Here we are, January 30th, two days before the month’s end. We now have over 8% of our year behind us. The questions that lies before us is, are we clear on our goals for 2017? If you are, great. However, the next question would be, are you on track?
I cannot stress enough how important it is to get clear on your goals for the year ahead. Unlike New Year Resolutions that some people write then never look at again until the following year. Goals along with a clear concise plan are something that you need to monitor throughout the year to make sure you are not only staying on track, however measuring your results as well.
I would like to share a story, now even if you are not a football fan please follow me as there is significance to this story.
Last year’s College National Championship game was played between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama won that game and the National Championship trophy in 2016.
Dabo Swinney the coach of the Clemson Tigers sent Nick Saban the coach of Alabama a card in March of 2016, 10 months prior to this year’s game. The card was a congratulatory note with a gift certificate to Nicks favorite restaurant. Enclosed also was a note stating “We will see you next year in Tampa.” Exactly the place where this year’s game was played. Dabo Swinney wrote Nick Saban a note 10 months prior to the game essentially telling him that we will be playing you and your team again in 2017, of which they did and won.
Dabo Swinney was crystal clear on his goal, backed it with a plan, affirmed it to his team day in and day out. The Clemson Tigers had one goal and that was to not only meet up with Alabama again in the National Championship Game but also win of which they did.
The question is, are you as clear on your goals for 2017 as Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers were on theirs. One month down, 11 months to go. Let’s get clear and make 2017 our best year yet!