One of my favorite things about ringing in a New Year is how many people give themselves permission to DREAM again. It’s really something. Dreams, belief, hope are common messages in my Happy New Year conversations with friends and family and in the social networking posts and emails from other entrepreneurs.
Such a wonderful sense of optimism with a new calendar. It’s a wave of inspiration with that stroke of midnight — a belief that all things are possible again with a new start.
As entrepreneurs, inspiration is a pretty powerful asset. We’re driven by our dreams and our vision. When you run a business, though, you can lose sight of that. Daily stress and challenges can distract from the feel-good part of why you do this. So, if you’re inspired by a New Year’s celebration, go with it. And while you’re still spreading the New Year cheers, make a promise to yourself.
Instead of a list of resolutions, give yourself the gift of Resolve while you’re feeling generous enough to make the investment.
Resolve will give you more than that list of resolutions. Resolve will prepare you for the year ahead and will remind you how you felt at midnight on January 1st when you, once again, believed that it was all possible.
- Resolve to give your ideas another shot.
- Resolve to go another round and to give it your very best effort every time.
- Resolve to remember why you started all of this and what your vision was coming out of the gate.
- Resolve to LISTEN, to really benefit from the information others provide.
- Resolve to be more patient with those around you…and with yourself.
- Resolve to see it all through, even when it’s hard to see the road ahead through the fog.
- Resolve to learn from every setback. You will get to share that knowledge and help someone else one day.
My recent mantra is: Success is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice. When you’re starting or running a business, every choice you make will affect the opportunity to realize your vision. Resolve is the most earnest of the decisions you will make — and it will affect every choice.
For many of us, January is a month for deep reflection. We consider lessons learned last year and how we’ll move forward, more prepared, this year. In fact, January is named for the Roman god Janus, who is usually depicted having two heads that face in opposite directions. One looks back to the year departed, and one looks forward to the year ahead. The god Saturn bestowed upon Janus this ability to see into the future and past. His name comes from the Latin word ianua, which means “door.” Janus is the god of doors, gates, doorways, bridges, and passageways, all of which symbolize beginnings and ends. (source: Dictionary.com)
Your New Year is a new beginning. And, during the coming year, you may find other opportunities to move through new doors, take new paths, cross new bridges. Such is the path of the leader. Just remember the Resolve that you’ve given yourself today. I assure you, this gift will make provide inspiration on the days you need it most.
Wishing you a Happy, Prosperous and Resolve-driven 2011!