... to What Will Be
This is the time of year, for better or for worse, many of us take stock of the last twelve months and determine on some level what the next twelve months will look like. While ultimately I personally favor a rolling goal planning process that is continuous over shorter intervals, most people still favor using the down time during the holidays to do their annual goal setting. Most studies show the success rate for New Year’s Resolutions is less than 10%, so regardless of whether we set our goals annually or more or less frequently, how do we approach the process of reflecting and resetting? The following is a structure anyone, regardless of business, markets served, title or level of experience can use to set themselves up for a successful 2017!
What Will Be…
The secret to this process is to be as open and objectively honest with yourself. If objectivity is a challenge, possibly work with a friend, associate or coach whose feedback you trust and respect. There are also tools that can assist the process such as psychometric assessments and the SWOT Analysis and Synthesis to name a few.
Once the answers to these questions are thoughtfully reflected and documented, you can outline the details of the plan like specific tasks, dates and metrics to your “What Will Be” goals. As Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
What will 2017 be for you and how will you create it?
Hello, Rick - Well said for 2016 and 2017; so, let's creatively lead Acton to appreciate the potential of having a leadership component (as my be appropriate for selective events). This could be part of the five-year growth program: first at Acton University, and then - as that works - to build on it. At every local Acton event we should offer an opportunity to join with us in promoting a free and virtuous society as a member of our Chicago Acton Team. For example, we didn't do this very well at the Open-Mic Night, but we certainly could do it in 2017, by simply announcing an invitation. I believe we could get Grand Rapids to buy in on this for our Chicago Spring luncheon.