“Make dreams, not resolutions” was a slogan I saw in my Twitter stream recently, and I’ve been quite captivated by the thought. In that spirit, I offer these few words of encouragement as we head into a new year that—despite looming fiscal cliffs and on-going worldwide strife—is, as always, full of hope and new possibilities.
Resolutions are Duties, Dreams are passions
As a planner by nature, I’m a huge believer in setting goals and establishing plans. Yet, oddly enough, this doesn’t extend to New Year’s resolutions. While resolutions are a type of goal or plan, somehow there’s something very downcast and difficult about “resolutions.” Too often, they seem to be about “giving up” something, rather than moving toward something with vigor and spirit—a duty or obligation rather than a passion. This is why, I think, resolutions often go by the wayside after only a few days or weeks. They don’t elevate our hopes or engage our dreams.
We all can be more organized, or manage our time better, or be more focused, or more responsive, or stop doing this or start doing that. Those are all on our checklist as mature adults—and we should do our best to improve in each area. But in terms of charting a path for the new year, they’re not going to truly inspire many of us. What if, instead, our goal was to dream a new dream, or to re-invigorate an old one … even if it’s one that might strike some as impractical or unrealistic? Maybe so—but that’s ok. It’s your passion, and who knows where it might lead?
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Tagged Dream, Employee engagement, Excellence, Happiness, Motivation, New Year, New Year Resolutions, Twitter
The holidays are a season of lights, and a season of gifts–gifts given, received, and cherished. In that spirit, I wanted to take a moment today to share with you some gifts that I have received from family, friends, and colleagues that have deeply touched my professional and personal life.
I have been truly blessed to have had many role models, guides, and mentors who have been so kind and caring to share their wisdom and their life’s example with me. To those named below, and to the many others not named but who have contributed a warm smile, a caring thought, or a helping hand, I thank you for all you have done for me and for the many lives you touch each day.
- For my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – for showing me how to care for and about people every day, with kindness, support, compassion, and dignity
- For my brother James – who showed me how to conceive and develop the systems and processes you need; and for my brother John – who showed me that success is showing up and getting the job done day after day with excellence
- For Kathy – who showed me that drawing clean lines and tidy policies is great, but reality isn’t always so neat and clear, and taking care of people’s needs is the important thing
- For Vicki and Gretchen – who both taught me that having a good answer is important, but doing the hard work to prepare the fields in advance is what helps the answer be accepted and take root
- For Doug – who showed me what thinking outside the box looks like, and that taking people out of boxes and putting them into positions where they can do their best work is really the only way to recruit and sustain excellence
- For Jeff – who taught me that the best way to support the business is to know and love the business
- For Martin – who showed me that the best “employee relations” starts with the question, “How can we help?”
- For Paula – who encouraged me to say what I needed to say with a clear voice and a strong heart, and that people would respond to clarity and sincerity above all else
- For Vicki – who taught me that executives are just like you and me–if you remember that they have their doubts and fears and want some peace and comfort and milk and cookies at the end of the day, you’ll be able to work with them all just fine
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and wishes and blessings for a year of peace, healing, happiness, and fulfillment. May we all have our milk and cookies and comforts today and always!
- Merry Christmas 2012! (cherokeebillie.wordpress.com)
- Gifts ~ Is It the Thought that Counts? (onthehomefrontandbeyond.wordpress.com)
Posted in Employee Relations, Encouragement, Excellence, Happiness, Hopefulness, Leadership, Recognition
Tagged Christmas, Christmas and holiday season, gifts, kindness, Merry Christmas, wisdom