I can’t believe today is December 1. Did you use any time over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to think about a plan and goals for 2012? If not, would you be willing to try something in December just to see if it will work for you? Here are my thoughts to speed up your success in 2012.

In Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible motivational speaker Brian Tracy said:

Your time and life are precious. The biggest waste of time and life is for you to spend years accomplishing something that you could have achieved in only a few months.

I like Tracy’s quote because I find so many lawyers who are not focused on what they want to achieve. The lawyers I coach tell me when they set  goals, they are able to determine their priorities and focus their time on those priorities.

If it is so very obvious that setting and achieving goals enables lawyers to be more successful and happy, then I always wonder why some of the brightest lawyers often fail to set goals, and so few lawyers I know have a game plan for what they want to do.

Tracy suggests that you write down your top ten or fifteen goals every day for thirty days. Do this without referring back to list you made the previous day. During the course of the month, your goals may change in priority. Some may disappear and reappear. By the end, you will undoubtedly find that you’re writing the same goals every day.

This is how you know you’ve arrived at the goals that are truly important to you, that is, the ones that align with your purpose. I would like for you to try this for the next 30 days. If you think it would be valuable send me an email each day with your list.

If you would like to read more, check out my column: Making 2012 Your Best Year Ever. Finally, I am planning a webinar during the last week of December to help lawyers who are interested in creating an effective 2012 Business Plan. If you are interested in learning more and participating, contact Joyce at jflo@cordellparvin.com.