Can a Fish Climb a Tree?

Einstein once said: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

How many times have you met people who have God-given abilities that you don’t possess? More importantly how often do you forget about the God-given abilities that you have? I think too many times people forget how gifted they really are. Instead of constantly thinking of yourself as the “fish that doesn’t know how to climb”, we need to focus on our God-given ability to swim with no effort (or any other gift we were given).

I’m often asked to give feedback on an individual’s business plan and I sense a common trend among many of them. Most business plans are focused on so many different moving parts that what ends up happening is that you fall behind on the expectations. And the moment you do this, you give up on the plan. So the key is to keep your plan simple, clear and attainable, yet somewhat of a stretch. You want to constantly focus on beating your own prior bests.

With only a few days away from entering a New Year, here is a simple assessment that can help evaluate your 2012 plan and make it one the greatest years of your life.
Rank yourself in the following areas from 1-10?
1. Work ethic
2. Faith
3. Personal development (e.g. reading books, business courses, etc.)
4. Competitiveness
5. Focus
6. Diet
7. Exercise
8. Financial responsibility
9. Fun
10. Family

What are your top 3 God-given abilities? (This is your own area of genius.)
1. _________________
2. _________________
3. _________________

How can you use your gifts in your current occupation?

In what 5 areas will you ABSOLUTELY improve in 2012? And how?
1. _________________ How:_________________________________________________________
2. _________________ How:_________________________________________________________
3. _________________ How:_________________________________________________________
4. _________________ How:_________________________________________________________
5. _________________ How:_________________________________________________________

What are 5 ABSOLUTE goals you’re committed to attaining no matter what in 2012?
1. ________________
2. ________________
3. ________________
4. ________________
5. ________________

What are 5 things you will do to reward yourself? (The key is to tie the rewards to each absolute.)
1. ________________
2. ________________
3. ________________
4. ________________
5. ________________


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