Making a great S.T.A.R.T. in 2010

leadership Goals for 2010

Create leadership and life goals and a plan to follow them in 2010

A few years ago I saw an article in USA Today that illustrated a person’s life span by using a clock.  Here’s how it worked:

•    22 years old – 8:20 a.m.
•    32 years old – 11:20 a.m.
•    42 years old – 3:20 p.m.
•    52 years old – 6:20 p.m.

The point of the illustration that USA Today was trying to make was that our lives go by so quickly and if we don’t plan for success we are sure to fail!  Maybe last year was not what you had hoped for it to be or maybe you did not accomplish all you had set out to do.  But the New Year can be a great one if you’re willing to take the necessary steps!

Here’s a few ways to help you make a great S.T.A.R.T. for the New Year!

1)  Stop making excuses
In our society we love to blame everyone and everything for why we are where we are!  We blame circumstances, upbringing, employers, surroundings and anything else that will alleviate us from taking responsibility.  If you’re going to accomplish great goals and fulfill worthwhile projects you’re going to have to take the first step and stop making excuses.  Take responsibility for where you’re at and for where you are going!

2)  Take charge
Decide right now that you are going to take charge and do something about your life and future.  You cannot approach your future with a half hearted attempt.  You must be on the offense not the defense and get serious about the year to come.  If you want great results you have to be willing to give a great effort.  Take charge and make this a year like no other!

3)  Adapt a plan
I love what Zig Ziglar talks about in his book “See you at the top.”  He shares how people get more done the day before vacation then any other day.  WHY?  Because they have a goal in front of them and a plan on how to get it done!  If you think about it, we put more planning into our vacations then we do our lives.  STOP DOING THAT!  Decide right now that you are going to create a plan for your goals in 2010 and put it into action.

4)  Report to an accountability partner
If you’re serious about making the upcoming year the best ever your going to need help.  Write out your plans and goals and give them to an accountability partner.  Have this partner hold you accountable on a monthly basis. They need to be checking on your progress and keeping you accountable to complete the goals you have set out.  Obtaining an accountability partner is one of the best moves you can make in 2010.

5)  Try hard
We have all heard the saying “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Maybe this past year wasn’t the best for you, but the upcoming New Year can be.  Decide that you are going to try harder then you have ever tried before.  That you are going to wake up in the morning with the best attitude, approach each day with joy and do your absolute best!  Don’t let fear, failure or fatigue get in your way!  Take the steps necessary and set yourself up for success!

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“Until you commit your goals to paper, you have intentions that are seeds without soil.”

– Anonymous


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on January 3, 2010, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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