It's that time of year.  It's the end of another year.  I'm pondering my occasional or annual goal message.  Will you sign up for the challenge?  

Now, many of you know that I'm the 'goal' guy.  Set 'em & hit 'em.  If you don't set 'em, you won't hit 'em.  This is a good time of year to reflect, assess, tweak the course or direction.  You know, the old definition of insanity ... is doing the same thing over again & hoping for a different result. 

Not that there's anything wrong with consistent, steady execution delivering consistent, steady results.  Yes, I do think that's the essence of life:  embrace the day.  Carpe' Diem.  Don't get so lost in the future that you miss the wonder of each day.  Oh, yes, that resonates with me.  Sign me up for the wonder and awe of each day. 

I think that we should each have written and specific goals for general areas of our life.  In fact, if they're not written and specific - then we still have the goals.  They're just mental and general.  They're essentially who we are.  Nothing wrong with that.  I think that written and specific goals deliver timely and measurable results. 

So, I'm looking for goals in these areas of our life:

  • Mental
  • Spiritual
  • Physical - health
  • Financial - business
  • Relational - emotional
  • Service - giving

How am I going to grow mentally in a post structured educational world; how am I going to grow my relationship with God this year?  How am I going to maintain or improve my physical well-being - my health; how am I going to improve my financial performance; how will I improve my relationship with myself and others; how will I stretch myself emotionally; how will I give to others this year - financially and physically? 

Am I satisfied with everything in my life?  Can I grow, mature, improve, move forward? 

Well, I'm challenging all of us this year specifically in the mental & financial - business area.   In a post college - "gettin' to work everyday" world, what are you going to do this year to improve your person-hood?  What are you going to do to grow, stretch, challenge yourself?  Lebron James said about the whooping they put on Los Angeles last night in the NBA, "It wasn't about sending a message to them, it was about sending a message to ourselves and seeing how we match up with the best ..." 

What message are you sending to yourself this year?

How about picking some mental, educational, business type goals like:

  • How many books will you read this year - in what areas
  • What certification will you pursue - which requires study and another ... test
  • What class will you attend with the completion award - like Toastmasters, Dale Carnegie, Chamber courses, etc.
  • What personal goals will you set to drive up personal performance and earn more money
  • How will you improve your net worth - by how many dollars - what %
  • What daily or weekly activities will you change in order to change your results
  • What reward will you assign to yourself that you'll enjoy upon hitting your desired objectives?

That's it.  As we approach 2010, I am challenging each of us to reflect on ourselves and the last year.  How am I going to turn the crank?  What am I going to change in order to improve my results?   What course correction will I make so that I hit my desired target? 

How will I challenge myself to personal growth and improvement?

God bless your new year.

Michael Ritsema
i3 Business Solutions, LLC

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