Achieve your PBL Goals

Achieve Your PBL Goals

by PBL Western Region Vice President Mark Creech

It’s that time of year again, when we must reflect on the goals we set out to accomplish. As the Western Region Vice President, many of you have approached me with your PBL goals. Let me say what an honor it is for you to share them with me. I am humbled that you believe I can help you achieve PBL success. Please keep in mind your goals should motivate you in a way that propels you into action. They must be specific, measurable, time bound, and attainable.

Last year, my personal goal was to reach the President level in the Career Membership Achievement Program (CMAP). To be successful in achieving your goals you must write them down. I’m sure you have heard this from your professors, parents, and peers. This adds validity to the process and helps clearly define the “why.” When I did this, it became real and tangible.

After several failed attempts to clearly define my goal, I reached out to a co-worker for whom I know goal setting is his strong point. He looked at my goal (I would like to reach the President level this year) and surprisingly he said, “Mark, that’s a great goal.” But, it didn’t inspire me to action. He suggested that I rewrite it to something like “I will achieve President level status by March 1, 2016.” Naturally, I kept it the way he stated it, because it was measurable, time bound, and attainable.

The next step was to make my action plan. After reading the requirements, I separated each task into categories based on whether they would take a short or long time to accomplish. I did this to help me execute amidst life’s distractions. Family, school, work, and PBL are the order in which I prioritize my daily decisions. Often, accomplishing my personal goals are put on the back burner by all the energy I use on family, school, and work.

The real key to me completing this goal was that I did something every day to make my goal a reality. Sometimes, they were small steps, such as organizing my calendar of priorities, doing a specific task on my lunch break, or lumping requirements that were similar together. Most importantly, I did monthly accountability progress checks. I kept score monthly of my progress and took appropriate actions on areas that were not up to par with my timetable.

Wow, was that ever critical, because sometimes we think we’re doing okay on a project only to find out too late that the completion of the project will never become a reality. Thankfully, I was able to accomplish my goal of achieving the President level of CMAP.

For many of you the first level you will need to do is the Director level. Please don’t worry, for many of you the requirements for CMAP Director level are done. Let me give you an example of how you can complete CMAP. Complete three (3) Service activities. This can be done with March of Dimes.

• Activity 1 (Required): Create a tri-fold brochure/rack card to promote Prematurity Awareness.

• Activity 6: Create a March of Dimes .org account.

• Activity 8: Participate in an activity for the March of Dimes.

Complete three (3) Education activities. The first activity is required.

• Activity 9 (Required): Complete the Goal Setting Worksheet.

• Activity 12: Email a PBL State or National Officer and describe what you have learned as a member of FBLA-PBL.

• Activity 14: Join LinkedIn and create a profile.

Complete four (4) Progress activities. The first three activities are required.

• Activity 17 (Required): Attend a local chapter meeting…

• Activity 18 (Required): Complete the PBL Internet Scavenger Hunt on the FBLA-PBL national website.

• Activity 19 (Required): Participate in Membership Madness. (Recruit five new members)

• Activity 24: Attended your State Leadership Conference the previous year. To help everyone reach their CMAP goals, I am focusing on helping any member who would like to complete the Director level. Together, we can accomplish great things and build a legacy of leadership. Dream, plan, execute and achieve success.

Mark Creech