My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out. — Ronald Reagan
I do not set New Year’s resolutions; I set goals. The reason being, I rarely meet anybody who puts real thought into their resolutions. They usually arrive sometime between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve and discover that they are 40 lbs. overweight, or that smoking probably isn’t going to add years to their life; and they now vow to change that. I do not know anybody that ever really changes it. In fact, research tells us that only 8% of people are actually successful in achieving their New Year’s Resolution.
What I do believe in is being very intentional about setting goals in every area of your life:
- Organizationally we set goals that are determined with our team and with our Board of Directors so everyone shares the same vision. Everyone has an opportunity for input but as a leader I must take the first step to kick off the process.
- Personally I take time to set “life” goals. I talk through them with people who are close to me, with my personal “Board of Directors,” to ask: Do you see this making me a better leader? A better person? A better man of faith? Better off financially? Does this advance my cause?
- As a family we set goals. We set goals for intentional family time so it is not a fantasy or only a dream. This is time for which we are putting holds on calendars, putting processes in place and then holding ourselves accountable to.
Then, I look at these goals every day. Am I obsessing over them? No. But, I believe if you put things in writing, if you are intentional about them, if you review them, you begin to discover that you are getting one step closer. The key is to be intentional.
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I do not need a New Year’s resolution because I have set goals for myself throughout the year that encompass each sphere of my life. It is not a decision I make in haste followed by a New Year’s Eve kiss. I am not diminishing anyone who sets a New Year’s resolution because if I ever spill salt, I immediately throw a pinch over my shoulder. I always pick up pennies on the ground. I have lots of superstitions that I believe in, so I get that, but I just do not believe in New Year’s resolutions.
Simply put: I think good leaders set and own their goals, not just for their business, but for their personal lives, for their families and for all things that are important to them. So, go get started!
Question: Are you setting goals for each area of your life? How are you being intentional about meeting your goals?