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Need new direction? Rev up, revitalize

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Every leader can develop 20/20 vision after an opportunity has passed. It’s focusing on the future that’s important.

Take these five steps, admittedly easier said than done, to envision your goals and achieve them:
  1. Identify short- and long-term goals.

  2. Determine which goals can be worked on at the same time.

  3. Set deadlines.

  4. Acquire knowledge or skills that will help you stay focused, such as speed-reading, active listening or an advanced degree.

  5. Ask people you admire for their insights on how to set and then achieve your goals.
Example: Despite a 1980 car accident that paralyzed him from the waist down, Gary Talbot kept his fascination with cars. For years, he overcame chronic health problems to run an auto repair shop, earn a degree in mechanical engineering and go to work at the General Motors Mobility Center. Now he’s changing how cars work for disabled and elderly people.

Lesson: Find a new direction simply by identifying several aspects of your life that you enjoy the most and pouring all your energy into them.

—Adapted from Stepping Up: 12 Ways to Rev Up, Revitalize, or Renew Your Career, S. Gary Snodgrass, Greenleaf Book Group Press.

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