Taking Stock: Strategizing for the New Year!

Posted on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 12:15 PM

By Glory Edozien

Order. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s wonderful how the natural world works and moves in precise order without man having to do anything to stop or help it work. Day gradually turns into night and the sun gives way to the moon. January comes before February and November comes before December. Every thing works as it should.

Today is the Wednesday 15th of December 2010 and the count down to the end of the year has begun in its earnest. Usually most people prefer to wait till after Christmas to start planning towards the New Year i.e. making New Year resolutions and strategizing for the first quarter of the year. Personally, I think it should take more than a week to close down on the year and to plan effectively towards the New Year.

The year 2010 went by quickly. In fact I can still remember January 1st like it was yesterday. Calling all my friends and loved ones to wish them happy New Year and asking God to make the coming year more successful than previous ones. Now the year 2010 is almost over and its time to sit down and reflect on what went wrong and why and what went right. I have come to realize that ‘luck’ can only take you so far in life, but proper planning and preparation are the necessary tools for success. But how can you effectively plan for the New Year? What methods are available to help strategize your way into a successful New Year? The answer is quite simple: ORDER

There is nothing like having an orderly life. Everything in its place and events happening according to properly scheduled times. However, having an orderly life does not happen by accident, it takes work, determination and focus. Here are a few steps to ensure an ‘orderly’ 2011!

O: Optimism! What ever negativity, mistakes or hardship 2010 may have brought, come December 31st, its time to let it all go. You must be optimistic about 2011. You must dream big about the coming year! Get out your pen and paper and write down all the things you want to accomplish. But be realistic. 2011 should be the year of big dreams and achievements! What kind of life do you want to live in 2011? What are the things that would make you happy? What are your goals and how will you achieve them? Write them down and prayerfully plan how to achieve these things. Something that might be helpful, is to stick this paper to the top of your bed, so that you see it ever day in 2011. This will serve as a very useful reminder!

R: Reevaluate! Think about the mistakes you made and the things that didn’t go your way in 2010, why did these things happen? Is there anything you could have done differently? It’s no good being optimistic if you haven’t learnt valid lessons from your mistakes. This is however not a time to beat yourself up about the past, it is simply a time for reevaluation, reflection and progression.

It is also important that you continue to reevaluate yourself throughout the coming year. Unforeseen circumstances may arise which cause you to change or alter certain goals or plans, don’t be worried or disheartened when this occurs. Rather try and reevaluate your circumstances and re-strategize accordingly.

D: Define! It is very necessary to set out a ‘defined’ set of goals for 2011. This will help you to evaluate your level of success during the year. For example, just saying I want to become a fashion mogul or a top executive is very vague. Instead you should set out the parameters for becoming any one of these things. So, a defined set of goals for an aspiring fashion entrepreneur could be something like

a) I want to have a collection with x amount of cloths

b) I want to show case my collection in 10 different avenues (i.e. fashion weeks or other fashion shows) (Please note that this is just an example).

The point here is to show the importance of having a clearly defined set of measurable goals.

It is also important to define certain boundaries you may choose to set in your life. Whether they may be moral, friendship, family or work boundaries. As the year changes, we all grow as individuals and we slowly begin to realize the things and people that mean more to us. So for some it may mean that we need to follow a certain moral code, while for others it may mean that we want to leave certain types of friendships or behavioral patterns behind. What ever the case maybe, make sure you define it clearly.

E: Equip! It would be pointless to have clearly defined goals if you aren’t equipped to follow through. Equipping yourself is vital to ensure you are properly positioned for success. Equipping yourself may mean different things depending on what you are trying to achieve. It may mean reading more books about your chosen field, doing a Masters, going for more networking events, expanding your contacts, attending seminars, training courses and conferences, the list is endless. But you must determine what works well for you and your chosen field of endeavor.

Another way to equip yourself is to have a mentor. I realize now that choosing a mentor is essential. A mentor should be someone who has already achieved what you are trying to achieve. They do not have to be a friend but must be someone who has your best interest at heart and someone you can trust. They must also be someone who is recognized in your chosen field and is able to point you in the right direction.

