Wednesday, 21 December 2016
The Way We Were
As we approach the end of the year, for many it is a time of reflection. We look back not only on this year, but on the end of years in times past. We visit our memories; some pleasant, others not so much.
When times are difficult we tend to recall the ‘glory years’ when everything came easily, almost effortlessly, though we know that was not the case. We find ourselves longing for the good ole’ days and melancholy starts to wash over us.
When this happens we begin to get experience the paralysis of inaction and indecision. We wonder how we can roll back the clock to see how good the emotions of success made us feel. We stop leading and start reminiscing.
And if we have had a successful year, there is a natural tendency to be somewhat smug. We have new experiences on which we can rest our laurels. We stop leading while we accept the accolades.
Both of these responses are normal under the circumstances. But as a leader you have no time for these indulgences. Your job must always be forward looking. There are no such things as ‘future memories’. You are in the ‘memories building’ business and it is one that has no end; it has only infinite possibilities.
This season, be certain to recall…reflect…rest…and rejoice.
But remember tomorrow is only a day away and others are counting on you to do your job so that they can do theirs. It may not be fair but it is the reality.
My very best regards for health and success in the New Year! I will talk with you again in January.