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January 4, 2010

Inspired to Succeed: The New Year Mentality

“How did we survive 2009?”
M.L., Los Angeles

“2010 has got to be better.
It can hardly get any worse.”
S.T., New York City

“I can’t wait to see the ass-end of this year!”
D.A., Chicago

Sharon Rich Over the last few weeks, I have heard from many people who are ready to kick 2009 out the door and move into the new possibilities of 2010.

How about you? Have you said something like the above in the past week or so?

Here’s something that may be useful to ponder:

2009 didn’t really exist.

Nor does 2010.

The construct of a new year is a human invention. A concept we’ve agreed (if passively) to live by.

Without this construct, there is no real difference between Dec 31 and the 364 days that preceded it and Jan 1 and the 364 days that will follow.

We use this idea annually to take a breath, reassess and start over again.

Here’s the useful part: Because the idea of a new year is something we’ve created, we have the power to recreate it whenever we want.

We can take this New Year Mentality and use it to our advantage all year long…in big and small ways…any time we need to stop, look at what’s working and what’s not working and make a fresh choice.

My friend Mark Samuel, author of Creating the Accountable Business says success is not about doing everything right, it’s about being ready to recover when things go wrong.

My friend Doug Silsbee, a pioneer in the field of presence-based leadership development, says that the best indicator for success is resilience, the ability to be effective no matter what’s going on.

We can use this New Year Mentality throughout the year to cultivate resilience in ourselves and be ready to respond when things don’t go as planned. If there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that things rarely go exactly as planned.

This week, I invite you to play with your New Year Mentality. Use it at every opportunity, business and personal.

Practice makes it yours.

I hope you’ll continue to use it throughout 2010 and beyond.


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