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Self Renewal in the New Year

Posted on December 27, 2013 | in Best Practices, Focus | by

A disciplined self-renewal routine is a definite Best Practice and common denominator of the great leaders I have observed.  A great time to engage self-renewal is now, at the start of the New Year, when it is a natural thought process to review and adjust your focus, goals, and plans.  Here are some suggested questions you should answer when formulating your renewal plan:

  • What is your purpose in life that will make a difference? (If you have a pulse, you have a purpose)
  • What goals and objectives do you have personally, professionally, and spiritually?
  • What is included that is exciting and pushing your edge?
  • What can you improve: personally, as a leader, and with your team?
  • What new knowledge and skills do you plan to learn?
  • What can you “de-clutter” to make room for new opportunities and needs?
  • How will you follow up and execute your personal plan, staying balanced with your faith, family, and work?  (Follow up is where most “New Year’s resolutions” fail, lacking a personal accountability system.)

Leaders are facing complex new challenges and responsibilities, requiring that you be in a continuous state of learning, innovation, collaboration, and deep change.  Those who make self-renewal a personal practice will succeed the most.

Before New Year’s Day, go to a private place with your favorite warm beverage to contemplate your self-renewal with questions like those above.  Think about life, family, and leadership.  And then, adjust and write down your self-renewal plan.  Follow up by reviewing your renewal plan at least monthly.

Happy New Year! … and may you have a fulfilling year.
…And Pass It On!

Quote from poet William Arthur Ward:

“Another fresh new year is here…
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright New Year is given me
To live each day with zest…
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sign more joyful songs!”
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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