Now that we’re into the New Year, you’re probably reflecting on your resolutions or maybe you’ve fallen short of your goals already. My advice? Forget resolutions, they’re just prescriptions for failure and self-flagellation. Instead, choose a theme for the year and back it up with action.
My theme for 2010 is “Delivering Excellence.” I know, easy to say, hard to do, harder still to measure. Without defining the action components that give the phrase specificity, it doesn’t mean much. My challenge – and yours – is to identify the measurable steps that will bring our themes to life and make this year different from any we’ve ever experienced.
For me, delivering excellence means being even more dedicated to my clients’ success, deepening my professional skills, and being fully present for the people I love. My measurable steps? To help 100 ambitious entrepreneurs brand and build their businesses, to make sure everyone in my membership coaching group My Accountability Club (www.MyAccountabilityClub.com) reaches his or her milestones every single month, and to plan the next phase of life with my soon-to-be husband, kids and new extended family. Ambitious, but definitely doable.
I’ve already asked the participants in My Accountability Club to pick their themes for the coming year. A vibrant and thoughtful group, here are some of their visions for the year, all backed up by specific action steps that they declare, record – and achieve - each month:
- This is my year for mindfulness and achievement.
- I’m in the Zen for 2010.
- I’m getting off the merry-go-round and slowing down.
- I will create diversified income streams.
- I am ready to simplify my life and let go of physical and emotional clutter.
- Now is the year I will realize the fruits of my labor.
- 2010 is my time to let it shine.
Now, it’s your turn. Pick your theme and the accompanying action goal that you plan to realize by year’s end. Make sure the action is precise, measurable, and above all, meaningful. Together we’ll make 2010 our most successful year ever!