At the start of the New Year, I think most of us look to it as an opportunity to start anew. Anne of Green Gables said, "Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it." That is true of the New Year is as well. It's fresh full of opportunity and possibility. I guess that's why New Year's resolutions are so popular. As we enter 2011, we can look to set goals in both our business and personal lives, but what are good goals to have? Is it to achieve something like running a marathon or resolve a conflicted relationship? There are many possibilities, and the motivation of the fresh year brings a wonderful burst of energy.
When I think about my goals and resolutions for 2011, five things kept circulating through the list of possibilities.
1. Love my friends and family completely. Stephen R. Covey talks about the concept of "love" the verb; in other words, making the decision to do the right thing for someone regardless of whether or not it feels easy. Covey states "Love the feeling, is a fruit of love the verb."
2. Make better decisions. This is a lifetime goals because we can always be better at it. Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church did a great series about how to make good decisions that can help people regardless of spiritual affiliation, so I want to share them with you. The foundation is to ask yourself a few questions when approaching a decision. Those questions are:
- Am I really being completely honest with myself? Because we're good salespeople at selling ourselves on bad ideas.
- What story do I want to tell? Because every decision becomes part of our past and our future story.
- Is there a tension that needs my attention? Because it addresses that bad gut feel we get when we know deep down a decision isn't right.
I've always considered myself a decent decision maker, but when I look back, I see how I've grown in that department. I want to be better at approaching decisions more wisely, and maybe with practice I'll grow at decision making over a lifetime.
3. Continue to meet new people and grow my circle of friends. I look to do this by signing up for adult learning classes, dance classes, boot camp or any other type of group associated with an interest or passion of mine. Please share ideas on how you, my dear readers, meet new people.
4. Give and experience as much as possible as a marketer and author. I feel fortunate to be in my company and position and feel strongly about the philosophy of getting as much out of something as you put into it, so I want to put a lot into my work this year and hope it produces good fruit.
5. Stay healthy and fit. This is a lifetime goal for me, and we all go through bumps in the road of being healthier and more in shape than others. Overall, I want to remain aware of my health and do what I can to stay healthy. So far I know that includes ashtanga yoga, spinning, swimming, running and walking.
These are my goals and resolutions for 2011. What are yours?