Embracing the New Year

We have only a few days left in 2016. As you reflect on the year, how would you rate it? Was it among your top five years, bottom five years, or somewhere in between (or don’t you even want to think about it)?

It’s not time to lament what could have, should have, or would have been. Rather, put your energy into what you’d like to achieve next year. It’s time to focus on what’s next rather than what hasn’t been.

Think about what worked well that you’d like to continue doing. Do more of those things and make sure that you make the time to do them. When we get busy or overwhelmed, our positive activities have a strange habit of sneaking lower on the priority list. Don’t let this happen!

And get rid of what hasn’t worked. If you’ve been hacking away at something for a period of time and not getting the results that you want, drop it. Decide whether it’s even important any more. If it is, change your approach and set some boundaries around how long you’ll put energy into it if you aren’t getting the results you want.

Lastly, consider what you’d like to do that you haven’t done. What can you add into your life that will bring you joy or contentment? Figure out how you can include these in your life in a way that will enrich or expand your horizons.

Whether you like it or not, leaders are role models for change and endurance especially when times are challenging. The New Year gives us hope for a fresh start. Take it. Embrace it. Go with it.

I wish you a wonderful year ahead!


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