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By: Kathy Albarado on January 3rd, 2011

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Your Outlook for the New Year

positive_thinking_clockIn 2010 a topical discussion nearly always included the economic outlook; housing sales, retail sales, interest rates, inflation, unemployment, the impact of changing regulations on business. As we enter 2011, I am curious to know, ‘what is YOUR outlook’ for the new year?

I am a firm believer that we must first ‘visualize’ success in order to fully ‘realize’ it. Visualization is the ability to form mental images and ‘see’ the end result before it has occurred. Success is a personal definition and is meaningful to the individual who owns it.

In Vistage we question each other to determine whether we are visualizing the ‘green or the hazard’. You can bet Tiger Woods, with his record, visualizes landing the ball on the green. Michael Jordan speaks of his intentioned focus on visualizing where he wanted to go—and then focused on getting there. A commonality among people who are successful at visualizing then achieving their goals is the fact that they surround themselves with people and engage in activities that support their vision. We all know of people who may view the world as ‘the glass is half empty’, versus ‘half full’. In order to keep ourselves on track and recognize the power of positive energy, in my family—and on the Helios team-- when we catch each other making a statement that may appear less than optimistic, we use a code phrase as a reminder when things could be viewed with a bit more optimism. Negative Nellies and Debbie Downers are the enemy of success. I don’t mean to imply that a healthy dose of reality isn’t appropriate in order to mitigate risk. However only focusing on the obstacles (the hazard) rather than imagining all the possibilities (the green), is certain to minimize a truly successful outcome.

Have you taken into account how full your glass is in this coming year? I encourage you, as you plan and implement your 2011 goals, to visualize and assume the best possible outcome. What strategic relationships and supporters will you need to realize your goals? Who are those people that give you energy? Spend more time with them. What events or activities are you actively engaging in that will give you energy and renewed focus on achieving your vision? I encourage you to be selective!
Wishing you a healthy, prosperous new year filled with gratitude, success and fun.

Warmly ~ Kathy Albarado