The month of January often ushers in a strong focus on personal and professional development, but trying to accomplish more using the same old techniques doesn’t offer much promise. The key is to create new systems that can help you reach your goals faster and with less effort.

Business owner Judy Huang, founder of 889 Global Solutions, a Columbus, Ohio-based contract  manufacturer with four offices in China, uses a system called Traction. Traction is a way of stepping outside the day-to-day duties and paying attention to six key components. For Traction the components are people, vision, data, process, issues and traction, but you could apply the same concept to your personal life by choosing to focus on your diet, workouts, sleep, personal relationships and quality alone time, for example. The point is to create a clear vision, become aware of the measurable aspects that support it and then execute and measure your progress.

“Since using the Traction System, our organization has eliminated inefficiencies and brought everyone on the same page, to allow us to move forward with clarity and purpose,” said Huang. “This year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary in business and having a system like this has energized our performance and helped our longevity,” she said.

If you’re interested in learning more about Traction, there’s a book by that name written by creator Gino Wickman that explains how to adopt the program. Or, if you’re not a business owner, you could look into other popular goal-setting systems that can help you make 2020 a momentous year.



Barbara Wayman, APR