If you don’t enter a destination, your GPS is of little service. If you don’t create a goal, you don’t know where or how to focus your energy and activity. If you don’t have a purpose, you get pushed to-and-fro at the whim of the world around you.
With 2020 now here and its reminder of good vision, this is your year to get clear.
Where do you start to get clear? By deciding what you want to have happen this year – what outcome, success or achievement – would make this a good year?
No one else can define this for you, but it is a necessary first step to help you get clear about you. From there, you can more confidently work on getting clear about what you want, what fits you and what makes life good for you. When you figure that out, you can determine where you are and what you need to do or make happen so you can move to where you want to be.
To help you get started, consider an approach that I routinely share with my coaching clients. It goes like this: Imagine it is December 31, 2020. The entire year has gone by. You take a moment and realize what a great year this has been.
Now ask yourself: what happened to make it a great year? What were you clear about that helped you to make wise and sound decisions? What were you clear about to help you make progress on meaningful personal and professional goals? How did you grow, improve and make progress to be the best you or to be the person you want to be?
Complete a mental 360-degree walk around your life using the prompts below. Reflect on your response to each of the prompts. Consider recording your thoughts to help you see a more complete picture.
What do you want to happen this year in your life…
- With your health?
- With your family?
- With your friends and / or colleagues?
- With your finances?
- With your school, college or other educational focus?
- With your leisure time?
- With your career direction?
- With your sense of life purpose?
Complete a mental 360-degree walk around your professional life using the prompts below. Reflect on your response to each of the prompts. Consider recording your thoughts to help you see a more complete picture.
What do you want to happen this year in your work…
- With your career path?
- With your salary or compensation?
- With your relationship with the organization and management?
- With your impact?
- With your skill development?
- With your interactions with colleagues?
- With your retirement?
It is your choice. Don’t let others take control of this for you. Make the time to get clear to boldly and confidently define your directions. With this, you dramatically improve the ability to achieve what you want so when you get to December 31, 2020, you can reflect on the year and confidently state that you had a most amazing year.
By Jay Forte
Consider reading 2020 Vision – The Year to Get Clear About The Things that Matter