This is traditionally the time when we make resolutions for the year ahead. We want to lose weight, get better organized, spend less, save more, spend more time with family, etc.
A New Year’s resolution is a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year. Statistics show that 46% of Americans usually make resolutions and only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolution.
What if you entered the New Year with a little strategic planning rather than making resolutions? First, ask what is your life purpose, what are your dreams, what is your mission in life? You have to know where you are going before you start down the road to get there.
You may already have this figured out or you may need to do a little thinking about where you want to go. Then develop goals for the year, both personal and professional, to move you toward your destination. Next, assess what you need to do this year to reach those goals.
Remember, companies continue to improve their products, think iPhone. You are your own product and realizing and embracing this fact is the essence of personal development. To improve and grow, it is critical to invest in your own self-development.
Look at areas in your life where improvement will move you forward. Your leadership ability is the first area to examine. You need to continue learning and growing as a leader whether you are leading others or just leading yourself.
Communicating is another important area to continually develop. Learning how to better connect with others helps our relationships and our communication results. Remember, most things we do are done with other people. If you are intentional about growing in these two areas, you can bet you will move along toward your goals for the year.
Then determine other specific actions you need to take to reach your goals. All of these actions become your plan for the year. Make them measurable and give them a timeline. If you base your daily and weekly agendas on this plan you will move toward becoming all you can be as you live life to its fullest potential.
So, forget the New Year’s resolutions and lay out your personal development plan for the year. Good luck!