This time of year also marks the time when the Club, Area, and District Success Programs come to a close and the numbers are reset for the coming year. During this cycle of renewal, it is also a natural time for all Toastmasters to step back and think about renewing and resetting their goals for the coming year.
One of Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is, "Begin with the end in mind". What this means is that you need to have a personal vision. A dream, a destination, a goal. You have to decide where you're going before you'll have any chance of getting there.
Over the last couple of weeks I've been trying to deliver this message to the Toastmasters in Area 66. Progressing in the Toastmasters educational programs is important for every Toastmaster. The success of a leader in Toastmasters depends on the success of individual Toastmasters. The success of the District depends on the success of its Divisions which depend on the success of their Areas which depend on the success of the Clubs. But Club success is measured by the success of its members.
One basic assumption I make is that people join a Toastmasters Club to learn and grow. Primarily this personal development is in the areas of oral communication and leadership, and the mechanism for learning is to engage with and complete projects. Setting goals helps us measure our progress and inspires us to take short-term action in order to reap long-term rewards.
I have asked Toastmasters in Area 66 to set goals for the coming year. I urge every Toastmaster to set goals. What is your Toastmasters Dream? Write it down and tell others. You are much more likely to be successful if you do.