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Where were you on New Year’s Eve 2011? Many of you were at a party. Many stayed home and went to bed early. Many stayed up with friends or family to welcome the new year, 2012, and then promptly went to bed.
Near the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012, like many, you might have made new year’s resolutions – things you were going to accomplish in 2012. Weight loss and exercise are always near the top. Maybe you had a combination of goals relating to work, family, health, and spiritual matters. Or maybe you “boycotted” resolutions altogether.
Regardless of how you approached 2012, you at least recognize that it is a big holiday, a big event, and big business. Right? All over the world there are parties, celebrations, resolutions, promises, and dreams associated with the new year. For the calendar and planning industries, a new year represents huge business. It’s time to throw out the old calendar and get a new one. Even with iPads and iPhones (or their tablet and smart phone equivalents), printed calendars and planners bring in lot of money. We seem to like this annual planning thing.
Corporate businesses spend megabucks planning for the upcoming year. Consultants are rewarded handsomely for spending time with executives in planning workshops. Managers spend countless hours summarizing organizational accomplishments for the executives. Executives do the same for the board.
The end of the year and the beginning of a new year. It’s a big deal for most people. I have been thinking about 2013 for a while (maybe a couple months). Why? Because I am forced to plan ahead by corporate business practices (eg developing my 2013 budget). I think about any large personal expenses I might incur during the upcoming year (eg tuition for private universities). I also think about personal (as well as corporate, family, spiritual, and health-related) goals. In sum, I think about excellence, achievement, and growth simultaneously. I think about these things on a regular basis, but especially at this time of year. I think about my current performance, my past performance and my future performance.
As another year rapidly comes to a close, it’s time to begin your annual assessment. Are you making progress or falling behind? Each year millions develop resolutions for the upcoming year and establish goals. Be one of the few who systematically achieves your goals and continually moves forward. Don’t waste your time or 2013. Develop plans and achievement them. Grow. This is the manifestation of world-class leadership.
For the world-class leader, a manifestation of their leadership comes in the form of accomplishments, progress, goal-attainments, achievement, and growth. Does this describe you? How was your 2012? There are still approximately 5 weeks left in the year. Not a lot of time, but approximately 10% of the year. Don’t waste it. Invest it.
Last New Year’s Eve, I spent the evening with family and friends at the Marco Polo Hotel, Philippines. We enjoyed some hors d’oeuvres (pica pica in the local dialect), drinks, fireworks, and live music! It was fun. As we were leaving, I stopped in the lobby to take a picture of the ice-sculpture pictured above – 2012. The numbers were approximately 2 meters tall. Quite impressive. Yet they just represented the year – an icy cold, symbol, soon melted away into water. The real thing, the real 2012 came after that night and is still here with us for another 5 weeks. We’re now near the end of November, almost 11 full months after the New Year’s Eve party and the impressive ice sculpture welcoming 2012. Take inventory. How did you manifest leadership during the year? Was it a good year? Did you grow? Accomplish things? Learn new skills? Enjoy new books? Meet new people? Grow in your faith? Regardless of what your specific goals were, did you meet them or make significant progress?
What were your goals in 2012? Did you achieve them? Will you be able to close any gaps between now and year end? What do you want to achieve in 2013? At work? In your family? In your community? In your church? In yourself?
2014 will soon be here, then 2015, then 2016, and so on. Use your time wisely. Think of it as an investment. It is. Make it count. Think about your legacy. Contemplate eternity. Use your talents. Make a difference.
As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.