By Jay Forte
Now firmly in 2018, be honest: how did your new year start? Are you achieving your goals? Do you find yourself presented with the opportunity to create new goals?
Regardless of how the almost two months have been, you still have 10 months to achieve whatever it is you’ve defined for 2018 to be successful. How? As Steven Covey shares in Habit 2 of his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, ‘begin with the end in mind.’
Needless to say, the best place to start is to set an achievable goal. This helps you stay focused on where you are headed. Know how to measure your progress so each day is closing the gap from where you are to where you want to be.
And if that seems too much, and it is for a lot of people, then just consider approaching 2018 with the mantra, ‘Be Better.’ Look at the situations, events and circumstances in your work and life and ask, ‘what could I do to make this better?’
Tuning in more intentionally to your world and watching for opportunities to make things better can have a profound effect on you, your work and your surroundings.
Here are a few thoughts to help you focus on being better all year, every year.
- Be better in your work – think creatively, efficiently and get the details right.
- Be better in communicating – always add value, not just make noise.
- Be better in managing your judgments and biases – create less challenge and conflict.
- Be better with your teammates – how you support them in work and care about them as people.
- Be better in your communities – how you give your time and effort to make your town, city or neighborhood a great place to live.
- Be better with our planet – how you recycle, minimize your footprint and how you intentionally appreciate the natural beauty around us.
- Be better in your relationships out of the office – how you connect, listen, share and support.
- Be better to yourself – your self-talk, personal expectations and commitment to being your best in all you do.
You have control over how you approach each day. Commit to being better every day, in any way that you notice. Learn more. Be more responsive. Be more connected. Be more aware. Be tougher and more resilient. Be more creative. Be more present. Raise your game. Be better.
Become the person who inspires everyone around you to do the same.