Regardless of who you are, it is likely that you feel your work is all consuming and that you have more to accomplish than you have hours in the day. Maybe you feel guilty if you don’t take everything off of your to-do list at the end of the day.
As we begin 2011, my best advice to you is that you will get more done, if you stop every day to think, to envision the possibilities and to learn something new. Pick a time in the day that suits you, whether it is first thing in the morning, in the middle of the day, or before you end your work day.
Think about what is important to you. Think about what excites you in your work and what you long to accomplish. Think about how you can do more of what is important and how you can involve others to do that which really matters in your work.
Think about what could be next year. If it excites you, then think about it more often. You may have heard that the Strangest Secret (Earl Nightingale) is that you become what you think about. I believe that applies to organizations as well. What the leaders of an organization think and dream about is often what the organization becomes…good or bad.
Think about what you would like to know more about. Take the time to read something each day, even if it is for just five minutes. Education and learning are the keys to having more creative thoughts and more avenues for accomplishing success.
Many of us are not very serious about our learning. Once we finish school, we think that new learning will happen on the job or casually by osmosis. This may be true. Yet, our most successful leaders are those that know they must learn more and keep their minds fertile.
Promise yourself to learn more and think more this year. It will be good for you.