2017 Has Arrived!

I hope that you had an enjoyable holiday and that you got to experience quality time with family and friends. For me it was a tremendous opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate.

A popular activity for this time of year is to set New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had a lot of success achieving my past New Year’s resolutions. I like to set goals instead.

Resolutions seem to be linked specifically to the start of the New Year. Goals however can be made anytime through the year. Whether you call them resolutions or goals there are still a couple of things you have to consider.

The first thing you need is a strategy. It can be a strategy for your professional life, your personal life or both. Your strategy becomes your vision. It gives you a big picture to navigate against. Once you have your strategy created you can then set goals for achieving it.

The second one is that your goals/resolutions need to have plans for how you are going to achieve them. A goal without a plan is just a dream. You have to take action in order to make them happen.

As you progress towards your goals it is important to assess them against your strategy. Are they still supporting the strategy? You may need to make some adjustments. At the same time you should check your strategy. The new knowledge you gained while working towards your goals may inspire you to make tweaks to your strategy.

I wish you much prosperity and success as you strive to achieve your goals/resolutions for 2017.
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