As we approach the end of the first semester of 2016, let me recommend you spend a few minutes assessing how your life is progressing.
Here are a three suggestions for you:
1. How accountable do you feel about the choices you have consciously or unconsciously made so far this year? Remember that the consequences of choosing to follow option A, instead of option B, are 100 percent yours. What’s the decision-making process you are following to help you choose A over B? Is it because A is more urgent than B? Are you following someone else’s priority list? Are you defaulting to activities triggered by the usual structure of professional goals over the absence of personal ones?
2. Have you defined, in writing, what success looks like in your life, aka your personal mission statement? If you haven’t yet, how do you know if your life is moving in the right direction? You would not embark on a long trip without at least knowing where you want to go. Why would we attempt to undertake our multiyear life journey without at least a basic definition of success?
3. Do you have a system in place to proactively allocate the bulk of your time to activities related to your personal mission statement? If you don’t plan the activities that are important to you, then you’ll likely execute the priorities that are important to somebody else.
Let me close with a quote from the German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang Goethe: “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” Count on me to help you in this process. In my blog entries during every Monday in June, I will provide further insights and suggestions on each of the points above.
Percy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Speaker, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach
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