“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as it is what direction are we moving?” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
What direction are you going in your life? As we look back at 2011, are you happy with where you stood as the year came to a close and are you happy with the direction you are moving? Every single day, we have the ability to change directions and begin anew, but what better time to do so than as we welcome in a new year?
If you’re like me, and probably like a lot of people, when you assess the past year, you fell short of some expectations, are right on track with many and exceeded a few along the way. Chances are good you may not need a complete direction change, but rather a few small course corrections.
Anyone who has ever done much sailing knows all about course corrections. You see, you never sail in a straight line from point A to point B – you must make constant zigzag corrections. Accuracy is critical. If you are off in your calculations by just 1 degree, that amounts to about 90 feet for every nautical mile travelled. That may not sound like much, but if you’re sailing across the ocean, you will end up hundreds of miles off course.
Life doesn’t happen in straight lines. Life is a series of course corrections. You simply have to get yourself pointed in the right direction and make consistent corrections. Perhaps one of your goals for the new year is to lose weight and you have a specific plan in place to make it happen. At some point, someone going to offer you a fresh baked cookie and you’re going to cave. It’s not the end of the world. Don’t beat yourself up over it – just make a slight course correction. You may not hit your sales goal every day, but when you miss your goal a few times, see if it’s time for a course correction. Have you changed your delivery? Are you rushing through the rapport phase? Are you building a sense of urgency? Examine what has happened that is causing you to miss your target and correct it.
2012 will be what you make it. One thing is for certain, one year from now you won’t be the exact same person you are today. You will acquire new experiences, new knowledge, you’ll learn from the mistakes you’ve made (hopefully), and if you’ve been diligent about making course corrections along the way, you will be amazed at the progress you could make in just one short year. Make the most of it!
As we begin this new year, what course corrections do you need to make? _______________________________________________________
Monty Rainey is a District Manager working in the self storage industry since 1996 and currently overseeing 21 stores in the Austin & San Antonio, TX area. He is also a leadership coach and public speaker. For a free consultation, please contact Monty at 830-743-2139 or visit his website at http://www.montyrainey.com .
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