This time of year is all about the New Year’s resolution. We’re going to exercise or eat differently! Then…2 months later, who knows what’ll be happening, but at least you set a goal. For many of us, that’s progress.
For businesses, that New Year’s resolution often has to deal with something…well…New! It’s a new direction or a new way of doing business. Maybe it’s looking for new customers, developing a new product, or creating a new culture.
With many of our clients, it truly is about that new Vision. They want to paint a picture of what the future could be, of what success could look like, of the impact and benefit the organization could have on its customers and its community.
Oftentimes, this visioning leads to strategic planning. Sometimes it leads to more focused annual planning; it leads to effective alignment throughout the organization based on the common vision. And sometimes – at a minimum – it creates a litmus test within which decisions can be made. In other words: Will Option A better position us to achieve our vision, or will Option B?
Create Your Personal Vision Statement
This is also a perfect time of year for us to individually think about our own vision. As you know, our days can go by quickly if we’re spinning a lot of plates – engaging and supporting the customer, the company, the co-worker. It’s a lot to just try to get done. But if we want to end the year in a better situation or with a better set of skills or with more success stories to tell, consider taking a few minutes to paint your own future picture.
Where do you want to be by the end of the year in your role or your career? What kind of relationships do you want to have with your customers? Where do you want your experience level to be greater, or your skills better? How much enjoyment do you want to have in your role, and what are a couple of the things you need to start doing, stop doing, or do differently to bring more joy and enrichment to your own job?
If you create a personal vision of what you want this year to become, you have a much better chance to achieve it.