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December 31, 2013?
If all goes according to plan 2013 will be a big year. I plan to turn 40 in April. I plan to lose the pounds that I accumulated in a particularly lazy period at the end of last year. I plan to write a book and, with any luck, it will actually get published.
Turning 40 will happen whether I plan for it or not. I will lose the excess weight – I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. Writing the book, however, that’s a biggie. I’m in uncharted territory and the likelihood of success depends on many factors outside my control, such as the whims of publishing houses.
What are your
plans for 2013? When December 31st rolls around, what will you have accomplished personally and professionally?
Stephen Covey wrote some classic business books in the early 90’s, and many of his tenets are as true in today’s work world as they were pre-social media and pre-iPhone. For example, Habit 2 in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is “Begin with the End in Mind.” The power in that simple statement! What would happen if, in the craziness that characterizes today’s workplaces, we took a moment to ask ourselves a simple question “What would success look like?” before
embarking on a task or project? Visualizing the end makes it easier to take the steps needed to arrive at the finish line.
So, I’ll ask it again: what are
your plans for 2013? What will success look like for you this year?
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about the following areas of your business life:
Marketing and networking
Numeric results – revenues, metrics, client acquisition and/or retention
Stress level and job satisfaction
Writing, creating, and/or inventing
Self-development, skill-building, and continuing education
Hours worked per week
New initiatives and projects
You probably won’t have goals in all of these categories, but if you have identified some goals, take a moment to visualize and document what success would look like. And, yes, it is best to record your thoughts somewhere other than in your head. Do as Dr. Covey sagely advised: Begin with the End in Mind.
For my 2013 plans, here’s how I have defined success:
Turning 40 – At the end of the day on April 11th, I will still feel confident, young, and happy in the life with which I have been blessed.
Losing Weight – To reach my goal weight by the end of March and maintain it within a couple pounds +/- throughout the year.
The Book – Because of the complexity of this goal, I have identified several success options. They range from a publisher printing and marketing the book to self-publishing. However, they all have one success factor in common – I finish the thing.
With every goal, there is at least one reason why
you want to achieve it in the first place. So, once you have figured out what success looks like, remember the burning reason why you want to achieve the goal. Remembering The Why can help you stay on track when distractions inevitably arise that can tear you away from your goal. My December 2010
newsletter discussed this topic in more depth.
Please allow me to conclude this article with my best wishes for a productive, balanced, and successful 2013. I write these articles with sincere hopes that my 1,025 (and rising!) readers will benefit from them. Please continue to forward articles that you think are especially helpful to coworkers or clients, and let me know if there are any topics that you would like to see covered in a newsletter this year.
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