“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die” ~ Daniel H. Burnham
Believe it or not, this year is almost half over. Remember those plans you made and goals you set for the coming year back in December? How are those coming along? The end of June is the perfect time to re-visit those goals and plans because even if you haven’t reached them, you still have another six months to achieve your goals and plans for the year.
Burnham’s quote hints at the most important part of goal attainment – recording. Making goals is great, but memorializing them on paper greatly enhances the chance of success. The quote also reinforces Michelangelo’s famous quotation; “the greater danger for most of us not that we aim too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.”
Thank about that for a moment. Let’s look at it from the viewpoint of a student. Would you rather set your goal for an A+ and only achieve an A-, or you set your goal for a C and got a C+? The point is to stretch your limits. Set your goals high enough to be a constant challenge.
We’ve still got half a year left to realize the goals and plans we set for the year. Now is the time to re-examine those goals and plans and make the necessary adjustments to bring them to fruition. Maybe you’ve even ventured so far off from your original goals and plans that you’ve lost sight of them. Go back to where you wrote them down. Examine where you went off track and determine what you need to do to bring them back to front and center.
Whatever you do, don’t be pessimists. While it may be true that the year is half over (glass half empty), it is also true the year has six months left to be lived to the fullest (glass half full). Let’s go out and finish the year strong. You just might amaze yourself.