Monday, December 26, 2011

What Is YOUR Vision For 2012?

"People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life's circumstances to push them down and hold them under."
- Unknown Author

So what is your vision for 2012? And I am not talking about world peace etc! What is YOUR personal vision for 2012 and when Dec 2012 rolls around and you reflect on your year, how will you measure your success.

Are you using a Vision Board to visualize your year ahead? Seriously I am not trying to be funny here, the fact is Visualization is a part of all of our lives. Ever heard of a Vision Statement? Almost every company I know has one. A Vision Board simply allows one to use imagery rather than text.

Personally I do not use a Vision Board although I acknowledge the potential merits of using one. Nor do I have a Vision Statement. What I do is simple but it works for me. I divide my year into 2, Family and Work. Then I come up with 5 MAXIMUM measurable objectives for Family and Work.

For example, if one of my Family objectives is "to be a better Father", whilst noble is not really measurable. So instead I could have a think about what being a "better Father" means i.e. reading my son a bedtime story each night. That way at the end of each week I would know if I achieved the objective. Similarly, if my objective "was to become more healthy in 2012" how would I know if I achieved it or not?  Hence I would find it of greater benefit to create a measurable objective i.e. "to exercise 4 times a week at my local gym"

Please note:
  1. These are my own two categories. You need to decide what works for you.
  2. My definition of family includes, other personal activities. The reason that I use the term "Family", is because with 2 young sons much of my personal time is centered around my family.
So why do I only choose 5 objectives for my 2 categories. It is simple... 10 objectives are already too many to simply remember (for me anyway) and anymore would not be effective (the law of diminishing returns).

At the end of the day this exercise is a personal choice. Some of you may set New Year's resolutions, some may be very happy with the status quo. Either way, the choice is obviously yours however I leave you with this thought. Why is it we so often plan to the n'th degree various strategies in our work life and yet seldom do we see the same effort applied to our personal lives?

Perhaps the cat was on to something... "One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter." - Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


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