Congratulations on all of your accomplishments in 2012! You probably have many blessings to count and reflections to make as you round out this year. In my quest to help set the stage for you I found a great new book and an old favorite.
It was Jim Collin’s newest one, Great by Choice, in which he outlines what he found in 10 years of research that builds off of his work Built to Last and Good to Great.
Turns out that the most successful companies had leaders who have three distinct characteristics. “The best leaders were not more risk taking, more visionary, and more creative than the comparisons; they were more disciplined, more empirical and more paranoid.” As you look ahead at the goals you’ve set for 2013, being paranoid about what obstacles you are going to run into along the way and planning how you and your team will work through them could make the difference in whether you reach your desired outcomes.
USE THIS: Brian Tracy’s process in Flight Plan to determine and prioritize your goals for 2013. His question process includes: 1) Make a list of ten goals you would like to achieve in the next year. 2) What one goal on this list would have the greatest positive impact on your life (or in your business)? 3) What is your deadline for achieving the goal? 4) List three problems or obstacles that stand in your way (or will stand in your way) of achieving this goal? 5) List three additional skills or forms of knowledge that you will require to achieve this goal? There’s several others in Chapter 3 that you may find helpful as well.
BE EMPIRICAL: Be guided by practical experience and not theory. Rely on observation or experiment. Be sure to measure your progress. Collect data each day or each week that you can use to determine which pivots you need to make along the path to your desired outcomes.
RELY ON THIS: Discipline, not feelings. I wouldn’t be 10 years sober, have no debt, have a healthy, happy marriage, a wise and wonderful daughter, have built 3 companies, be able to run a 10K, or have a successful business partnership, if I relied on how I felt each day as a way to tell me what I should or shouldn’t do. If you are reading this, I can guarantee that you have reached some pretty amazing achievements as well! You can have what you aspire to achieve if you create a plan and then stick to it regardless of how you feel at the moment. Trust me, I did not feel like meeting Captain Kimberly at the pool today for an hour and half workout, but it was on the calendar so I did it and I sure am glad I did!
In 2 days you can hit RESET. Take some time to think, to plan, to create the right strategy and then lock it in. Any major change for you or your team will not be easy. There will be setbacks. You will encounter days where it just seems easier to quit and go back to the old way of doing things. Plan for those times before you even get started. Ask others for their support in holding you accountable. Champions, like you, have accomplished many goals in their lifetime. You are smart, courageous, focused, and disciplined or you wouldn’t even have read to this point.
I wish you the life and business you desire to achieve in 2013!
I am grateful to so many of you that have made 2012 an amazing year for us! I appreciate all of the champions that attended Synergy Masters, Amp Up Your Leadership I, II and Amp Up Your Executive Presence I. You have shown tremendous courage, discipline, and focus to grow yourself and your companies this year. I salute and honor each of you for the hard work and dedication you have had. I thank our Communication Coordinator, Taylor Ricotta for her reliability, tremendous spirit, and commitment, and my husband Allen for well, just putting up with me and his always supportive unconditional love. On to the next mountain!