Holiday Gratitude

Posted 12.19.2008

This is the time of year when a lot of folks take a week or two of vacation.  I’m very happy to report that I’m one of them.  Barring an unconquerable urge to blog in the next two weeks, this will be my last post of 2008.

Thanks to everyone who has become a regular reader of The Next Level blog in the past year.  I really appreciate your positive feedback, encouragement, comments and sharing the blog with your colleagues.  One of my goals this year was to establish a broader community of leaders who are committed to learning and growing as leaders.  Thanks for being a part of the community.

I was talking with a client this morning and made this suggestion which I’ll offer to you (and intend to do myself).   In no more than a page, write down the things that you accomplished and feel best about in 2008.  On a second page, take the perspective of December 2009 and write down what you accomplished and feel best about in 2009.

This little exercise (which is great to do after you’ve had a few days to unplug and renew) will do two things for you.  The first page will remind you of how much you really did this year and what mattered the most.  With the pace we all keep these days, it’s important to take a breath now and then and celebrate the wins.  The second page will help you clarify your most important goals for 2009.  I’d encourage you to save it in a place where it’s easy to review every few months next year as a means of keeping yourself on track.

So, happy holidays to you and yours.  Have a great one and a safe one.  Looking forward to reconnecting in 2009.