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Standing at a Crossroads

This week I’ll have been back at work for a year. I was ill last year and when the doctors allowed me to return to work, I threw myself back into my work.

Here I am a year later and I’m reviewing the year and looking ahead.

Nothing unusual in this. People do it all the time. Usually around New Year’s.

Well, in a way this is New Year’s for me.

What I’m doing right now is a form of strategic planning.

I’m taking a cold, hard, brutal look at where I stand in light of my goals and values.

I just drove for five hours to visit a client and it gave me a lot of time to think.

All in all, it was a thoroughly unsatisfactory experience.


Because I couldn’t write anything down. (Writing while driving is right up there with texting…a real no no.) As such, I kept going over the same things, again and again. One of the important elements of strategic planning is putting your thinking down in writing.

So, after I record the thinking I’ve been doing; I’m going to review my long-term goals and see if they need any revision.

Then I’ll discern my new action plan for bridging the gap.

I don’t know what the outcome will be, but I know there’s great value in going through the process.

Every morning when we get up we’re at a crossroads.

Many people get up every morning and just bustle on through their crossroads, but I encourage you to stop and look to the right and the left to see if circumstances may have changed and if your old “plan” may need revision.

You don’t have to wait for an illness or other unexpected event or January 1st for that matter to examine where you are or re-examine where to want to go or to adjust how you’re going to get there.

You just have to invest a little time and energy.

Make the investment; the ROI can be significant.

><(("> Gayle Turner

Gayle is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a consulting firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit

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