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Do You Have 20/20 Vision for 2020?

“Well, the good news is, both of your eyes are off by the same amount. You don’t need prescription glasses, just readers. 1.75s should do it.”

I had noticed that it was more difficult reading in bed at night, but it had happened so gradually that I never thought that my eyesight was degrading. When the assistant at the eye doctor told me I needed reading glasses, I was disappointed at the reality that my body was showing signs of age. At the time, I was approaching the 50 year mark.

I have always thought of myself as young and in good health, particularly since I started taking better care of myself, including regular exercise and dropping 25 pounds. Despite that, my 50-year-old eyes needed some assistance.

The reality for me was that I could read much more easily with a pair of $10 eyeglasses that I had not previously needed. Gratefully, I can still read with ease with my 1.75X readers.

The ability to see is a life changing gift. I have the great privilege of working with a young assistant who was recently declared legally blind. Despite that, she functions exceptionally well, helping me with software systems, automations, and marketing efforts. As she is in her early 20s, I can only imagine how concerning the potential loss of vision might be to her. She remains hopeful and positive, as do I for medical diagnoses and treatment to regain her full capacities to see.

Are you choosing to be “Legally blind”?

When it comes to your ability to see with your eyes, you may have no problems. How are you at seeing with your mind?

As of this writing, we are 32 days away from the year 2020. It’s not too early to be planning for what you want to accomplish in the coming year. What is your 2020 vision?

I’m a strong advocate for having a goal setting and achievement system. Five years ago I was introduced to Darren Hardy’s “Living Your Best Year Ever.” For me, that process was life changing. This past year I have been working my own similar system to set, plan, track and achieve goals. If you do not have a practice of consistently setting goals, I highly recommend it. You will get where you want to go much faster with the regular, consistent practice of setting, planning and working on goals.

Goal Setting for Success; 4 Steps

Goal setting steps for success:

  1. Reflect on where you have been, where you are presently, and where you believe you should be going.
  2. Write your goal(s) as explicitly as possible
  3. Create a plan for your goal(s)
  4. Track your progress Consistently

1. Reflection

We are perhaps the most over-informed and under-reflective society in the history of the world. Success in setting goals begins with a deep and thoughtful review of where we are in life. When the going gets tough on the path to your goals, it is too easy to give up, if you don’t have a deep purpose pulling you through to the end.

Viktor Frankl, the author of “Man’s Search for Meaning” is attributed with saying, “A person doesn’t so much choose their purpose as they do discover it.” In setting meaningful goals, it is important that you consider what your unique life’s purpose is. Once you know what it is you are uniquely qualified and appointed by the universe to accomplish at this phase in your life, it’s time to go work.

2. Write Your Goal

When you write out your goals it is important to be as specific as possible. Consider, “I’m going to lose weight” vs. “I am my ideal body weight of 175 lbs on or before November 15th, 2020.” Which do you think will be more effective and bring the highest probability for success?

Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound (aka “SMART”). After you write your goal, review it again and decide if any further modifications to make it SMARTer are appropriate. If so, make those changes.

3. Create a Plan

Having the end goal clearly defined is a great start. Having an idea of how you are going to get there is even better. Take time to create a plan for your goal. What milestones would be good landmarks on your path to your ultimate goal? What things can you do, or will you need to do in order to reach the milestones? Come up with daily, weekly or monthly actions, as appropriate to ensure that you will make consistent progress.

4. Track Your Progress

Now that you have spent the time to reflect and determine your most appropriate goal, written it in a SMART format and created a plan, you need a system to track your progress to your plan, and ultimately to achieving the goal. If you don’t have a system such as Darren Hardy’s Living Your Best Year Ever, you may want to give it a try. There are other systems available, such as the 12 week year. Whatever system you use, you need to have one to track your results.

Using these four steps will greatly increase your probability of success in achieving your goals. Here are two additional pointers that will help you develop your 20/20 vision for 2020:

Limit the number of your goals. Only work on 2–3 goals at a time.

Find and use an accountability partner. When you have to report your results to an objective observer, you will do more. (See this previous article for additional information about how to leverage an accountability for greater success.)

Start Getting Your 2020 Vision Now

Don’t wait until New Years Eve to begin formulating your objectives for 2020. Now is the time to begin the reflection process in order to ensure that your vision is clear, your purpose is known and your plan is in place.

I wish you success in your efforts to develop your goals, plans and successes for your future.

James Stephenson is the author of Small Steps, Big Feat.

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