What Inspires You In Planning Your Next Year In Business?

Starting a New Year always brings on the raft of New Year’s predictions and personal resolutions.  Of course for most business folks, New Year’s Day translates into full cadre of items awaiting them at the office when the holiday glow has subsided:

  • New business plans,
  • New strategic goals,
  • New budgets,
  • New MBO’s to attack,
  • New Critical Success Factors to monitor and address, and
  • A significant number of program management milestones looming large in the not-so-distant future (and yes, perhaps some of them are reswizzled from last year … ouch.)

So before setting out to attack the business goals and objectives, I often try to reflect upon my personal motivators – I find that if I get that house in order, it aids me in having the proper perspective when attacking the business goals.


A Good Read

A popular source of inspiration and motivation for many folks is examining famous quotations – short sound bites and pithy incite into a topic du jour.  I have always enjoyed those, and find they do bring sanity to many personal and business situations.

This article from Inc.com resonated with me – 12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013, by Geoffrey James.


Everyone’s list will likely be different, but I enjoyed Mr. James’ selections.  One in particular stood out for me – from Harvey Mackay (a familiar source of quips and quotes to many folks):

  • “A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.”  Yup!


What Does Your List Look Like?

My personal list of favorites for this year, or any year:

  • “Strive to be a leader not a follower – and pray you have the wisdom to know when to follow.”  Many potential authors and multiple variations on this one, but my father gets most of the credit for this one in my little corner of the world.
  • “Just because you’re paranoid – doesn’t mean they aren’t really after you.”  I read this years ago from Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22, and found how true it continues to be over the years.  (Skeptical?  Just ask anyone from the internet security industry …)
  • “I wanted to change the world – but they wouldn’t give me the source code.”  Popular in more recent years, but any old code jockey gets this one in a heartbeat.
  • My all-time top pick, from Kalu Kalu:  “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

So – as you approach the New Year from a personal perspective and from a business perspective – what are the motivational drivers and reminders you employ to keep yourself centered through the year?  My take:  the items you select for your list – not so important, as there is a huge pond from which to fish, and to each his own when it comes to selecting the particulars.  IMO the key is:  make sure you have a list to tap for inspiration.  It comes in handy when things get most challenging, particularly in the new climate, as we continue our journey into the information economy here in the U.S. and we attempt to predict what our legacy will be both personally and professionally.


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