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This is the time of year when people look back and see things that they haven’t accomplished and know that there’s no time left in the year to get it done.  You might be looking back and doing that very thing.  You may have unfinished things on your plate because you didn’t follow your plan, or maybe because you didn’t have a plan at all.  No matter the reason, it’s time to let it go, stop beating yourself up and move forward.  As you look back and see things you didn’t do, determine what you can do right now, if anything, and then what can be done during the month of January to get that ball rolling again and get it done.  Create your plan then work it.

If you’ve had the kind of year where things didn’t get done or you struggled to get things done and you’re serious about your business, it’s time to get things in gear.  2012 is coming in fast and it packs a punch.  It’s time out for all of the mediocrity and playing small.  There is absolutely no place for that any longer and you’ve got to be ready to take things on.   One mistake I see people make every year is making resolutions.  Don’t get me wrong, making resolutions is not a bad thing, but what happens is that they don’t last, simply because they don’t have staying power.

Resolutions serve their purpose, but they are weak.  Resolutions are declarations, something that you might do; your desires, hopes and intentions. They are in raw form and really are catalysts for what you want to see happen.  It’s great to have them, but they need to be morphed into goals.
Goals, when created properly, are rock solid.  They have the staying power needed to make what you desire come to life.  Goals are specific things that you actually commit yourself to; they are based upon your values.  They are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound), have the utmost clarity and involve accountability, mindset, motivation, self discipline as well as a detailed plan to carry them out.

As you look forward to this new year, take those resolutions and give them the shot in the arm that they need to come to life.  Make the time to turn them into goals and create your detailed plan to see them come to fruition.  Your resolutions aren’t going to be a match for 2012.  You need goals and a plan if you really want your business to do well this coming year.  Don’t take your resolutions into this next year.  Stop playing small and step up to the plate and play the game for real by turning your resolutions into goals.  2012 is here and it’s game time.  What are your goals?  Where’s your plan?  Your playing small does not serve the world.


June is here and soon half of the year will be over.  Have you accomplished the goals that you wanted to achieve by this point in time?  Are you on track with the others?  Did you start out strong and get sidetracked or lose momentum?  You’re not by yourself.  It happens all of the time.

Typically only about 3% of people have written goals and plans for reaching them.  Out of that 3%, about 90% actually reach their goals.  The key is the plan.  There is power  in the process.  We’ve reached a milestone as far as the process of this year going by, so it’s time to look at where you are and assess the situation. The good news is that there’s still time to accomplish what you want if you’re willing to plan your work and work your plan.

So where are you?  Struggling to reach your goals and sidetracked?  Maybe you’ve lost your momentum.  Where ever you are in the process is okay, so don’t beat yourself up.  Just acknowledge where you are, determine what you want to do and recommit.  As you do, there are a few things to think about:

  • Did you only create goals or did you create a plan to carry them out?
  • Were the goals you created solid and S.M.A.R.T.?
  • Do you have a clear understanding of where you want to go?
  • Have you involved others in the process?  If not, who can support you?
  • What do you need to do next?  Create or revamp your plan? Be more realistic about how much time it’s going to take to accomplish your goals?

If you find that you have to go back and revamp your plan, start with the end in mind.  “He who determines the end, provides the means.” – Benedetto Varchi.  Look down the road to the accomplished goal and then work your way back to see what things have to come into play for you to get to the end of the road.  What resources do you need?  What milestones will you cross?  Create or tweak your plan with these things and include all of the details in your plan.  Once your plan is complete, break it into smaller pieces to take daily or weekly steps toward each of your goals.

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