On Jan 2nd, my post had to do with what you planned to accomplish in the coming year of 2023. I talked about my friends' year-end letters where they recap the previous year.
I challenged you to write your December 2023 accomplishment letter in the first week of January 2023.
What? You might say…go to the end of December '23 and look back in your mind and write the future? This may have seemed out of place, out of your normal rhythm. But I believed it had the potential to be fun, inspiring, and impactful.
I mentioned it could be difficult but exciting to start today and write your story as if you've already reached your destination. I asked you to think about your goals, dreams, and desires for 2023. This required you to imagine yourself in late December 2023, and look back on the year to see what you've accomplished.
Well, we are halfway into 2023. How are you doing? How are your dreams and aspirations going? Are you up to date and able to celebrate the accomplishments you declared in your letter?
This may be startling to some. The point is to capture Steven Covey's second habit, "Begin with the end in mind." This process allows you to see yourself in the future, experiencing what you want to have happen. It is fascinating how we can dream, see what we want and then put that on hold and go quietly about life without making a conscious effort to allow it to become a reality.
Writing these dreams and aspirations is the first step in accomplishing what we want to happen. Establishing a system that can be followed throughout the year is the key to success.
Jim Rohn says, "Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day."
Once you know what you want or where you are going, launching processes or systems to monitor progress is essential. Processes and systems keep you on track with your future visions.
Look at what you wrote at the beginning of the year. You may be behind. I am. I need to catch up on a few things in my letter, and I still have plenty of time to catch them up.
How about you?
Watch for the blind spots.
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