All the goals you set, the actions taken, and results you got from your efforts realized determine whether or not you get to call this year a success or not.
September 23rd was an important date as it marked the 100 day countdown of 2009. Just 4 short weeks ago.
With that in mind, I started jotting down some notes on the plane back to California from our recent conference and I have put together a number of questions for you to consider as you progress toward the finish line and call this year a wrap:
1. What specific results have you achieved so far this year?
2. Are you healthier, wealthier, and wiser?
3. Are you winning, losing or just holding ground?
4. What results are you committed to achieving by the end of the year?
5. How have you grown and what have you learned this year?
6. Is there any unfinished business that needs to be tended to in your life?
7. Are you actively pursuing what's most important on a daily basis?
8. What habits do you need to change to ensure better results?
9. What is the key issue that inhibits your ability to perform at your best?
It would seem to me that merely asking these questions means you have to live to answer and honor these questions, because when it comes to the last 100 days of the year, every day and everything you do really does count. One thing we all have in common is that we all love a challenge. For some it could be a goal that puts you to the test, an obstacle that says you can't beat me, a belief system that is begging for a breakthrough, or even a mountain that just dares you to climb it.
Whatever it is, your attitude should be BRING IT ON, as there's nothing quite like a good old-fashioned challenge to see what you're made of, to push the boundaries and test your limits, because it’s ONLY when you overcome these trials that you get to reap the rewards.
I waffle between being a pragmatic optimist and an optimistic pragmatist. I’m prone to accepting some things as they are. “It is what it is”, is many times my philosophy. It must be noted however that I’m also one to look outside the box and challenge the status quo if it seems appropriate to do so.
As we look at sliding into the finish of 2009 and resetting for 2010, I look positively to what the future holds for me personally and for our organization. We’ve all learned a lot from this past year. We’ll be charged with taking that knowledge and using it, moving forward into the next year and the future beyond.