December 2016 Newsletter

Word for the Herd

2016-12 New Beginnings

Each new year is a new beginning, a fresh start. A chance to reboot. What will you make of your new beginning? Is there a new skill you want to learn? Is there a new habit you want to start? A project that has been on your “Build This” list for a while now that you really want to start?

Take some time between now and the beginning of the year. Set aside an hour at some point to reflect. Think about the year gone by, what you did right, what you could do better. Then think about the new beginning. Given what you learned in reflecting over the year past, what do you want to do different? What do you want to learn? What do you want to build. Now, write it down.

No, these are not “New Year’s Resolutions”. Most of those are abandoned before January is gone. This is your plan for the new year. These are not hard and fast action items, these are your goals for the year. Without a list, you will almost certainly not do any of them. Without a map, it’s hard to tell how to get where you want to go. By writing them down, and then looking at the list often, you will keep them top of mind. When opportunities come your way to make progress on one, you will see it.

Celebrate this time of renewal, this chance for a new beginning. Revel in where you are but aspire to get to where you want to be. That way it truly will be a Happy New Year!

Until next year,
Cal Evans
Nerd Herder for the World Wide Herd

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