As we close out the year 2013 and prepare for 2014, it is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments this year and then look at some of the missed goals we didn’t achieve. It’s easy to pat ourselves on the back and glow in our accomplishments but what about those goals we consider important enough to make our list but we didn’t get around to completing. Do we take them off of our list for 2014 or add them back on, hoping we will accomplish them in the new year?
One of the key questions to ask ourselves as we plan for 2014 is: What are we trying to create? What is the reason behind making a change? Do you have a picture of what the end result looks like? Are there examples or models of what you are trying to accomplish? Charles Garfield in his book Peak Performance showed with his research that peak athletes and peak performers were visualizers. They see their goal, they feel it and experience it before they actually go out and try to accomplish it.
I like to think about it as getting above the fray, gaining that vista view and seeing your objective clearly. When you can see clearly where you’re going, you create a picture that can be repeated in your mind over and over. This picture then let’s you know how accomplishing your goals will have an impact on your life both professionally and personally.
When difficult situations arise you can stay calm because you know where you are going and can make the proper decisions to get to the end result that matters. If you don’t know where you are going then you have no clue if you are making a good or bad decision and fear begins to creep into your decision making process. Take the time to truly understand where you are headed and why it’s important to you.
You will get comfortable with the decisions you have to make, and the fear will not be a deciding factor in how you make decisions.
Take some time to create a clear picture of where you want to go in 2014. It will be worth the effort.
Thanks for coming along.