As the New Year approaches, now is a great time to not only plan for the upcoming year, but reflect back on your accomplishments in the past year. Here at Vistage Florida, I encourage my people to do a couple of specific things as the year comes to a close:
- When looking back on the previous year, focus on the good instead of the bad. This may sound obvious, but so many people get caught up fretting over the past, they are not able to commit to their goals in the future. You worked hard all year long to succeed. Now is the time to reflect back and celebrate all of your hard work. At Vistage Florida, we have certainly faced challenges in this last year, but we still had a great year with innovative and inspiring advertisements, new Chairs and members, phenomenal training, and exciting retreats. We choose to focus on positive accomplishments like these going into the New Year.
- Set goals rather than making resolutions. I really am not a fan of resolutions. They tend to fade away within the first month or so, whereas goals, if measurable and obtainable, can have a great impact on both individuals and businesses. There are a couple of things that will help you reach your goals. The first is to write them down and place them somewhere you will see them. Goals that aren’t written down tend to become wishful thinking. In addition to writing them down, find someone to hold you accountable. Accountability is one of the greatest motivators and will keep you on target throughout the year.
I hope you find the time to pat yourself on the back for all of your accomplishments in the past year. Come January 1st you will have a blank slate. You are in first place once again. What will you do to maintain your position? Make this year count!
Happy New Year!