At this time of year minds always turn to the burning question that ignites family feuds and office debates alike:
Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?
You probably have some thoughts on this…what do you think?
Of course, your answer to this depends on one simple thing: How you define what a “Christmas movie” is. Some criteria that folks may have for a Christmas movie:
- Is it set at Christmastime?
- Does it have Christmas as a central theme?
- Does it feature Christmas music?
- Does it evoke a “Christmasy” feeling?
- Insert your criteria here…
The point though is that regardless of what your criteria are, the fact is that you have some criteria. There are a few key elements that, if they exist, mean it is a Christmas movie. If they aren’t present (see what I did there?), it’s not.
What’s interesting is that this principle applies to many more things than just a pointless debate about whether a barefoot Bruce Willis battling terrorists in Nakatomi plaza screams “Yuletide!”
Specifically, in almost every area of your life you can identify a few key elements which, if present, lead to success.
- What are the key elements that lead to a person being successful in your job or business?
- What are the key elements shared by successful parents?
- What key elements lead to some people being healthier, more productive, or more fulfilled?
Whatever the endeavor, there’s always a shortlist of factors that matter most.
This may seem like a no-brainer. Yet many folks choose goals without ever identifying the key factors required for success. They may summon their inner workaholic wizard, or toss strategies around like holiday confetti. But without a clear understanding of the essential elements, They're basically hoping for success while doing the Macarena blindfolded. Is it any wonder that most new year’s resolutions don’t come to fruition?
But when you take the time to identify the core elements required for success in your chosen endeavor, you can use them to do two things:
- Make sure they are present in the tactics you’re currently using to achieve your goal.
- Let them guide you like Rudolph’s nose when selecting next steps.
With this approach, you'll unwrap the gift of clarity, boost your effectiveness, and experience much more success than if you, say, try to settle the Die Hard question at the Christmas dinner table.
Say “Yes, And” to Yourself in 2024!
Finding the core requirements of your goals is just one of the things I will cover in my free webinar, Say “Yes, And” to Yourself in 2024! I’ll be presenting it via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday January 4, 2024, with a replay available for several days afterward (you really want to be there live though, if you can, as I’ll be answering your questions at the end).
It will be a great way to kick off the year with bigger goals, more creativity, and a “yes, and” approach to your most important objectives!
You can sign up on this page.
I hope to see you there!