Many of you may have made New Year’s resolutions. These are simply a list of things you commit to do to improve your health, love, peace, happiness, and your ability to enjoy all of these things.
Or, you may just have goals you’ve set for the year ahead, or at least the next few months. Whatever the case, many of us go through the mental exercise of deciding what we will do (or won’t do) differently.
Well, I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. As a recovering perfectionist I’ve learned that when I didn’t live up to my lofty resolutions, I beat myself up about “why.” So five years ago I shifted to a new mindset. I consider the new year not just a new beginning, but a new opportunity to shine. To leverage what went well in the previous year and to learn from what did not, so I can be more ready to receive and celebrate what the new year will bring.
And of course it doesn’t need to be January 1st to make this decision. But whenever you start, there’s always twelve months in your future worth considering.
So how can you shine in the year ahead?
I’ve worked with clients in organizations with up to 10,000 employees, developing multiple organizational development approaches for continuous improvement. I have a three-dimensional system. My 3D approach has been used to successfully accelerate significant improvements in organization and leadership performance.
My 3D approach involves:
1. DESIGN – Design what you want the year to look like, so you can build it with intention and purpose. It becomes a blueprint for your success. If you have a plan, you have something to follow!
2. DEFINE – This step allows you to describe exactly what the nature, scope and boundaries of your design will be…including where and how you will use it. Definition is about clarifying what you want, using words, numbers, and even pictures.
3. DELIVER – This is your official launch. Your opportunity to show what you have designed in a powerful way, to the right people and in the right places. A well-defined design must be put into action to have value.
This approach builds intentionality and purpose into your unveil, bringing with it an authentic opportunity for you to shine.
The 3D system is easy to remember and easy to follow, but also easy to set aside. Make an effort to design, define, and deliver on your future. You’ll see results in your career and in your personal life!
A bonus fable:
In a field one bright summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. After a few minutes, an Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.
“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”
“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant in reply, “and recommend you to do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. The Grasshopper continued to chirp and sing and laugh.
When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:
It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.