What’s your vision for 2012?
Will it be just another flavor of 2011? Is that a ‘good’ thing?
If your 2012 vision includes new growth opportunities for you to come into the fullness of your strengths then here are a few things to remember.
1) Only you can or should chart your course. The only real expert on you is…well….YOU. Decide where you want to land in 2012. That decision is yours and yours alone.
2) Build an inner circle who will help mentor you into your new course. Experience is the best teacher and using someone else’s experience a great way to ‘fast track’ your trip. Surround yourself with an inner circle of people who are where you want to be and leverage their collection experience to get you there faster, benefiting from their failures and successes along the way.
3) Build your roadmap to get there. While its nice to think we’ll wake up one morning and find ourselves in the middle of a new success, the reality is you need a map to get there. Will it require new skills or contacts? One thing it will absolutely require is a new way of thinking. The one component that you must have for a higher level of achievement is a higher level of thinking. In his book Thinking For A Change, author and my mentor John C. Maxwell writes that changed thinking is not automatic, it requires a plan, a strategy if you will to help move you into a new level of awareness.
That is what leaders do, they acquire new levels of thinking and then with that new found awareness, they make more informed decisions that in fact move them and their team into higher levels of performance.
So as you’re planning your 2012 strategy be sure to include a plan for developing your capacity to think like the great leaders.