Monday, December 12, 2011

Planning for 2012--what we want the year to look like

We can of course arbitrarily make plans and goals for ourselves on any time frame (I could run my goals from May 27 through November 16 if I so desired)...but there is something that is so easy and natural about doing it at the end of year.  Here are a few things that either I am trying or that friends of mine are trying this year:

1)  Instead of yearly goals, one person I know is planning a series a 12 smaller monthly goals.  If successful, I have a feeling that the incremental successes will build upon each other and likely make the achievement of a larger goal much easier.

2)  Always see if you can develop your plan for achieving the goal before setting it--in that way, if its achievement is too complex, you will know in advance and can modify the goal or choose to address something else.

3)  This may contradict what I just said to some extent, but goal planning for the next year should also be something fun where you allow yourself to dream a little.  Trying something a little difficult or challenging is OK...and in fact should be embraced.  Look at it as an opportunity to push yourself into personal and professional growth.

Whatever you decide on in the end, over the course of the year it is always powerful to use conscious and subconscious ways to keep it top of mind (index cards or post it notes in key places, dream state work, etc)--you would be surprised the opportunities that these kinds of tools can open up.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Combating or reversing the effects of aging, and achieving excellence

I have seen or heard similar in different sources (for example, the discussion of myelin in the talent code), but in the Washington Post today there was an article on combating the effects of aging .  As I look at people over the age of 60 that I know, the ones who are the most healthy are extremely active, either continuing to work, writing books, volunteering for non-profit program, proposing new projects, learning new languages and exercising regularly....what I read in this article continues to confirm what I have heard all along.  For those who work virtually, it is important to maintain a network outside of a daily skype call, etc. on a regular basis.

In a proactive way, the following link the discusses myelin, and the importance of its development in achieving excellence .  This is the flip side of the post article, in that at young ages, stimulating development of myelin is a key factor in achieving elite status in an activity.  You can obviously see how the two are linked, and how they are also linked to the work that we do in creativity and achieving high performance.

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