How to cross the ocean...

I love the excitement and hope that January brings each year. It’s a perfect time to regroup, reenergize, recharge, rethink, and resolve. 

Oh, yeah… resolutions. 

If you’re like me, you’re still trying to forget your broken resolutions from last year! But this year can be different!

I think the main reason a lot of us “fail” at resolutions is not because we are weak. It’s not because we set our expectations too high. And surely it’s not because “eating healthier” or “getting up earlier” is just too difficult. I think we fall short because we rely too much on ourselves to accomplish the goals we set. No matter the goal, willpower is almost always not enough. We need commitment. We need dedication. We need action. We need each other! 

In fact, the strongest leaders almost always seek the help of others.

Some people think that becoming a strong leader is like trying to cross the ocean in a rowboat: try, try, try! Others see it as a raft: drift alone until you make it. But successful leaders view the journey more like the captain of a sailboat, relying on skill and know-how, but understanding all along that the wind (help from a power much greater than their own) is the force that will get them to their destination.

It’s true that strong leaders must “plan their work and then work their plan,” but it’s equally as important that we not rely solely on our own disciplines to get us where we want to go. So, make those resolutions. Set those goals. Put a plan in place to succeed… and then find the wind that can help move you in the right direction.

Who are three people in your life who can help you accomplish the goals you have set for 2020?