Mondays’ have always been my day. I loved them. It was time to put my plan into action. That plan was different every week, but it was the same. It always revolved around sales, accounts, territories, products, management, building the team, internal and external meetings, traveling, putting together presentations, or whatever else needed to be done.
As some of you have heard, I ‘retired’ from my traveling sales career. Putting my traveling sales career to an end gives me a brand-new outlook in this brand-new year.
Next Monday, I will have a brand-new planner, and there isn’t an entry in it.
What will by my first entry in the journal? Quite simple; it is the same question I have asked every year.
“What will I be thankful for at the end of this year?”
Will it be that I have improved my health, or spent more time with my Grandson? Maybe I will be thankful for finally taking that class I have always wanted to take? Did I learn how to make beer or not?
What will you be thankful for in 2022? If you have struggled setting goals and expectations in the past, this may be the best way to start the process. Put yourself at the end of the period you are thinking (whether it’s a month, quarter, or year) and write out what you accomplished. Write out what makes you happy, how you got there, and how it made you feel.
Here’s a quick example:
I am thankful for spending more time with my grandson. I did this by devoting one morning every week from 10-11am with him. I took him to the Zoo in April, and a baseball game in June, and made him sit through an entire Detroit Lions game in October. This made me grateful because it helped me bond with my grandson, he is closer to me than he was last year, I cherished the moments I got to teach him new things. See, it is relatively simple. It is a goal, specific, measurable, and realistic.
Goal setting doesn’t have to be a complicated process that includes spreadsheets, mission statements, visioning sessions, or complex algorithms. It doesn’t have to be digital or analog, you can use a legal pad or a computer. It starts with your Why! We know our why when we look forward to things that will make us grateful in the end. The cream does rise to the top. Your priorities are clear when you realize what makes you happy and what makes you tick.
If you do not know your why, find out what your why is. John Maxwell’s quote is a bit more direct “if you don’t know what your purpose is, your purpose is to find you purpose”. It may be multiple things. It also may take on multiple roles … your role as a mother, a manager, a volunteer, a sibling … We can have more than one role in life, and therefore more than one purpose.
When you know your why, the how becomes obvious. At the Kole Performance Group, we use tools from Zig Ziglar, John Maxwell, DISC, and others to help you find your purpose. We help you build your teams, craft executive policies, or just listen. We coach, train, mentor, or advise.
If you have a blank page staring back at you, let’s start working today to improve your tomorrow.
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