I’m sure you’re facing a long list of potential resolutions right now, and there are probably many things to be done in your life and the life of your organization. But on this first day of 2011 I’m recommending your first step is to do nothing. That’s right. No work, no resolutions, no action. Well, in a way at least. By doing “nothing” here’s what I mean:
Before you launch out with your noble intentions, stop for a day and consider where you’ve been and where you’re going. Think about your resources, your qualifications, your strengths and weaknesses. Most of all, think about your passions. As you do, here’s a few questions to reflect on:
1. Am I closer to my goals right now than I was a year ago? Did I get off track, or distracted? How do I fix that? Far too many people fail not because they aren’t qualified or talented, but simply because they got distracted.
2. What’s my greatest passion? What do I think about the most? What do I love doing, or what comes easy for me? What am I doing in 2011 to pursue that passion?
3. Do I need to change perspective? For instance, if after two years I’m still out of work, perhaps I need to get out of that rut by getting trained for another job.
4. What are my priorities? I’ve discovered that no matter how difficult the circumstances, the people who understand their priorities are the ones who stay on course the best.
Reflect for a day before you rush into 2011. You’ll find the rest of the 364 days will be far more fruitful.