Reflecting Back and Living Forward

As 2021 began, there were the promises and excitement that filled the hearts and souls of great leaders. It was another year of exciting growth, magnificent achievements and the realization of their dreams and our life’s purpose. Once again, great leaders now pause to reflect on the realities of this year’s journey and learn from them. They remember Henry David Thoreau’s words: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

They see the fruits of their labor: their successes and achievements flowing from their commitment to their vision and purpose; their contributions to the growth of those they serve in business, community and family; their own professional and personal growth and the changes that took them to a higher level of performance excellence.

They reflect also on unexpected realities, professional and personal that touched them during the year – joyous surprises (people or events that enriched their life) and sadnesses (changes in economic situation, the loss of a loved one, the impact of a pandemic). What learnings and growth opportunities did they present? In all this, they lived life to its fullest, capturing every magnificent moment. Their life reflects the words of Socrates: “To be is to do.”

2022 will be another magnificent year – one filled with excitement, joy, extraordinary possibilities for growth and achievements and opportunities for your eyes to be opened more broadly to more richly understand and enjoy the beauty and love people and life offer. The best is yet to come… and it will. It will because great leaders choose it to be. May you continue, my very dear friends, to be more than you ever dreamed… and more… so much more. Remember Thoreau’s gentle reminder: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

The year ahead has 12 months, 52 weeks, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31, 536,000 seconds. What will success look like at the end of your 2022 journey? May it be that you embraced every moment of life with passion, purpose, love, giving, and serving. In your being and joyous optimism, may you continue to “meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

Have a beautiful day, a magnificent week and a Happy New Year!!! Again, our best is yet to come! Life is so very good!

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