieved when you take the time to organize your desires for the future and set goals toward achieving those desires. My exciting career in the beauty biz thus far has spanned 3 decades and I have travelled across 5 continents! If you would have asked me my goals for the future when I first began hairdressing, to be quite honest, the amazing things that I have been able to do would have never even entered my mind as possibilities! With an innate desire to grow and improve, it has been a personal habit for me to continually learn and master new skills. Much like setting my GPS and taking one direction at a time, I have set my goals and anxiously headed toward them one day at a time. Each new goal reached has given me inspiration to set and reach new goals. I believe our journey can be called truly successful if we use precision to set our goals, and act with passion, and persistence, and seek perfection.

PRECISION
Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable.

List the specific things you want to achieve. Do you want more clients? Would you like to have your work published? Would you like to win a NAHA? A precise goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. List your goals and commit to achieving them. Start with practical goals that possible to reach. Defining your goals is the first step toward making them happen. By writing down your goals and setting a time line, events are set into motion that may not have happened otherwise. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable—not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. As you reach your goals, build upon them and set new goals that are even higher.

PASSION
By achieving one success at a time, you will have an incredible journey.

Think about those things about which you are truly passionate. What would you really love to be doing? Where would you really love to be? Who would you really love to be working with? What makes your heart race when you think about it? Set small goals that you can easily obtain. These are stepping stones that lead to the bigger goals that you will eventually set—the really big ones that give you butterflies in your stomach when thinking about them. By achieving one success at a time, you will have an incredible journey. Establish a way of measuring your progress toward reaching each goal you set. When you are able to complete goals on your list, you will stay on track and experience the excitement of achievement. This will encourage you to continue the efforts required to reach your goals and create new ones.

PERFECTION
It is imperative to make a education a life long habit and constantly seek perfection.

As I am completing one task, in the back of my mind a voice asks me, "What are you going to do next to top this?" In our business we are only as good as our last cut or color and can not ever "rest on our laurels." With a firm foundation your skill set must constantly evolve to truly be a master of your craft. 

PERSISTENCE
True success will eventually come to those willing to work hard enough and long enough.

It was Thomas Jefferson who said, “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” True success will eventually come to those willing to work hard enough and long enough to achieve their goals. You must be persistent and set your “GPS” to your final destination. Then have the courage to head out on your journey. Don’t worry if you have to occasionally “re-calculate your route.” With persistence, you WILL have a fantastic career full of exciting adventures. 

About Sherri Jessee

NAHA Editorial Stylist of the Year, Sherri Jessee is a salon owner, behind the chair stylist, educator and renowned makeup artist with her own line of organizing makeup tools. To learn more, visit her website at sherrijessee.com.

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