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Goal-setting For 2018? Don’t Forget This!

It’s official: the last three weeks of 2017 are upon us.

For many of you, this means that your mind is starting to think ahead to 2018. It’s as though a switch has been flipped and it is officially “Goal-Setting Time.” (And for those of you haven’t yet felt the switch flip, rest assured, it’s going to happen soon!).

In light of this, this time of year lends itself to a review of the concrete, the measureable, the tangible and quantifiable, both in terms of what this past year has brought us, and in terms of what the new year could hold.

The questions that start to get bandied about include things like:

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Tracy Harvie
Want to Elevate Your Impact? Stop Playing Small!

In the last two weeks, I’m seeing more and more of a particular quality in the folks around me. I’ve seen it before; and it seems to be rearing its head again. It’s a quality – a way of being – that is so counter to the goals of effective leadership – actually, it’s counter to effective living in general, that I’ll confess, it drives me a little bonkers!

Want to know what it is?

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Tracy Harvie
Want to Leap into 2018? Do This First!

Want to Leap into 2018? Do This First!

2017 is winding down. For many of you, this means you’re feeling the pull to look ahead, to set some tangible goals for 2018, even as you tie up loose ends for the current year.

This is the time of year when many folks start to feel conflicted, overwhelmed, and a wee bit short of patience. There is so very much to be done, and it seems like time is running out.

I get it.

The challenge, however, isn’t the perceived lack of time.
The challenge isn’t the insanely long to-do list.
The challenge is something else altogether.
The challenge is that you’re getting ready to leap ahead, and it’s not yet time to do so.

This time of year folks are often mentally already into the year ahead. Our “planning brains” want to be considering schedules, meetings, projects, deadlines – you get the idea. In and of itself, this isn’t a problem. Planning is a good thing. 

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Tracy Harvie
Leading from the Present Moment (While Heeding the Call of the Future)

“The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift.  That’s why they call it the present.”  While I don’t actually know who to attribute this quote to, I know that a version of it is found in the movie Kung Fu Panda. And I can’t deny that I like it.  I like it a lot. 

Yes, it sounds a little Hallmark-ish, a little sappy. But there’s truth in it. There is nothing that can be done about the past – it’s gone.  And the future may or may not unfold as you imagine.  But the here and now, the present – this is a powerful place to hang out.

Unfortunately, the world in which you find yourself – particularly as a leader – is a very, very busy one.  There are numerous expectations to be met and therefore plans must be made in order to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.  So the question that I often find myself holding (particularly at this time of year) is this:  how do you stay fully present in this moment, even while you engage in whatever preparations are required for the future, no matter how distant?

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Tracy Harvie
What Others Think of You Doesn’t Matter; Until It Does

Somewhere out there in the world is a quote, which has been attributed to many people in various forms, but here’s the one I came across most recently, and which I rather like:  “The opinion that other people have of you is their problem, not yours” by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. 

When I first heard this a variation on this wisdom I know it resonated powerfully.  There was such freedom,  liberation and a confirmation of sorts in the idea that the opinions held by others were not as important as my own opinion of myself.  I can totally get behind the wisdom of that, you know? 

Since then, I’ve come to believe that the quote needs to be presented with a cautionary caveat; because sometimes, the opinions of other people do matter.  Here’s what I mean. 

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Tracy Harvie