I don’t know about you but I can’t believe that it’s 2013 already. It seemed like the summer was not that long ago, and now we are starting another new year. The good news is – and it is good news – we get another chance to make great stuff happen.
I have always believed the best is still ahead of us, regardless of our age or the success we have enjoyed to date — but we do need to have a plan and the right attitude. Good things won’t come our way unless we are receptive to them and willing to step out of old habits and the ritual of always doing the same old thing.
In every aspect of our lives, there are things that have worked really well and hopefully fewer things that could have gone better. We may have circumstances we wished we didn’t have to deal with. With all these possibilities, now is the time to take stock of where we are and what we need to do to positively move forward.
One simple approach advocated by the Building Champion’s coaches is to assess the activities and behaviors we want to keep doing, start doing and stop doing. If we are honest with ourselves, the Keep-Start-Stop process can be a powerful tool. We can also include in the review those we work with and our family and friends. Little things (we usually see the big ones) can often get in the way of the good things and realizing our full potential.
The notion of not being able to reach a goal we don’t have is rather obvious. But even when we have goals, do we have a clear enough vision and plan for getting there? Often our thinking is too general. We really need to get very specific and detailed if we want to achieve our goals, especially the ones that are a stretch for us. What specific actions need to take place, and when, and do they lead progressively to attaining our goals and aspirations? Start off the new year with a solid list of actions. By doing this, when March arrives we may be a lot farther than we expected!
The biggest immediate challenges we can face are sometimes those issues in our life – business or personal — that are unresolved. They can sap our energy, our focus and our ability to be all we want to be.
These are often the hardest challenges, those things we don’t really want to address. We need to address them now! Spend the time to figure out how to overcome or resolve them. We usually know what they are but have avoided them. As we start 2013, tackle them and get them resolved. They might be negative and hard, but once they are behind us we can take better advantage of our opportunities and all the good things before us.
Yes it is a new year, and let’s make it the best one yet!