2011 – Hitting the Ground…Flying.
I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted and it is only January 9th. I’ve hit the ground “flying” in 2011 after the quiet of the holiday season. I’ll be traveling one or two days the next six weeks for my business helping business leaders present with passion. But it occurred to me that all of these trips and new engagements in my consulting business are the result of my hopes and plans for 2010 coming to fruition. So it is true – when you say it out loud your dreams can become actual plans.
One of my favorite speakers and authors is a music conductor named Ben Zander. I saw him speak at the Global Leadership Conference of the Young Presidents’ Organization and I give his book “The Art of Possibility” to all my clients. In it he describes how students in his classes used to come up to him and complain when they didn’t receive an A in the class. He decided to change the paradigm and at the beginning of the class ask them to each write a letter outlining how they received an A in the class at the end of the year. Instead of wondering why they didn’t get it, the letter is in essence a plan for behavior that will give them what they want.For the last two years instead of writing out resolutions I’ve written myself a letter outlining how I received an A in the various aspects of my life: work, community; and home. It is a detailed outline of how I hope to achieve my defined “A,” which in my case is about providing excellence in my work, support for my community, and helping my children grow into the people I hope they can be. At the end of the year I read the letter and craft a new one for the approaching year.
Let me tell you, it isn’t magic, it is no secret, it is a helpful tool to manage my hopes and dreams and more important MY BEHAVIOR FOR THE YEAR. My 2010 letter is still yielding results; I can’t wait to see what 2011 has to offer.