There are many people around the country thinking today about what to change in the New Year. Many of us have already been asked what our New Year resolutions are for 2011. The top ten resolutions are usually things like: spend more time with family & friends; getting fit; taming the bulge; quit smoking; learn something new; get out of debt or maybe even to enjoy life more. All of these are important goals.
Some people even think you should not tell your goals until you are sure you are committed to them. Many of us will be encouraged to say them publicly for accountability. Some say that when you share them – you get this feeling of accomplishment that works against actually doing them. Many folks even try to discourage us since they realize that we may have tried some of the goals before.
These new changes can have a profound effect on all areas of our lives. For example, we all know that having more energy would most likely impact every part of our lives. So what have you decided to do or change in 2011?
For me, focusing on too many goals can be a problem so I decided to just have only one that I would shoot for in 2011.
We all have many opportunities to impact others each day. They come in many shapes and moments that we often take for granted. My 2011 resolution is to find the good in everyone one I meet this year. This means guarding my words to not fall to the desire to judge or question the value of anyone I meet. As a leader – we all have words given to us that bring out the best in us and are really sources of motivation. Can you think of words of encouragement that you got in 2010? This means even showing respect for our enemies. I have adopted this scripture to frame my goal for this year.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
John Wooden, the famous UCLA basketball coach that won 10 national championships in a 12 year period, understood this principle – Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wooden
John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:
- Be true to yourself.
- Make each day your masterpiece.
- Help others.
- Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
- Make friendship a fine art.
- Build a shelter against a rainy day.
- Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
The art of being positive can bring so much energy to those around us, I want to look for the good in everything I do. Can you share a comment your supervisor or close friend share with you that really impacted you in the last year?
I know I can….