The beginning of a new year is a good time to review where we are, where we want to go, and how will we get there.
Something else of value is to compare the end of the year with the beginning of the same year and see if anything changed.
How does where you were in your professional and personal life at the end of 2016 compare with where you were at the beginning of 2016? Did you go where you wanted to go? Did you achieve what you wanted to achieve? Why or why not?
What do you have to do differently in 2017 to make the end of 2017 different from the beginning? Now is the time to develop and implement a plan.
Avoid the Error Chain (Video Link)
“Error chain” is an aviation term. It is a term to describe a series of mistakes that can lead to an accident or incident. There are two basic principles. The first is that one bad decision often leads to another. The second is that as the number of bad decisions increase, the number of good options decrease.
Although the aeronautical intent is to break the error chain before it can cause an accident or incident, it is a concept that we can all use in our professional and personal lives.
How many times have we made a bad decision? How often has that led to more bad decisions? Of course, the more bad decisions we make, the more difficult it is to resolve the situation.
An interesting aspect of the error chain is why do we keep making bad decisions? Do we recognize that we made a bad decision? If so, why do we continue to make more bad decisions? It is a matter of ego, shame, pride?
If we can stop as soon as we realize we have made a bad decision, analyze what we did and why, and make a good decision instead of another bad one, we can break our “error chain.” If we cannot seem to stop making bad decisions, then we need to determine why and address those issues.
Dream or Daydream? (Video Link)
We hear a great deal on how we should never give up on our dreams. I think it is extremely important, however, to determine if they are dreams or just daydreams.
Daydreams serve a purpose. They are fun. They can get us thinking about “what ifs.” If nothing else, they are cheap entertainment.
The difference between a daydream and a dream is commitment. If we are not committed to turning our dreams into reality, then it is just a daydream.
For example, I had a daydream since I was a child to go to Ireland. It remained a daydream until I made the commitment to make it happen. When I committed the time to planning and going on the trip and the money to pay for the trip, then it moved from a daydream to a dream. Finally, the dream became a reality.
What dreams do you have? Are they truly dreams, are you committed to them, or are they daydreams? If they are daydreams, do you want them enough to make the commitment to turn them into dreams, and ultimately into reality?