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Happy New Year! 2020 2.0

By John Millen

I’ve decided to start the year 2020 fresh. A reset.

You know the feeling you have on New Year’s Day?

There’s a clean slate of opportunity.  The previous year is gone. You get to start over.

That’s what I’ve decided to do for this year: call it 2020 2.0.

Why not?

The unprecedented chaos of this pandemic has blown away many goals, objectives and dreams. Why not reboot? I’m not suggesting that we don’t face huge continuing challenges as people and as a society. We absolutely do.

What I’m recommending is reframing. Instead of seeing our lives and the world as digging out of a hole, let’s imagine ourselves standing at the surface on level ground.

Let’s focus on the future, adopting new plans that are suited for the new realities we face. For my business, that means moving from weekly travel to online coaching and training. We’ve set up the infrastructure and started doing training and coaching online with real engagement and results.

To plan the rest of the year, I’m using a system many of my clients have used successfully over the years, based on this book: The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months. *

Here’s how the authors explain the book’s concept: 

The guide to shortening your execution cycle down from one year to twelve weeks Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a twelve-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. 

In 12 weeks, there just isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.

For me it feels like the perfect time to apply this principle to our work or personal goals: leave the past behind and build a sense of energy and urgency toward achieving critical objectives in a condensed period of time. That’s my plan. 

What is yours? Do you find yourself stuck?  Are you refocusing?

Please use my contact page to let me know. 

In any case, Happy New Year! 2020 2.0  


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