Dec 22, 201610:18 AMLeader to Leader
with Terry Siebert
7 steps to be a better you in the New Year
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On the cusp of another new year, it’s natural to reflect on all that’s happened over the course this year while also looking forward to the future. It is a fact that you cannot change the past, but you can make plans for a productive future. With that in mind, here are seven “BE” resolutions for 2017 that could serve as a guide to a positive New Year.
On the surface this sounds easy. Digging deeper, it can prove very difficult in this crazy world where we are constantly challenged to put on masks, hiding our real identity. The late poet E.E. Cummings summed this up perfectly — “To be nobody but yourself in a world that is demanding everything but, is to fight the greatest fight there is to fight and never stop fighting it.”
It is so easy to be a taker and receiver. It actually feels pretty good at times. On the other hand, there is a tremendous sense of both accomplishment and positive warmth when we give of ourselves to make this world a little better place to live. Dale Carnegie called it “enlightened selfishness.” Whether it is sharing your time, your skills, and yes, even your money, just go out and do it.
One of the traps many of us have is to repeat yesterday time and time again, even if yesterday wasn’t that great. Break out of yesterday — be flexible! Learn a new skill, go to work via a different route, try new foods, go dancing even if you don’t know how, say YES to volunteer opportunities, and NEVER say, “That will never work” or “We’ve always done it this way.”
Be part of the solution
The late Eldridge Cleaver once said, “You are either part of the solution or part of the problem. There is no in between.” Are you the one that stops a good idea in its tracks OR are you the one that always figures out a way to move initiatives forward, despite obvious obstacles? The strong suggestion is to be part of the solution.