The year ahead – oops, 2006 is here already!

Welcome to the New Year!!!

For me, New Years is principally time to reflect and refocus. It’s a time to reflect about the year that has been – the successes, the failures, the learnings and the challenges – and refocus upon the year ahead. There are a bunch of ways to do this… I’ve spent weeks on mountain tops, watched fireworks, read books, written journals and tried to listen to whatever wisdom and guidance God sends my way.

It’s a great time to contemplate our values. I believe that we manifest our real values in the way that we live; in this sense, the way that you reflect and refocus is indicative of the values that you live by, if not those that you espouse intellectually.

At the moment, I’m focused on a group of twelve values:

  • Health, Love and Excellence,
  • Passion, Integrity and Happiness,
  • Vision, Making a difference and Learning,
  • Genius, Achievement and Investment.

For the past few days, I’ve been spending some great time with some of my beautiful friends and family in my hometown. Between hours at Park Road – and my de facto office at 16th on Park – I’ve been working on a new business deal, preparing for a wedding and looking to the year ahead. There is so much to do!

But as I think and grow older, I notice that while there is always more to do than we have hours to do it, there is always enough time to do what needs to be done. Always.

Check out Time’s profile of how Bono is cooperating with Bill & Melinda Gates to change the world… with due respect, the guy’s not a rocket scientist: He’s an entertainer! But for us intellectuals out there, this year pull your head out of whatever hole you’ve been hiding in and have the guts to look out into the world and find a way to make it better for you having been here. I believe that from those who have been given much, much is to be expected.

And I don’t believe that any of us have an excuse…

But my old friend Tom Peters reminded me of two really important questions that I challenge you to answer:

  1. What’s the most important thing you’ve done in the last year?
  2. What’s the most important thing you’ll do in the next year?

… don’t think large… think huge…damn it, think huge!!!