Here’s To 2011…Press To Pause!

It’s incredible how fast the year has flown.

How has it been for you? Have you achieved your goals in 2010? Which ones have you been most proud of?

It’s normal to get a little pensive, even reflective as the year closes. I get a little sentimental too as the year wraps up.

We’ve always looked back on the year with pride because we’ve always done the things we want to do. If you are in business, you should always be a maverick.

A maverick is “someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action” and in business, that’s what we all should strive to be.

Some of you will make resolutions (I know I do) and some will scoff and refuse to do so. It’s up to you. I function better if I have something to hold myself accountable to.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself when you are spending time in quiet reflection.

It’s good to reflect because many people just go through their days without a pause. Pausing is good and reflection is one way of pausing. Taking a holiday is a method of pausing. Thinking for all of 2 seconds before you answer someone is a way of pausing.

Pausing allows us to stop and listen.

Use these questions to think through the year. I prefer to write and answer them so that I can look at them again periodically over the next few months to see if I have been progressing.

1. What do I want to be acknowledged for?

2. What did I accomplish?

3. What did I want to accomplish but did not accomplish?

4. What did I say I would do that I didn’t do? (Do I still want to do this?)

5. Who do I need to be in communication with?

6. What were my biggest disappointments?

7. What did I learn? List 3 lessons which will make the most difference.

Have a wonderful start to 2011 with these life-affirming questions to ponder over!

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