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ACHIEVE YOUR VISION . . . ONE STEP AT A TIME.

BIG new year goals? Look out!

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Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

It’s another January. For as long as I can remember I’ve made new year resolutions, or set “good intentions” to make progress on work/life plans.

More often than not, my plans have been lofty and idealistic rather than realistic. In recent years I’ve been learning to slow down and take a more practical approach. I’ve seen progress as my intentions have come true.

It’s encouraging to see articles like this from Fortune contributor Anne Fisher, emphasizing the incremental, “slow and steady wins the race” approach to reaching goals.

It makes me think of the beautiful, big old lighthouses my husband and I love to visit. These soaring beacons were built under challenging conditions, one small brick at a time.

Yesterday I hosted a marketing strategy meeting to review VERY BIG PLANS for 2012. I was excited, motivated and envisioning bold new directions for my business!

My smart colleagues reminded me I need to be patient, to move mindfully and gradually, or risk feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and far from my destination by year’s end. In short, I might consider following my own advice!

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Author: Julie Mitchell

Julie Mitchell is an executive coach, facilitator, professional speaker and senior consultant who can help you create more positive working relationships, improve your performance, and achieve goals through understanding and practicing effective communication on every level.

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