New year, new directions

by Ron on January 2, 2011

It’s the beginning of a new year–2011.

My boys both got sick today and the house got quiet, which gave me some time to really think about some questions on my mind.

Do you plan at the beginning of the year?  Do you set goals?  I think it’s a good practice to reflect on the past year and also ask some questions of yourself before you set those goals or make too many plans.  I’ll share with you some of my own personal questions.

1.  What am I going to read, study and pray this year?  What I read shapes my mind, daily attitude and decisions, so I need to set a direction and make decisions about what I’m going to feed my mind.

2.  Where will I be working this year?  Opportunities to work in Asia have started developing over the past few months.  Will I work in the US, in China, in both, or elsewhere?

3.  What should we do about the boys’ schooling and education?  They are young, and we can shape them in some fundamental ways.  We need wisdom to consider what’s best for them.

4.  How can I best support and serve Angela as a husband this year?

5.  How can I best use my mastermind group (peer advisors) to make good business decisions?

6.  What should I set for my business goals and growth projects this year?

 

I think questions like these are the essential part of planning.  We need to ask fundamental questions and challenge our assumptions, uncover our true values and put things out in the open, on paper or in a document so we can examine it.  This is why I have made it a practice to write a document at the beginning of each year called The Year Ahead.  Of course, at the end of the year I re-read and score it.  I hope you develop a leadership planning practice for yourself as well.

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