Like a lot of you, I am reviewing and reflecting on my goals for the year ahead. 2018 was a year of significant change for me as I finished the first half of my career and reinvented myself to start the second. My focus now is on growing and developing into the best business and leadership coach that I can be.
This leads me back to 2019 goals and my view that people have the possibility of extraordinary change and development if they choose to do so. However, to change we should not ignore our own powerful inclinations not to change and that despite our best efforts to lead for change often very little significant change actually occurs. Paraphrasing Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey (The Surprising Reasons We Don't Keep Our Resolutions)
“we must diagnose our immunity to change.”
New year’s resolutions as goals more often than not quickly fail and are discarded. Whereas goals that acknowledge:
actions that we take that may prevent our goals from being realised
potentially competing commitments that we have and
our limiting assumptions or beliefs
stand a better chance of becoming powerful commitments that lead to significant change.
Best of luck with the year ahead!
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