Bring 2021 into focus with a theme

Here we are, at the outset of another year. Each New Year is full of promise, hope, and maybe even a bit of fear of the unknown. While we all share the same mixture of feelings, we all would like this year to be our best year somehow. So how can we do our best to start 2021 in the right mindset for growth? My best advice is to choose a theme.

There are scores of approaches to goal-setting and countless tracks to run on, but I’ve found the best way to harness my own productive power is by setting each year to a theme. By giving each year a particular context, we can focus our thoughts and actions in very specific ways. Allow me to offer you a few examples.

In order to get started on choosing your annual theme, consider the following steps:

What problem keeps you up at night?

If you’re tired of feeling disorganized, make operational organization your theme. Do your finances feel out of control? Make 2021 the year of financial excellence.

What’s at stake?

If you were to focus on a particular theme for the this year, what might the benefits look like? Conversely, by not working on your problem area, what could the cost be? Whether you’re driven by rewards or by consequences, determine what’s at stake and you’ll find great power in sticking to your theme.

Who can help me?

Let’s face it, if you’re kept up at night by an ongoing and persistent challenge in your business – that has high stakes – you may not be the best person to lead the charge in addressing the concern. It’s likely not in your unique ability, and enlisting the help of others may be a staggeringly meaningful investment to make toward your future success. Write down names and schedule conversations with these people to enlist their help, maybe we’re on that list for you.  Allow them to champion your theme for 2021.

Choose your actions.

Now that you have the theme and team determined, make an action plan for carrying out the improvement process. You know the drill: Be specific, choose measurable tasks, and get to it.

Reward yourself.

When you see improvement in your chosen theme, high-five, buy pizza, throw a party, whatever it takes to stay excited about the progress you’re making.

Make excellence fun.

So, what’s your theme going to be for 2021? Make 2021 the year that changes everything for you. New year, new theme, massive productivity gains.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances, financial needs or objectives. Before acting on any of the information you should consider the appropriateness of the relevant product having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. In particular, you should seek independent financial advice and read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or other offer document prior to acting on any financial product or implementing any financial strategy.

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