X number of new sales, Y dollar value of increased revenue, perhaps a nebulous tipping of the cap to increased customer service, with a sprinkling of intentions of mindfulness, fitness and weight considerations, whilst embracing the spirit of being present, and living in the NOW all add up to a tangible and seemingly worthy pursuit.
Of course this annual prompting to set the bar ever higher in the pursuit of ever more noble heights to soar, for most soon disapates and the status quo default setting resets.
There may be merit in pausing to consider an alternate mindset. Instead of focusing specifically on a measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time based goal (SMART goals) perhaps we could focus on identifying what we wish to stand for (Our identity philosophy)
It is rare to see a joyous success story expressed purely in trappings of wealth, peer group aclaim, health and fitness where there is an absence of meaning and sense of personal significance.
Sure, it is in the DNA of the highly aspirational to hustle, persevere, push the boundaries and chase the the biggest of challenges but the reward if it shows up has meaning only to the degree it matches our sense of identity.
We used to think that we wanted ever more clients but even that label (CLIENT) has a sterility to it. There's more colour in a world where building relationships based on a reciprocal WIN WIN collaboration evolving into trust, admiration and perhaps a genuine CARE FACTOR than the Gray landscape of the more common expedient reality, and anonymous transactional interplay.
Incremental steps along this path may include caring to remember a client's name, interests, dreams, fears..... This may not be always practical, however the orientation toward this mindset has a pay off. The end game is not a cynical strategy to build market share but in the sense of purpose and tangible sense of well being that most socially well adjusted individuals discover when achieving real connectivity.
Thanks for your momentary collision with these scribbles..