Council Connections – January 2017
By National President Tiffany K. Street, Delta Mu (Cumberland University)
“An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.”
– Jackie Kennedy Onassis
January is the month of the year when people create New Year’s resolutions. This worthwhile exercise allows for the reflection on what goals people want to accomplish in the coming year.
All successful people set goals. Setting goals allows you to develop a clear destination for the future. These goals serve as your personal compass to help determine your priorities, what resources are needed to accomplish your goals, and if any corrections are necessary to keep you on track. Goals create focus which forces you to remain efficient and consistently evaluate whether a particular action is relevant to reaching your destination.
By first thinking through your personal goals and vision for the future, you will be considerably more likely to achieve your goals.
Here are a few tips for making 2017 a year of accomplishment:
- No matter what you want to accomplish – be it professional, personal, financial, educational, physical, or relational – take the time to brainstorm each area of your life and develop your long-term goals.
- Once you reflected on your long-term vision, make sure this is the direction you genuinely want to go in your life. Only you can answer this question and remain faithful to yourself throughout the process.
- The vision is just the beginning. It is entirely natural to be overwhelmed with the vision you have created. Therefore, you need to develop smaller, more manageable goals.
- Develop a list of your goals with timelines and measurements to keep yourself disciplined. This list will keep you on track and show that you are indeed making progress.
- Share your goals with family and friends. Choose people who will motivate you and keep you accountable.
- Throughout the process, you may encounter obstacles that require you to adjust your approach, or you may find your vision needs a few alterations. This does not mean you have failed. It means that you now have new information you did not have before. Take the time to reflect on next steps and adjust your course as needed.
- Do not declare defeat because of a few obstacles or barriers. Instead, remember that we learn the most about ourselves when overcoming obstacles. Embrace the learning opportunity, adjust as needed, and get back on track.
- Stay focused, work hard, and you can accomplish any goal. Remember that great minds have purposes, others merely have wishes!
I encourage you to take the “refresh” opportunity the new year provides. Set goals for yourself and open your mind to the possibilities that await you. I can promise you will not be disappointed at the end of the journey!