Photo by Julie Kwak on Unsplash
Photo by Julie Kwak on Unsplash

My father was a student of men such as Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over Christmas weekend I was going through some of my father’s things and found this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high spirit to become bored with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

Here it is the last day of 2020. This year has been one of a great deal of uncertainty and change. No doubt it has been difficult for many, as we read reports every day about both health and economic challenges facing millions of people across the globe. It is clear that many of our old ways do not work in the season of COVID-19. We have had to give up many of our ideas and old ways of working and living. 

Let’s seize the opportunity to go into 2021 with an open mind. Let’s brave the unknown and work it to our benefit. How can we seize upon what we have learned, leverage it to improve our leadership, and make our organizations better in 2021?

I put down this challenge to you. Take this moment, reflect upon the changes you made in 2020, and think about how you can leverage these to your benefit in the year ahead. Make 2021 your best year ever in spite of the challenges around us.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article. Please go out to LinkedIn to add your comments.

Dedicated to your profitable 2021,

Steve

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