A New Year, A Fresh Look

Yes, it’s that time again . . . when we start a new year (in this case, a new decade!) and our thoughts inevitably tread down the path of what we can change, accomplish, obtain, divest, realign, renew or refocus. I’ve heard a lot in the last several days about resolutions — what works, what doesn’t, how to make them stick — and on and on. I’m sure you’ve heard the same. I don’t know about you, but I guess I’m at that age when “new year’s resolutions” just aren’t that meaningful or appropriate. For me, the new year is more about taking time to assess and review — both personally and professionally — than it is about hitting the “reset” button.

I love this Zig Ziglar quote and it always comes to mind when I hear folks talking about “resolutions.”

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.

Funny, yes — but also very true when thinking about the things that truly make us successful and happy every day. Don’t get me wrong, making resolutions works for a lot of people, and we all need goals to reach for — we just need to remember that goals are journeys, not events. And in that vein, here’s a quote from the inimitable Winston Churchill that rings true . . .

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.

So, really, each new year is mostly about continuing on utilizing the motivations of our successes and the humble encouragement of our failures — so continue on, friends and colleagues, and make it a great 2010!