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What Are Your Goals for 2020?

Click. The clock ticks over to midnight, the ball drops in Times Square, the music plays and the kisses are planted. Suddenly it’s a new year. Traditionally time to look back with thanks and gratitude, and forward with optimism and hope. Time to envision new horizons and set new goals for the year ahead.

But let’s forget about 2015 for now. That’s right – “Fuhgeddaboudit!” as they say in some of my favorite parts of New York City.

Let’s be really bold and look ahead five years out to 2020. Where do you want to be then? What do you want to be doing? Where is your home? What would your life look like if you allowed yourself to be truly and completely who you are intended to be?

In one of my favorite books Excuses Begone! author Wayne W. Dyer writes, “As Abraham Maslow once observed about self-actualizing people: They must be what they can be.

Here’s a five-minute exercise to get you started.

Step One. Imagine you wake up one morning and everything is perfect. What do you see, smell, hear and feel? Where are you? Who is with you? What do you look like? What are you planning to do that day? Allow yourself to put A white speedometer background with words representing steps to achieving success - Dream, Plan, Work, Make it Happen aside where you’re from and where you are right now. Release anything others may say you ‘should do’ and replace it with intentional thinking about what you ‘must do’. Push it all to the side for five short minutes and let your imagination see that day in early 2020 when all is now perfect.

Step Two. While it’s fresh in your thoughts, go write it down. Use bullet points and write as fast as you can. Remember, there are no limits. Have fun describing your desired changes just the way you see them on the horizon. Give no thought to limitations on how you’ll get there. Avoid the practical details for now. Just describe what you intend to accomplish in the next five years.

Of course, dreaming about five years from now includes the huge assumption that you will be here then – healthy, energized and living a fully charged life every day. That means you have to take good care of yourself every day between now and then to have any chance of success. All important goals are built on a platform of good health that allows us to pursue everything else. So take good care of yourself starting right now.

Five-year horizons provide opportunity for major changes in life. New careers, advanced education, relocation to a new and exciting environment, better relationships, measurable savings, and dramatically healthier lifestyles. Maybe even a beach condo in Hawaii!

Where do you want to be in five years? What do you want for your family and friends in 2020?

Now is the time to sketch out the shapes on your own five year horizon. You can fill in the details in the coming months. Stay tuned in 2015 for dozens of ideas on how to do exactly that.

For a detailed Six-Step System for setting, pursuing and

accomplishing your goals, take a look at my book

Do What You Can! Simple Steps – Extraordinary Results.

I’ll get you a signed copy at a discounted price through the end of January –

just let me know at John@JohnHallSpeaker.com.

Happy dreaming!

 

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA, is an author, speaker and results expert who presents around the world at conventions, corporate meetings and association events. Throughout his 35-year career as a business consultant, corporate executive and professional speaker, John has helped organizations and individuals achieve measurable results. He inspires audience members in corporations, not-for-profit organizations and professional associations to step up, take action and “do what you can.”

 

 

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Happy Half New Year

We all know the scene. New Year’s Eve from Times Square in New York. The ball dropping as we count down the seconds with family or friends. The crowd in New York happy as the television pans, the confetti falls, and hugs and smiles dominate everyone’s actions if only for a few short minutes. One worn down year crawls to an end and a brand new year of possibilities opens at the stroke of midnight.

For many, New Year’s tradition includes making resolutions for improvement. Get in shape, join a gym, eat better, work more intelligently, save a little money, spend more time with family. Few of these new life resolutions stick, take root and grow; just as many wither and fade away within  a week or two.

I have a different tradition. I make life and business resolutions as well, but I make them on July 1 – at the halfway point in the year. Let me explain.

In many sports, halftime is where the team takes a formal break, gathers together with the coach, assesses their first half results, and adjusts their plans for the second half. I do the same thing. I take a brief break in the action in late June, measure where I am in my plans for the year, and make adjustments for the second half. These mid-year resolutions become my new game plan and will provide guidance as I take action towards my desired goals and outcomes for the next six months.

What are Your Mid-Year Resolutions?

July 1 marks a time to act. It’s a great day to take a few moments, reflect and analyze. happy half new year

Here are three questions that should help.

  • Back on January 1, what was one of your 2014 goals? Where do you stand today? What can you do in the next three to six months to feel like you really moved the needle on your results against this goal?
  • In your business or career, what is your most important specific target for 2014? A new position? A promotion? Total revenue or income? A new product taken to market? Cash savings stashed away? What major actions could you take right now and sustain for the next 180 days that would jump you forward towards that target?
  • At home or with fiends and family, where do you know right now that you’re are not ‘performing’ up to your own or someone else’s legitimate expectations? What one new habit could you start today and practice every day through the end of 2014 that would dramatically improve your personal results?

It’s halftime. Let’s make a few mid-new year resolutions to keep us on the path of success for 2014. Stop today for just a few minutes. Give yourself the gift of quiet. Measure your results against your 2014 goals. And adjust your actions to get back on the right track.

Let me know what your “Half a New Year Resolution” is – and how I might be able to help.

Best wishes for Better! results on your terms.

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

John J. Hall, CPA, is an author, speaker and results expert who presents around the world at conventions, corporate meetings and association events.

Throughout his 35-year career as a business consultant, corporate executive and professional speaker, John has helped organizations and individuals achieve measurable results. He inspires audience members in corporations, not-for-profit organizations and professional associations to step up, take action and “do what you can.”

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A Great Blessing – New York on a Clear Summer Night

This evening, I experienced one of the modern world’s great blessings – a clear summer evening in New York City.

Now, I recognize that for many who live or work in New York, this city is a complex combination of noise, crowds, opportunity, 24 hour a day energy, and tremendous stress. But tonight was a special night in the Big Apple. A night that New York called out and said, “Look at me. I’m beautiful!”

Where and why?

The where is the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. If you know where that is then you also know what I mean. If you don’t, look it up and pledge to visit this spot some summer evening. The Promenade overlooks the dark East River, the lower Manhattan Skyline and the lighted Brooklyn Bridge. Spectacular on the right evening, and tonight was one of those nights.

The why is because tonight was a cool, clear, low humidity night in NYC. One meant for strolling after an excellent dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. One meant for sitting quietly for a few minutes on a park bench, taking in all of the lights, buildings, and bridges of New York, and just letting it all wash over you.

I took a picture with my cell phone camera, but it is fuzzy and doesn’t do the view justice. I hope you’ve seen this too! It simply can’t capture the breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty, but hopefully it gives you a hint.

It was a night of blessings laid out before me. Reminders of just how fortunate my life situation is. It was a night that nudged me to give thanks for what I have.

What are the simple blessings in your life?

Along with our challenges, we all have many life blessings as well. Most are simple things that face us each day with such certainty that we don’t give them much if any conscious notice.

Why not pause right now – without any further thought or analysis – and notice just one blessing in your life. A person, a job, your home, good health, access to food, and enough money to make it through the week. Breathe out a short thought of thanks.

You are a blessing to me. Thank you for reading my thoughts, for sharing in my New York moment, and for being open to all of the positive things in our lives and work together.

Best wishes for Better! results on your terms.

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

John J. Hall, CPA, is an author, speaker and results expert who presents around the world at conventions, corporate meetings and association events.

Throughout his 35-year career as a business consultant, corporate executive and professional speaker, John has helped organizations and individuals achieve measurable results. He inspires audience members in corporations, not-for-profit organizations and professional associations to step up, take action and “do what you can.”