Anticipate or the Last Post of Jan 2020

Vision is something you need to have on lock when going into your new year. We’re 31 days in today. How’s the health of your New Year’s Resolution? Where is your vision? Are logos and pathos your best friends?

Logos refers to the ability to examine situations that you find yourself in and come up with a logical strategy to achieve a very positive outcome in the new future ahead. Logos is what helps us blueprint our vision for what we want to achieve, but alone cannot help us win it.

Pathos is your ability to win others over by appealing to their emotions. There will be a time in your effort to win you need others to help. Tap into their strength to bolster yours. If you cannot connect or reach others emotions, do you really think you’ll be able to reach yours? Then, understanding their emotions how do you win them over into your tribe, not use them.

“You do a little, we do a little and together we save a lot.”

IKEA Slogan

There’s a third aspect that I did not share above, ethos. With great logical and pathos, ethos binds the vision together and helps us anticipate. Ethos is your personal credibility.

Stay flexible. Making things to concrete in your vision can be disastrous. You don’t want the continued plan to be so uncompromising it can’t bend. Part of what got you here with your resolutions this far is being adaptive and learning from your falls.

“Fall seven, get up eight.”

Japanese Saying

You’re not as perfect as you think you are, so stop trying to be so inhuman in your efforts. You’ll make more mistakes. Remaining flexible allows for room to learn and see your mistakes before they create setbacks. Be open-minded. The added benefit of being open minded, especially to mistakes, shows others mistakes or failures are ways to learn. This gains trust (ethos) of any followers.

Switch on listening mode along the way. It’s one skill we most undervalue on our way to reaching our resolutions and goals. Imagine what you can learn from others that made mistakes if you would just listen to learn from them instead over worrying about whether you were a better version of them or not?

Communicate your learns, work, and failures. There’s power in community that can be unrealized because we’re afraid to fail in front of others. We’re afraid of looking like failures in front of others or being scrutinized for falling down. Here’s my shared communication with you in one sentence on what I want to achieve this year:

“This year I am excited about bringing focus and energy to my relationships in my life and growing exponentially in my personal development as well as physical health.”

2020 In One Sentence

Being able to communicate the core vision for your year in two to three minutes tops is a key to always being able to keep it front of mind for focus. It’s my single sentence that becomes my lens for all my decisions in 2020. If it doesn’t fulfill or help that one sentence, it doesn’t go on the calendar. Communicate to yourself and others a clear vision. That filter will serve you really well and help to filter out things you should not be focusing on.

I wish you the best in the next month of February 2020. If you’ve already dropped your New Year’s resolution for 2020, it’s not to late to pick them back up. There is no expiration on your resolutions. Tapping into logos, pathos, and ethos will help you get it back. It’s worked for hundreds of years and it sill works today. If there is any way that I can help, ping me and I’ll be there.

✌🏻 Shawn

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