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The First Thing to do in 2011: Nothing

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.

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  1. This is exactly what I did – a couple of days before the 31st. Stopping, reflecting, assessing, asking God for His plans. Adjust, review and renew and you’re off for the next year. Not really THAT easy – but it did require a day off from all the busyness. Do it every year and it is worth it!

  2. Phil thank you for yourticle, as usual it is spot on.

    For the last month I`ve ben sidelined by ickness, which has led to my reflection about my passions and direction. I`ve already started studying to uupskill myself.

    I was feeling a little ‘weird’ but then I read your article which put its funger on the processes I`ve been attempting

    Every blessing
    Neil Stephen Cranmer
    Producerf /Trainer/Director

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