December Sprint

by Sean Cox

clock-11-59_33593_smHello my fellow-strivers for personal growth, progress, advancement!  The end of the year is upon us—we’re at the 11th hour, with the final minutes ticking down.

I’m challenging you to make ONE FINAL PUSH towards meeting your 2014 goals.

One final sprint towards the finish line, one final “kick”.

Sadly, I realize there are many reading this that DON’T have any 2014 goals—most people don’t take goal-setting seriously at all (to their great disadvantage, by the way).

Well, too late now. HOWEVER, 2015 is a quick flip of the page away, so you’ll have a chance to correct this for next year ;)

But regardless of whether or not you have any 2014 goals, I want you to consider how you can FINISH STRONG for the year.

Are there any final items on your to-do list to accomplish for 2014?

If not, START CONSIDERING what your BHAG’s are for 2015.

Forgot what a BHAG is? It’s a “Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal” ( according  to Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in their outstanding book “Built to Last”).  We’ll come back to this early next year—I’m just prompting you to start thinking!

Finish strong my friends. More to follow.

Sean Cox, Chicago

I’m Sean Cox,

I write these articles to provoke you to look at your life--to consider where you currently are and where you could be in the future. I want you to break free from the status quo, pursue your potential, and become a razor-sharp asset.


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