Do You Want to Make a Difference in 2016?\r\n\r\nAs the start of 2016 approaches, let me suggest four potential answers to the question above:\r\n\r\n1. I don’t know. I have more pressing things to worry about.\r\n2. I do, and I want to make it a great year.\r\n3. I do, and I plan to live my life in a “business-as-usual” mode.\r\n4. I do, and I already have a methodology.\r\n\r\nDepending on your response, here are my suggestions for your next steps:\r\n\r\n1. If you answered #1 above, I invite you to read further and review my recent newsletter on analyzing how you fared in 2015.\r\n\r\n2. If you answered #2 above, let me share a simple process that can get you started:\r\n\r\na. Review your 2015 performance. Read my November newsletter and blog articles. Write down the top one to three areas in which you either want to improve a low 2015 performance or leverage a strength in 2016.\r\n\r\nb. Update your personal mission statement. If you haven’t drafted one yet, I strongly suggest you do so during December. I invite you to read a previous newsletter on this subject.\r\nIf you have drafted a personal mission statement, review it to detect any areas that may need an update or if your analysis of 2015 uncovered any needed adjustments. The outcome of this step should be an updated mission statement.\r\n\r\nc. Review your life roles. Our life is dynamic and priorities may shift from one year to the next. However, if you haven’t defined your roles yet, I suggest you start with two: Professional and Personal. Define what your major responsibilities are for each. If these definitions get too general, consider splitting the role into more specific ones. For example, “Professional” can be split into being a business leader and a people manager. “Personal” could be divided into spouse and physical, mental, and spiritual health.\r\n\r\nd. Set goals for 2016. Once your roles are defined, set a goal for each one, and answer the following two questions: What specific area do you want to focus on in each role during 2016? What will success look like for each role?\r\n\r\n3. If you answered #3 or 4 above, consider the process outlined in the previous section. You may find new insights following this simple process.\r\n\r\nLet me close with a quote from the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Count on me to help you in this process. In my blog entries during December, I will provide further insights and suggestions to help you plan your 2016.\r\n


\r\n\r\nThe results will be shared in a future newsletter or blog article.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\\r\n\r\nPS1: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate: Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special 25% holiday discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code PKCKKDHC.\r\nPS2: Use this link to ask questions, post comments, and request topics you would like to see in future issues.\r\nPS3: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues or review previous ones.

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