As the clock goes ticking away, the world awaits the turn of the year. Many people look forward eagerly to the arrival of 2009 with a sense of anticipation and hope. A hope that the New Year will be better, a wish that the current outlook will be brighter, and a yearning that personal lives will be smoother.
This year, 2008, has been filled with turning events, ranging from tainted scandals, to elections and change of governments, from terrorists events to monumental human achievements. These are all worth reflecting, analyzing and discussing, along with the fact that they provide lessons worth learning.
Granted some events are beyond our personal control, but there are surely things in life that we can affect and have some influence over. These things that we can do, no matter how miniscule, are things that we can do. And that is enough, for now.
Therefore as we watch the hours, minutes and seconds drawing closer toward the countdown, what we can hold in our mind is this:
What can I do next?
In the light of merely having the events happen and sweep pass us, what we can ponder about are the things we can do for ourselves and the people around us. This simple thought in the form a question can drive people to create ultimately massive changes in the world.
At the very least, it will set us of in the direction we want in our lives. Think about the allure of knowing what your life in gear the very moment the clock strikes twelve. I would be pretty excited by the prospects of this.
Some of the questions that you can think about on this last day of 2008 in preparation for the New Year include:
— Do I want to treat people better?
— Do I intend to work on my communication?
— Are there things that are left over to accomplish?
— Am I ready to quit unproductive things that I should have stopped long ago?
— What can I pay attention to in my life?
— What has been sitting there, idling, screaming for me to work on?
— Have I taken the following step towards my dream?
Whatever that, in your perspective, would be meaningful to you will hence add that value to this turn of the year. After all, if we are to carry something forward from this departing year, we might as well bring over the residual learning and our dreams to the next 365 days.
May you take a closer step towards your life goals and Excel Beyond Excellence!
Have a wonderful New Year! See you in 2009!