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Charlie Jimerson Rejoins Pete: Resolutions, Goals, and Goal Setting for Business and Personal Life

I recently sat down with Charles Jimerson who is not only a good friend but co-founder and managing shareholder of Jimerson & Cobb, P.A. Charles, aka Charlie, served in the U.S. military while simultaneously receiving his undergrad degree. He then went on to get his Juris Doctorate at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and has practiced law since 2006. He is a guy that walks the walk and in 2018 was named by The Business Journals as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in Law and Business in the United States. I was so excited to talk to this powerhouse and discuss New Year’s Resolutions, the importance of positivity, and goal setting for your personal and professional life.

Difference Between Resolutions and Goals

While similar in nature, Charlie suggests that instead of just having resolutions you should have a goal with trajectories and clear milestones on how to obtain it and believes that the “power is going to be in the follow through”. Charlie himself has made resolutions every year since he was 15 and is a big fan of creating a business plan every year – specifically business oriented resolutions.

SMART Goals

Charlie recommends that people make SMART goals. If you are unfamiliar with that, it is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.  He believes you are more apt to accomplish your resolutions if you create them this way.

Specific: Set a goal that is measurable and think specifically about what are you trying to achieve. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to get what you want. For example being happier is not a measurable goal however eating vegetables twice a day is.

Measurable: Have milestones along the way. For example if you want to lose 20 pounds in a year that’s 1.6 pounds each month.

Achievable: The goal has to be within reach and something you can actually accomplish so you don’t set yourself up for failure or disappointment.

Relevant:  Think about why you are setting this goal and if it’s relevant to the ultimate destination.

Time bound:  Tie yourself into a specific timeframe and set a deadline that you are constantly working towards.

Focus on Accentuating Your Positives

Charlie recommended this exercise to help you focus on what you what you are good at: choose 3 things that you’re as skilled or more skilled at than anyone else at your company. Why are you good at these things? How can you get any better? What outside forces get in the way of you getting better? What resources do you need to get better? How would your life and career change if you focused on just these 3 things? After you have written down these things, think about what you can do to reorient your life to focus on those skills. Another good exercise is to list 5 things you hate to do. After you have them written out think about which 1 you can delegate or outsource.

The moral of the story is to focus on what you love and are good at, and for the things you aren’t good at or don’t enjoy, see if someone else can do them for you. You will get so much more energy and work done if you focus on your strengths instead of the things that drain you.

The Power of Positive Thinking

When I asked him what he is going to do differently in 2019 than 2018 he said that in the past he had allowed himself to be influenced by the squeakiest wheel and this year will incorporate a matrix on how he spends his time and makes decisions. He plans to employ a 10/10/10 decision making tool which is where you ask yourself:

  1. How will I feel about it 10 minutes from now?

  2. How about 10 months from now?

  3. How about 10 years from now?

He also wants to be contagiously positive and uplift those around him. The way he plans to accomplish this is by having what he calls “time-outs” throughout his day in which he will take a breath, regroup and gearshift to be more positive.

I hope these tips and exercises help you make 2019 your best year yet! My thanks again to Charlie who gave us some great advice and insight on how to improve your professional and personal life. If you’d like to listen to the full podcast you can do so on petethejobguy.com or on iTunes by simply searching Pete the Job Guy for this and all of my other episodes.

Charlie Jimerson Rejoins Pete: Resolutions, Goals, and Goal Setting for Business and Personal Life

Handle Job Rejection with Grace

When applying and interviewing for jobs there is that dreaded period after submitting your resume, or after an interview, when you are waiting for a response. While that waiting period is well worth it if you are offered the role, if you are passed on there is no doubt, it hurts. So how do you handle that news in a way that reflects well on you and sets you up for future success? Here are some suggestions…

Gratitude not attitude
When you get the news that you were passed on, respond back in a measured and grateful way. If that means you reflect on the response for a couple of hours or even a day before pressing send that’s better than answering right away with a half thought out response. Start by first thanking them for letting you know their decision and for considering you for the role. Be gracious with your response and don’t burn any bridges. You never know, just because that particular role wasn’t a fit doesn’t mean that there might not be other opportunities at that company in the future that you may be considered for. If you leave things on a positive note you’ll leave the company with a positive impression of you so they will be more likely to think of you if and when those other roles arise.

Learn from it
If the opportunity allows for it, you can even ask for some feedback on why they decided to pass. Perhaps it was that you didn’t have the qualifications they were looking for, or weren’t the right cultural fit. Whatever the reason, the feedback will go a long way in helping you overall in your career. Know however that not everyone is willing or able to disclose this information. It may be that they don’t feel comfortable sharing this with you or it may be against their company policy. Even if you aren’t able to get feedback, asking for this shows them you are interested in improving and growing and will reflect well upon you.

Change your perspective
Look at it as an experience and a step to take you to where you want to be. You got to see what’s out there and have practice interviewing which will set you up better for your next interview. It’s likely their choice didn’t have anything do you with you personally and may have been based on factors you had zero control over. Learn from the experience and think about what you would do differently the next time. In addition to reflecting on that, also give yourself credit for what you did do right and focus on continue learning and growing.

If you are working with a recruiter during the interview process, it’s worth discussing the three points above with them. They may be able to talk to the client and get more information which they can share with you to help you grow. They will also work with you on overcoming the challenges you faced so you can position yourself better for your next interview.

Handle Job Rejection with Grace

Work White Out

Remember White Out? It’s not as prevalent today, but it was a staple for covering up mistakes back when things had to be typed out. Well, there’s no real White Out for work mistakes. In fact, we all make mistakes at work – however it’s what you do after a mistake, intentional or not, that can set you up for long term success. Whether you’re a new employee or a seasoned manager, here are some tips to bounce back the next time it happens.

Be Honest with Yourself and OTHERS!
Don’t sugar coat the situation but try to view it objectively and keep things in perspective. One of the quickest ways to earn respect with your co-workers and subordinates is to take accountability and admit mistakes. Conversely, you can lose credibility in an instant if you try to shift blame or cover up mistakes. Eventually the truth will typically come out and being accountable and honest in the beginning goes a long-ways toward building the right professional reputation.

Take Control of the Situation
If the situation involves others speak with them about the mistake quickly, acknowledge the mishap and apologize for what happened. A quick explanation of what went wrong, owning up to your mistake and letting them know you are correcting it will typically defuse situations. People don’t need to hear your excuse or justification; they usually just need to hear that you’re taking control of the situation. Most mistakes at work can be resolved or corrected relatively quickly so the sooner you can get out of panic mode and into solution mode, the faster you can remedy the situation.

Be a problem resolver
The final step is to look back on the situation and learn from it to try and ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Leon Brown said “Mistakes are the stepping stones to wisdom. We learn from trial and error; we become wise by understanding problems.” Were you moving throughout your day too fast and made a simple mistake, did you overbook your schedule and miss an important meeting? Whatever the situation was, evaluate the root cause and determine if there is a way to implement a check and balance to allow you or others to avoid the same mistake in the future. I’m pretty sure the world’s first alarm clock didn’t have a snooze function on it, but after a costly mistake or two somebody implemented a way to overcome our tendency to roll over and turn the alarm off without a plan b! Who knows, maybe your mistake will lead you to be the inventor of the world’s greatest process improvement function!

Work White Out