R: Remain Focused! Now that you have written out your goals, defined them and equipped yourself, focus is the next step. There will always be distractions. Whether it’s in your personal or business life, it is important that you press forward and remain steadfast to your cause. My father once told me that focus was what separated the men from boys in the arena of life. Any time I felt like giving up on something I was pursuing, he would say to me in his soft fatherly voice “my darling daughter, just keep focused. Let nothing and no one distract you from what you have set out to do. In a little while you will have achieved so much more than you ever imagined”. And just like all his previous advice. He was right!

So remember guys, be optimistic, reevaluate, define, equip yourself and remain focused. 2011 is almost here and we are wishing you all a happy and ‘orderly’ 2011 in advance!!!

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    • Temiloluwa Adebayo December 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM

      Thanks so much for this Glory.

      I hundred percent agree. It is so easy to carry on making the same mistakes when we don’t take time to consider how and why we went wrong before. It is likewise easy to dismiss an achievement as a mere ‘fluke’ because we have not sat down to discover why we excelled at what we did so that we can then repeat it.

      I will for sure be optimistic, reevaluate, define, equip myself and remain focused for the new year. No dulling in 2011! God bless us all and may we all see this new year in health.

      http://temiville.wordpress.com

    • D.O.T.M.H. December 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

      :) Thank you.

    • Bunmi A. December 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

      Wow first to comment and my first time too. Thank you for this write up. My 2010 was not as planned but i still thank God. The first decision i took in January almost ruined my life but have moved on. I said i was going to get a better job, go for my masters and be closer to God. Alas it is Dec and i did not achieve any of this mainly because i did not plan well and i also let my emotions rule me. But with this write up of yours, i know 2011 is going to be better. By this time next year, i will come back with all have achieved.

      • Ready December 16, 2010 at 8:25 AM

        I hope you come back and read this…in the land of BN, first is always an unsure thing:-D Best wishes on your plans for next year!

    • lol December 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM

      Brilliant piece. Thanks so much

    • GNV December 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

      i always look forward to your articles Glory. They have a way of connecting to me. This is an inspiring article and i’m thankful for it. some things you know but when you hear someone else say them, it prompts you to action. i’m thankful for the year 2010, its been a liberating year. I’m definitely going to be optimistic, reevaluate, define, equip myself and remain focused. God keep us all.

    • bcgeorge December 15, 2010 at 5:42 PM

      Very insightful. Nice one. ORDER..the new ish..

    • Miss ATL December 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

      On the ‘D’ portion, it makes it easier to track if you WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS, and place that list somewhere you can routinely see it. Seeing it in print somehow motivates you more to making sure you reach/accomplish the goal(s)

    • LizK December 15, 2010 at 8:35 PM

      Thanks alot for this post Glory. I’m definitely taking it to the next level, especially with God as my solid foundation!

    • The chikooo December 16, 2010 at 7:45 AM

      Glo baby u Rock!

    • Ooops! December 16, 2010 at 5:43 PM

      way to go gurl….gotta put things in “ORDER”.Thanks once again for dis piece,it’s so helpful!

    • Gbenga Awomodu December 16, 2010 at 6:56 PM

      Thanks for the post Glory.

      This is coming in good time! I totally agree with planning at least two weeks before the new year. Waiting till 2011 comes upon us in full may lead to hurried planning. That is not the best step into the new year.

      http://gbengaawomodu.wordpress.com

    • Ib December 16, 2010 at 8:49 PM

      i didnt want to read this at first but when i saw it was by Gloria,i just did an *about turn* and started reading…I just love me some Gloria Edozien

    • adekoya adeleke December 17, 2010 at 12:18 PM

      hi gloria, i was so moved by your discussion on inspiration fm yesterday. i would like to meet you in person.my phone no is 08034282877. regards

    • philes December 29, 2010 at 1:53 PM

      gloria, your write up is simply wonderful, it is an answer to questions that many have to ask.

    • Nancy January 5, 2011 at 6:32 PM

      thank you for this timely advice