Plan to Achieve Your Goal in January

This is our Japanese Daruma doll. During January, Daruma festivals are held in many cities in Japan. Dolls of all sizes and colors are purchased for good luck and prosperity. The armless and legless dolls are named for Dharma, the priest who founded Zen Buddhism.

Made of paper mache or wood, the eyes are usually unpainted when purchased. When goals or intentions are set, one eye of the doll is drawn on. Some Daruma dolls have a slot in the body where the written goal is inserted. As you work on your goal, the doll is a visual reminder.

Daruma 2

January is the beginning of a new year and a fresh start.

Use this time to set your goals and plan for your success. Decide where you want to be in December and the steps required to achieve your goals.

At least once a year, Noel F. Williams and I review our personal and family goals. Together, we make sure our goals are congruent and align with each other. Our goals are written to keep us accountable. During the year, we support and encourage each other.

Reviewing our goals from the past ten years, we can see the progress we made and how our priorities changed. Our Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG) goals span multiple years and we track our progress.

Contact CyberLife Tutors to get back on track with your 2011 goals.

Click on the picture below to see our Daruma doll and how we planned our family and personal goals for this year.

Learning Japanese to Sharpen the Saw

Steven Covey‘s 7th habit in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“,  is “Sharpen the Saw“. For Covey, this means growth and self renewal in physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual areas of your life. By challenging ourselves, we stretch our mental capacity to keep on top of our game.

My husband and I enjoy traveling and learning about local people, customs and cultures of the places we visit. In Hawaii, we often encounter Japanese tourists and residents who speak limited English. We decided to learn to speak Japanese to better communicate when we are on island. My husband devotes more time to this studying and further ahead in this journey. He is able to converse to understand and get his point across in Japanese.

Sharpening the saw in your business is also important. Staying current with evolving trends and  technology allows you to better communicate with your customers. What are you doing to sharpen your saw?


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