Leadership — the art of inspiring people to make something phenomenal happen.
The other day I wrote what I thought would be my last post of 2013, with the seasonally appropriate topic of accomplishing your New Year’s resolutions. However, as I work through the last few things I need to accomplish this year I can’t help but think about next year and what I might want to do differently and thought I would put keyboard to screen (pen to paper) for one last 2013 entry, besides I had this great image I wanted to use.
This time of year is steeped in holiday traditions and one of the most famous — or infamous — is the New Year’s Resolution. It’s estimated that around 45% of Americans partake in the tradition of setting resolutions, which is about the same number of us that watch the Super Bowl.
The list of the most popular resolutions is fairly short and if guessing them was the entrance exam to Harvard, we would all have a really good chance of getting in: loose weight, get organized, save money, etc…
Interestingly though, folks that study our behaviors and publish papers about it suggest that only around 8% of us will actually have success with our resolutions.
How do we succeed?
It’s nearly impossible to make it through a day in December without hearing that this is — or should be — the most wonderful time of the year. I wonder though, how many people we pass on a daily basis that think it’s the most difficult and lonely… maybe we even feel that way.
The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. Add to those the possible recent loss of a loved one, or the sheer feeling of inadequacy many experience this time of year, and it’s no wonder this perhaps isn’t the most wonderful time of year for many people we cross paths with on a daily basis.
Tonight I had the pleasure of seeing the Hot Club of San Francisco at the Napa Valley Opera House. It was a last minute decision and I didn’t really know what to expect… they were amazing.
Sitting there listening to their gypsy jazz holiday music, I couldn’t help but thinking that I wished I could play the guitar like they could. Then I realized there was a time that I wished I could just play anything on a guitar.
About four years ago, I changed that wish into action and actually picked up a guitar and started playing around with it. While I don’t expect to headline any shows in the near future, I can play through a few songs.
Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.
~ Nelson Mandela
I have been thinking a lot lately about the amount of time I spend on social media sites. When I think about the cumulative time spent on social media between my personal life and the endeavors of my clients I find myself a bit frightened. Add to this the fact that I have been hanging out on social media sites since before they were really called social media sites and you have a lifetime total that surely dwarfs the time I have spent reading books, exercising and… well, you get the point.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
~ Nelson Mandela
I have been generating blog posts for the better part of three years, for my various business ventures. Today however marks the day that I finally replace my personal online vCard with something more like a lifestream. A place outside of my business sites, a place just a bit more… personal.
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
~ Oscar Wilde