“Start the New Year With a Plan” was contributed by Jon Umstead. He resides in Urbana with his wife, Carol. A member of the board of the GrandWorks Foundation, Jon is a published business author, consultant and online radio show host. He blogs regularly at businessisart.net where this post originally appeared.
Bloated, tired and resolute. That’s how many of us feel as we ring in the new year – determined that this time the resolutions will stick. I WILL lose the weight. I WILL exercise regularly. I WILL get that job. I WILL start that business. I WILL spend more time with my family. I WILL be a more spiritual person.
The year usually begins with us going hard and fast after our resolutions. But within a few weeks, for most, it turns back in to business as usual.
For me personally, it will be awfully tough to top 2015. I married the woman I love, which alone would have made it a great year if nothing else happened. But a lot more did happen. I published a book and produced a musical that I’d written. I launched a new web site for the book, defined a new consulting service and started an online, on-demand radio program named after the book. I was invited to join the GrandWorks board and made a whole new set of friends and colleagues.
I also got a new hip and, although major surgery like that is no fun and I am still improving from it, I am looking very forward to walking again without pain – good stuff.
Now that is a whole lot of “I’s” isn’t it? While that may be true, what I am most proud of in 2015 is that the vast majority of “my accomplishments” were only accomplished with the help, support and love of a host of people. Nothing was accomplished on my own. More importantly, the vast majority of those things are focused on the success of others (marriage and new hip not included) – and that makes me very happy.
Yes, 2015 was a good year. What will 2016 be like? Who knows? But a couple of good things in the 2016 plans include the marriage of 2 of our kids this coming Fall, the reproduction of the aforementioned musical and the production of a second musical (written in late 2015).
And therein lies the magic word – “plans.” You have to plan if you want to succeed or be more successful.
Whatever your resolutions or goals and objectives this year, without a plan for getting there, you’ll probably end up making the same resolutions next year. No matter what you want to accomplish, it all begins with a plan.
Here’s to making this New Year the year you begin with a plan – and make it your most successful year yet, no matter how you define “success.”
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