Every year I like to spend the last week of the year to think about what this change will mean to me personally. First, I review the past year. Personal success, failure, health, relationships, business, friendships, quality of life and especially what I wanted to do and/or accomplish vs. what I’ve actually accomplished. It’s pretty interesting when you stop and take the time to examine everything in the cold hard light of day.
I’ve always heard that the study that was done at Harvard or Yale more than 50 years ago is still true today. That is, fewer than 5% of us will actually set goals for ourselves, fewer than 5% will ever even pursue a goal. Someone once told me (and I still believe this) that if you fail to plan then you’ve planned to fail! Ouch!
Faced with that, you’d think everyone would say, “not me.” Most of us say, “That doesn’t apply to me.” Really . . .
There are certain things that I think affect the quality of your life. The first and foremost is that you are what you think about. Let me put it another way. You’re who you are when you don’t have to think about who you are. Mike Dooley adds, “Thoughts become things.” They actually do.
Someone else said, you always get what you focus on. Once again, Ouch! Is that true? Could it possibly be true? It is. Everyone of us has had this experience in one way or another. We focused on grades, the girl or guy we wanted to go out with, the care we wanted to buy, etc., etc. Most of us just congratulate ourselves and move on. We never stop to analyze the process we used to see if it’s repeatable. Many of us actually think the achievement of something was more blind luck than anything. Nothing could be further from the truth.
If you want to be something, focus on it. What does it feel like? How do you feel? What’s your next step towards what you’re focusing on?
Here it is the end of the year. Do you know what you want for next year? Money, position, power, love, respect, courage, time or freedom? All of these choice are yours to make. So what will it be?
For me, here’s my choice for the world: