By Julie Dennehy, APR, Dennehy Public Relations
Pardon me, but I have a prediction: in five years, we'll be saying 2010 was the darkest before the dawn.
As the dark days of winter close in and winter solstice is upon us, it's good to remember that dark days have passed us by. This is a great time of year to reflect on who we are, what we accomplished in 2010, how we've learned and grown personally and professionally, and what goals we'd like to put in writing to accomplish by this time next year. It's time to put in writing valuable lessons learned and skills acquired, show gratitude for friendships and connections made, and revel a bit in tough challenges overcome.
Notice I didn't mention the "R-word" - "resolutions". I believe resolutions are for list makers who want to quit smoking, lose weight or stop cussing in public. I don't believe in resolutions - but I do believe in solutions. Give yourself the gift of time to reflect and think. Open your mind and imagine what might be possible for next year. As I close my office file boxes marked "2010" and balance my financial books, I take a bit of time to review, reflect, and plunge into the new year with a new outlook and a clean desk. From the dark into the light, just like all those winter solstice holidays require us to do. Need motivation? Buy a journal, start a blog or posterous.com site, listen or watch something inspirational to you... oh heck, just grab a Sharpie or an Etch-A-Sketch or a favorite fancy pen... and write your goals down right now - declare them yours as the first step in making them so.
What motivates you? Reading books from experts? Listening to music? Meditating? Losing time in an art museum? Learning about an industry other than your own? Creating something by hand? Post your ideas in the comment section of this post. Inquiring minds want to know.
Here are a few words of inspiration, and a link to a video reviewing some of this year's inspirational moments:
"Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward". -- Henry Ford
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." -- Albert Einstein
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." -- Helen Keller
"Fall seven times and get up eight." - Japanese proverb
"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." -- Nelson Mandela
Happy new year, friends and colleagues!