Fall has to be my favorite time of year. Growing up in southeastern Michigan, the weather was cool and comfortable, the leaves were changing colors and the Lions were always on, on Thanksgiving Day. Great memories. And as we wind down a year, planning for the New Year begins. I believe planning begins and end with two words – Goal Setting.

I have always been a goal oriented person and taking time to pause and reflect on where we have been and where we want to take our future is time well spent. We are well under way of defining our corporate goals for 2012. A key component of this process is putting pen to paper and writing our goals down. Written goals are the first step towards laying the foundation of achieving our goals. After having written our SMART goals, we publish them. I’m a firm believer in making the goals known to all and being transparent on our pursuit of them. Written and Transparent – a powerful combination.

As we move deeper into Fall, I encourage you to take time to reflect on your goals from this year. Did you achieve them? Did you challenge yourself? And celebrate your successes and review your missed opportunities. If you didn’t have written goals, I encourage you to write them for 2012. After all, you can’t achieve something unless you know what it is you are trying to achieve. Set the bar high and push yourself, have written goals and be transparent – imagine what it will feel like next year when you’re celebrating your success.

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