Hoping you make a mistake (or two)

Happy New Year!

I hesitate to write about New Year’s resolutions…because I don’t want you to think that small!  Not that all resolutions are for one year, but it seems to go hand-in-hand with New Year’s that we resolve to do something different or something new – this year.  And that’s not big enough for a visionary.

Of course, you could be thinking that you’ll do something different for the rest of your life beginning this year.  And that would be a good thing.  Here are three special quotes to help you move forward this new year.

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

~ Neil Gaiman

Key thought – you are not only allowed to make mistakes, you are expected to!


Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Key thought – Believe!  Believe in yourself, in your vision, and in the power of a shared vision to change the world!

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

~ Carl Bard

Key thought – You don’t have time for regrets and worrying about what could have been.  It’s time to start working on the new ending. 

Remember, Your Vision WILL Change the World!


Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

What a large wish.  A happy new year.

On top of that, we normally hope to have a productive new year.  Just look at the top 10 resolutions people make each January 1st!

Resolutions mean that we want to change – to improve ourselves and our lives.  And I don’t want to dissuade you from doing so.  BUT…

One of the great benefits of having a vision is that you don’t have to wait until the first of each year to make plans for a better future.  You already have a guiding light to work toward.  You have a large, hairy, scary, goal to focus your efforts.  You may have given yourself a deadline or two which came due on January 1st, but you shouldn’t have had to wait until the annual celebration to create new goals.  You shouldn’t have waited until now to get fired up about doing good things.

If you’ve found your world changing, life changing vision, you should already have a full set of goals in mind you need to achieve to work toward that vision.

If you already have a solid set of goals to work toward, you don’t have to wait until New Year’s day to articulate them.  You also don’t have to wait until the end of the year to look back at all of your successes to celebrate.

Celebrate often.

Break your vision down into large, medium, and smaller goals.

Celebrate your successes.

Celebrate the successes of others working toward your vision (remember you aren’t doing it alone – you can’t).

So, I wish you a belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year – because I know the productive part is already covered by your vision!

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World!


Mission Impossible

Every noble work is at first impossible

~ Thomas Carlyle

I love coaching people on creating a vision.  The biggest challenge is to get them to think “big” enough.  Recently a client stated, with a straight face, “sure I do strategic planning – we create a plan every other year.”  Yup, her strategic plan never spanned more than two years.  And she was happy with this. 

Unbelievable, Unrealistic, Stretch, Can Do.  The Goal continuum.

Some people I work with think strategic goals are only 12 months out.  I hear excuses about how fast things change and how it’s impossible to plan further into the future.

These goals are at the Can Do end of the Goal Continuum.  A visionary needs to be at the Unbelievable end.

What’s unbelievable today is tomorrow’s reality.  Nothing is impossible.

As a visionary you can’t think small.  You can’t think 1 year out.  Or even 5 years out.

The Unbelievable end of the spectrum is where we dream.  If no one is telling you that your vision is impossible…you aren’t thinking big enough!

Remember, Your Vision will Change the World!


Hitting the Target may not be good enough

If you’re giving your workers “targets” to achieve each year, chances are you’ll hit the target and miss the mark!

How hard is it to NOT set targets for your workers? For some it’s extremely difficult. The problem is that the worker focuses on the bar you’ve set and not on the underlying purpose. You run the real risk that the worker will achieve the target but miss the point, and worse, not move the organization closer to the vision.

Ensure that the purpose is at the heart of all you do. That the vision is the basis for the goal and the target you are setting. When the question comes down to priorities and reaching a target, the vision should drive the choices NOT the need to check the box during the annual review.