Stepping up in 2011

What one thing, that if you do it or accomplish it, would make 2011 a breakaway year for you? That’s the question on my mind as we end 2010.

Having a focus and a driving vision of what you want is much more powerful than having the attitude that everything will be the same.

To be a more effective leader, step up with a vision for 2011, a BHAG, or Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Don’t be afraid you won’t accomplish a big goal. Go for it and you will learn and experience new things along the way.

How do you think about what you want to accomplish that would make your year a breakaway year? Here are my thoughts on that:

1. Write down dreams and goals you have that you haven’t accomplished yet.

2.  Where do you see yourself in a few years? What do you need to do to move yourself in that direction?

3. What is it that you are passionate about? That makes it much easier to accomplish than forcing yourself to do something you think you should do.

3. When you know what you want to accomplish, share your big goal with your trusted confidants. This declaration fuels your energy and drive to make it happen.

A few years ago, a friend and client, Brittany Allen, really wanted to serve children in need, particularly sick children. Her dream was to be a caring clown. She was at my annual planning retreat and really got clear that her year was about stepping up to create her clown personae and get out in the public performing. Here is a photo of her making that declaration during our weekend:



Brittany had created her clown shoes as a way to get started. Now she has regular performances to entertain children in need and she is going on an international trip to entertain orphans. She is extremely happy and fulfilled. It all started with deciding what she wanted and then stepping up to take the actions. She was supported by the other people at the retreat who also believed in her vision.

Have a fantastic 2011 and step up by getting focused on the one thing that when you accomplish it, would create a very memorable and breakaway year.

Happy New Year!


Kathy Garland specializes in turning business challenges into opportunities that result in business and personal growth. She hosts a radio show, “The Leader in You” and speaks frequently on business growth and leadership topics. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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  1. I pop in from time to time to read your blog, I love it…. and what a surprise today to see this picture on here and a blurb about me and my clowning journey. I’ve never seen that picture – cute! I realized that this July, I will be starting my 5th year of clowning…. wow! How time flies! I visited a child at the hospital yesterday that was in hospice care and after spending 10 minutes blowing bubbles with him and watching him try to pop them, I was reminded deeply, of why I do what I do. This journey has been the biggest gift I ever could have given myself – and I’m grateful to all those who helped me get to where “Zoe” is today.

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