The beginning of a new year is an opportune time for reflection on the past and the setting of goals for the year ahead.
Many of us have enthusiastically embarked on this journey, formulating both personal and potentially corporate/departmental goals. This exercise is instrumental in gaining clarity on the direction we desire for the coming year. Having witnessed the transformative power of this process through a friend who successfully checked off numerous goals by year-end, I’ve taken on this challenge with greater seriousness this 2024.
While 2023 wasn’t a complete loss, the absence of an intentional focus on the bigger picture could have led me astray focusing on day-to-day tasks that sometimes did not align with the bigger aspirations.
Sometime back, I was introduced to the concept of “the Power of 10” by Frank Molla, a Senior Business Leader & Tech Executive. He emphasizes considering the impact of every decision not only 10 years from now but also at intervals of 10 months, 10 weeks, 10 days, 10 hours, 10 minutes, and even 10 seconds from now (10-10-10). This unique approach to thinking ahead simplifies how we approach the future.
Instead of setting goals from an obscure perspective, the Power of 10 encourages examining goals both from a short-term (10 months, 10 weeks, 10 days) and a long-term perspective (10 years). By framing decisions in the context of a 10-year horizon, we gain insight into the enduring impact of our choices, and by progressively narrowing the timeline, we set achievable milestones ensuring that we set daily and weekly actions align with our broader vision.
This philosophy underscores the importance of having an actionable plan alongside your vision. While a vision articulates what you aim to achieve in the future, a plan provides the roadmap outlining how you will achieve it. Together, they form a potent combination that focuses your efforts, enabling you to achieve more than you might have imagined.
As you contemplate your 2024 goals, consider incorporating the Power of 10 into your planning process. This approach prompts you to think through the actions needed to bring your vision to fruition.
The Vision for Your Personal Brand
Extending the exercise beyond one’s life goals, consider applying this methodology to your Personal Brand too. In today’s competitive landscape, a Personal Brand not only builds a reputation but also sets you apart. A well-defined vision for your personal brand enables focused efforts, allowing you to identify opportunities and make strategic choices that align with what your future self seeks to achieve
To embark on the journey of mapping your Personal Brand Vision statement you need introspection. Begin by asking yourself the following questions:
- Who Do I Want to Become?
Delve deep into your aspirations and define the person you aim to become and the message you want to represent. This introspection lays the foundation for a clear and compelling personal brand.
- Who Do I Want to Surround Myself With?
Consider the importance of your professional and personal networks. Strategically building connections can provide opportunities for growth and collaboration.
- How Do I Get to the Person I Want to Become?
This question necessitates a practical approach. It prompts considerations about actions necessary to grow your Personal Brand. Actions around your educational pursuits, skill development, and effective utilization of social media come in handy when answering this question.
- When Do I Need to Have Become Who I Wish to Be?
Establishing a timeline adds a sense of urgency to your personal brand development. This timeframe encourages intentional actions and ensures you are consistently working towards your envisioned self.
- Do I Have an Adequate Support System?
This means identifying individuals in your network or community who can serve as your accountability partners. An accountability partner is someone who understands your goals, shares similar values and is committed to supporting your personal and professional growth. Consider people who can provide constructive feedback, and hold you responsible for staying on track.
As you work on your 2024 goals, ensure they include objectives related to the future of your personal brand. Prioritize your Personal Brand by answering the questions above, and by the end of the year, you’ll find yourself as a markedly different individual.
Develop your Personal Brand Vision Statement today, and let 2024 be the year you stand out for growth.
This article was written by Alice Ngatia, a marketing and communications professional by day and personal branding trainer by night.