Are you beginning to think about the new year ahead?

If so, here is a simple tool to guide your process. I call it Zoom out, Zoom in.

Zoom out:

  • What’s working well right now? Why do you think that is?
  • What’s not working as well as you would like? Why do you think that is?

Now, Zoom in:

  • What do you want to ACCOMPLISH 12-months from now?
  • What steps have you already taken to get closer to that goal?
  • If the goal is that important, why haven’t you achieved it yet?

Resist the temptation to judge your answers or beat yourself up.

Instead, just listen. Your answers contain valuable insight. Awareness is a gift.

Everyone I know is searching for something—something they want to BE—something they want to DO —or something they want to HAVE. At LXU, we call this something the “X.”  “X” is your personal something—and it is different for everyone.

Before you can answer the question, “What should I do?” you must first ask the question, “What do I want?” That slight shift in focus will completely change your response. It will redirect the focus away from everyone else’s demands towards what is most important to you.

Focus is power.

You must become crystal clear about what you want.

The clearer you are about what it is you want, the easier it is to achieve it.

The fuel behind getting there is having a compelling purpose and reason that will drive you while you navigate the details.

Clarity is half the equation. Discipline is the other. To achieve any X, you need both.

Those who are consistently successful are crystal clear about what they want and they become disciplined to achieve it. Why? Because it’s super important to them!  

When people tell me they can’t achieve something because they are not a disciplined person, I tell them that discipline is not the problemit never is.

The issue is simple: Their goals have no power to move them.

Very often in life, what we consider important is not based on what we really value. Instead, it’s based on a habit of decisions we think we need to make to please someone else.

Focus on what you passionately want.

When you establish emotion behind what you want, you will ignite the energy needed to make it a reality.

What can be more important than living the life you want to live, having the business you desire, and experiencing the things that bring a smile to your face?

When you know what you want and why you want it, the doing becomes easy. And consequently, you’re not doing something under stress and duress. You’re doing it with joy and excitement, because it really moves you.


Extraordinary results are not something selected for the lucky few. It’s our birthright as human beings. It’s yours for the asking.

Thinking about the year ahead? Zoom out, Zoom in!

If you want help facilitating a strategic planning session for your team, contact me to schedule. December and January are beginning to fill up so don’t wait until the last minute.