…is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins
The above quote resonates with me in a way today that it hasn’t at any other point in my life. After a lifetime of dabbling, my focus is as sharp as 1. Apologies for the corny analogy. It just came to me and I was compelled to write it. the eye of a needle 1. I now know exactly what I want out of life and am completely committed to getting it.
This is an extremely powerful thing.
When you know what you want out of life everything has a way of falling into place. Priorities that previously competed with one another all become subservient to the big picture, and you wake up every morning with a clarity of purpose that is both liberating and flame fueling.
In both our personal and professional lives we are repeatedly tasked with juggling the competing demands of multiple projects and stakeholders. And in getting lost in the avalanche of the overwhelming day-to-day, it can be difficult to take stock of our goals and what it takes to achieve them.
As we get started this week, I would encourage you to find a quiet moment to reflect on what success looks like for you a decade from now. Are you taking the steps you must to get there? If not, please try to understand that happiness is not just something that happens. We create it for ourselves by forging a path to our goals in the face of adversity.
I’ll close today by sharing my big picture professional goal: I want to obtain something approaching a mastery of the remuneration and data analytics spaces within HR. This is because I believe tomorrow’s economy will be driven by those companies that most effectively leverage their human capital in the pursuit of innovative solutions to the 21st century’s unprecedented business and social challenges. To accomplish these aims, the best organizations will successfully use descriptive and prescriptive analytics to recruit top talent, identify and nurture said talent’s strengths, and ensure sustained productivity and innovation through the use of initiatives that both recognize and reward high performance. As such, the modern HR Business Partner needs to be able to offer both tactical and strategic solutions to their organizations around these topics.
…My background in HR didn’t bring me here, but it’s where I want to go. As such, every day I take steps (in the form of personal and professional learning and development) to move me closer to these goals. Sometimes this means setting other things aside, but I’ve committed to this because I believe it’s where our function is headed and it’s important to me to get out in front of it.
What are your professional goals? Are you focused in your pursuit of them?
As always, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.