I can’t help myself. As a year closes its’ eyes and a new one arises, I am hardwired to begin again. To make proclamations and claims of my work and life in the new, shiny future.
Since I start months in advance of this new dawn, my musings move from budgets and revenue goals to bold statements of work quality and client connections. I focus on what can be and name it so I can work towards it.
Firmly seated in the new year and reviewing notes and journals on these musings, I realize that most are not really goals. Most are not what may be. Much of what I want for the future can be if I just……. decide.
I don’t have to work on doing quality work; I just need to do it.
Building connection with clients occurs each minute we are working together. It can occur beginning today by just being in the moment, caring, and communicating.
Going deeper in my work just requires allocating the time. I know how. I just have to fight the urgent taking over and pressuring me to move on after “good enough”. It is my choice.
Putting God first in my business, as in my life, is a choice. I can look to Him in all I do everyday and the reward is already there. He is our reward. Why wouldn’t I make that decision?
We can set a goal of achieving record revenues, finishing that gigantuous project by 3Q, and adding a multitude of clients each month. To me these aren’t really goals, they are the results of showing up, making the decision, and doing the work that you care about.
Make the decision to do the work that you are passionate about. Choose to be fully present in each moment and go deep. Remember that God gives us our vision and our passions, just as He gives us all that we have.
And trust that the RESULTS will come. If not in revenues, project completion, and new opportunities, then in doing the work itself!
What decisions do you need to make in the new year?
Les Dahlstedt says
You bring up a good point. The planning process can be enjoyable, as we envision what we want to achieve in the new FY. But facing the prospect of having to begin executing all those plans on day #1 can be overwhelming. God does not want us to fear the future (How many times has He said “Fear Not”), so trusting and executing just today’s part of the plan is a way to begin reaching our objectives.
Just don’t forget to be realistic in terms of how much can be accomplished in a day/week/month.