Welcome to 2018. For some of you, 2017 was a banner year. For others, it may have seen more setbacks. Regardless of how 2017 ended, that was last year and this is now. It is time to build off of last year and realize that no matter what you did in the past, there are still opportunities to improve processes, increase production, reduce costs and grow on both business and personal levels.
I want 2018 to be the best year ever for everyone who reads this blog. Imagine if everyone who reads this post reaches a pinnacle in life this year. Having said that, I think it is important to consider just what a pinnacle is. Dictionary.com says that a pinnacle is the highest point or level of fame or success. Imagery of mountain tops or skyscrapers might enter your mind. What is important is that we consider that it is the highest or greatest level.
On the other hand, milestones are equally important. Dictionary.com defines a milestone as a significant event or stage in the life, progress, development or the like of a person, nation, etc. When I think of milestones, it conjures an image of benchmarks. If I am to be a successful business owner, I have specific milestones, both internal and external. Milestones could be volume of staff or gross sales. Milestones can be defined in many different ways, but ultimately they are a set of indicators that show the progression towards a goal or series of goals.
So where is this all going? Well, bear in mind that all milestones were once pinnacles, and it is important to remember that no matter how far you go, there is still more that you can achieve. To some this could sound negative, especially if you have worked hard and long to reach your pinnacle. However, the ability to see pinnacles as milestones is the very essence of ingenuity and entrepreneurship. It is also key to self-improvement.
In the business setting, there will always be opportunities to make another widget or improve an existing one. If your goal is to gross over $100,000 in sales, then that is the pinnacle of your success. However when you gross $150,000 in sales, the original goal of $100K becomes a milestone. On a personal level, if weight loss is your goal, then losing the 10 pounds may be a pinnacle, at least until you lose another two pounds. At that point, the pinnacle became a milestone.
May 2018 bring you success and prosperity. My hope is that every pinnacle you achieve becomes a milestone for you and your family. In turn your work and your life will continue to benefit your family and your community. Remember, if what you did yesterday still impresses you, you haven’t accomplished anything today. God Bless.