The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective


2014 – A year of Fulfillment?

Welcome to the New Year!  Will it be our best year yet?  I must admit, mine started off pretty darn good – I checked off one of my lifetime fantasies on January 1st – I attended the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.  Watched it on TV for as long as I can remember – always wanted to be there in person.  This year – I was – and it was awesome!

Of course when preparing for an excellent year, I always recommend starting at the beginning; in this case writing our 2014 Annual Achievement Plan.  Planning our year is more than simply thinking about a few goals.  Unwritten goals without corresponding milestones are just “hope”, and as the business book title suggests, Hope is not a Strategy©:

Nonetheless, our 2014 Achievement Plan should start with a point of reference: 

The first and most important thing about goals is having one.

Geoffrey Albery

Then, to advance our Plan we should write down our goals.  And when writing our goals, I believe it’s wise to incorporate the “Principle of Balance”:

Bus Plan quadrant

At work, many of us write business plans thinking only in terms of Financial Success, true?  Yes, Financial Success is important.  I remember while leading top sales teams, I would occasionally hear one of my Producers say that being Family oriented was more important.  I agree however, I also believe one of the best ways to care for my Family is to be successful.

Financial Success and Family are connected; but beyond finances, I believe in establishing personal goals for my Family role, too.  Writing down goals for our Family is quite personal – but just as important as any other quadrant in our Annual Achievement Plan.  Go on – take a moment to write down your 2014 goals for the role you will play with your Family; we’ll wait.

The importance of the Personal Development quadrant in our Plan is another key to success – as the business book title suggests, What got you here won’t get you there©.  Personal Development is personal; yet writing goals in our Personal Development quadrant reinforces the Principle of Balance.

Leading us to Fulfillment – Doug Larson put it this way:

Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.

Although I advocate writing an Annual Achievement Plan; with measurable goals; corresponding milestones; striving to make each year my best year.  I also believe in the power of imagination; the presence of magic; and the purpose of Fulfillment.

The idea came from a former colleague of mine, Peter Goodwin.  He believed in the annual planning process, but added a unique twist to his that I have since incorporated into mine.  Each year I write down lifetime fantasies that if I could be so blessed, I will achieve – like attending the Rose Bowl Parade!

And when I do realize the Fulfillment of one of my fantasies, I don’t check it off the list.  No, it remains on my Annual Achievement Plan with the date of Fulfillment; serving as a constant reminder of the power of fantasy; the presence of magic.  And it reinforces the Principle of Balance.

Go ahead – update your list of fantasies in the Fulfillment quadrant of your 2014 Plan.  And “DREAM BIG!” with these goals.  James Collins in his book, Built to Last©, called them:

Big, Hairy Audacious Goals!

So here’s to 2014 – may it be our best year yet!


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  1. Nancy Lugo
    Jan 14, 2014

    Happy New Year Gary. I enjoyed reading your article. I have my 2014 Intentions posted and I read an visualize them being manifested.

    • Gary
      Jan 15, 2014

      Great to hear from you Nancy – thank you for your kind comments about my little ditties! Here’s to visualizing a stellar 2014! Thx, GAP

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