“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”
― Peter F. Drucker
It’s that time to get out the pen and write down a few New Year’s resolutions or maybe just think about doing something different pretty soon not that there is any rush to changing anything yet. What do you really want? For some people it is more “stuff” and for some it is just a better life. What most people want is the ability to use their time in a way that allows them to have time with their friends and family and they try to buy their way to more time only to find they have less of it. It is all about making choices. What is important to you?
This is your gift to you, to create a plan for action. To take the vital step of writing down your goals for this next year and really pursue beneficial change. Will you do that?
Make the choice. (Look at the video)
You have choices to make about your future and about each day.
What would you like to do in 2013?
Now take that goal and make it bigger and more aggressive.
What are you willing to commit on doing and then start doing.
Write down your goals and commit to working on them on every day.
I _________ commit to ______________ in 2013.
What will it be? Is it big enough to change your life for the better?
“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.”
Your daily plans should span the potential of both the best and the worst of things that could happen. Not to spend time worrying about what will happen but to have a plan in place so that the best and the worst is planned for.
Then what ever happens during the day you’ll have a plan for your day.
As Jim Rohn said, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” –Charles Kingsley
What are you enthusiastic about?
Your daily life?
Your view of the future?
If any of those things are not where you want them to be right now what are you doing about them to get them where you want them to be?
Do you have a plan and a goal?
Do you have the focus and desire to become more than what you are today?
To realize new personal heights implies focus, vision, values and awareness are being refined on a daily basis. Having a laser like focus on your goals and where you plan on being in a few months to a year. A vision that is compelling and just about out of reach can be a source of inspiration. Clear values that are central and core to who you are with alignment to the vision will carry you through moments of discomfort. Awareness of who you are and where you want to be will help keep the momentum of change moving in a positive direction.
Questions to answer:
Who am I?
What do I want to become?
What costs are you willing to bear to become who you want to be?
What forces are holding you back from making significant change?
An exercise for you to consider:
You are writing the last chapter of your life’s story. You are reflecting back on the years past and reviewing those years objectively, what will you write about? What would you have liked to change? What would you have liked to do more of? How would you define your life? What memories would you like your children to have of you?