Welcome to 2021 and as we launch in to another year of choosing to chase our Vision and living our Purpose, it’s been refreshing to take some time over the break to rest, recharge and reflect on what we want this year to look like. Reflecting on the past 12 months was powerful as it highlighted a number of Learning’s that will shape the next 12 months.
One resource consumed over the break was the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. One quality learning from this was that if we weren’t the ones to set out our strategy or set our own intentions for the period in question… others would do it for us and it wouldn’t necessarily align with what we ultimately want. This resonated, both as a business owner and also as a team member, because there have been times when not taking ownership of my direction meant it was dictated for me.
So i’ll ask you a question…. Do you let people with dirty shoes walk in to your house, take food from your fridge and walk back out leaving a mess for you to deal with? If the answer is YES… then you’ll take what you are given so good luck with this. If the answer is NO… you value yourself and are prepared to take control of your direction.
So if you want to take charge of your direction this year, what can you do now to ensure you get to fill your time with what you want.
Here are three tips to help you kick this off now:
- Set YOUR strategy – make time to get very clear on what you want to achieve and deliver by years end. Regardless of any uncertainty you may think about what may happen, starting out with a view of what you want by years end and the feeling it will give you, is super powerful. Make this your plan and get it down on paper today !
- Set YOUR key actions – it’s ok to have a plan, but a plan without action is simply a list. Set out the actions you will undertake to make Your plan happen. Whether it’s new clients you seek, the type of leader you will be, or the personal learning you will cover… setting clear activities you will take on helps focus your effort.
- Set YOUR WIG’s – Wildly Important Goals are the top 3 goals you would like to achieve by years end. Set them as SMART goals (Simple, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) and ensure they are visible to you and your teams. Having your team aware of your goals, and you being aware of theirs, allows everyone to help each other achieve their targets.
Value you, your skills, your experience, and those in your business. As business leaders, you are the ones who dictate how things operate in your business… so get clear what you want, clearly communicate this to others and stay true to you and your offerings.
Are you unclear of how to make these tips happen? Click on the link below to set up a Free 20min Strategy Check-in to see how you can start the process.
We look forward to bringing you even more valuable tips this year.