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The forest and the trees in 2015… and beyond

January 29, 2015

It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the end of January – it seems as if we just celebrated the start of the New Year!  And as the resolutions and goals for the year come and go, we so often focus on the short term:  lose weight, start working out again, get that promotion or even a new job.  But what about the big picture?

These short term, specialized goals are like the trees in a forest.  It’s easy to focus on a tree or two (or three), and ensure that they’re growing strong and healthy.  But what about the rest of the trees?  The whole forest?  As the saying goes, it’s critical to not to lose sight of the forest for the trees.  The entire system needs to be in balance.

Take a broader view of your life:  Where do you want to be in 5 years?  10 years?  What do you want to be doing?  How are you growing professionally?  Personally?  Are your relationships with your family and friends strong?  What’s on your bucket list?  Do you have a plan for the future and are you making progress on it?  Basically, think about what you’d like your forest to be, and determine what needs to occur to achieve that goal.  What trees need pruning?  Some extra TLC?  Or maybe you need to plant a few new trees…  Cultivate your trees, but do so in the context of the overall forest – and enjoy the results!

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