As we begin the New Year, I am reminded of a quote by management consultant Peter Drucker, “The best way to predict the future is to create it”. Like the painter in the picture that we encountered on a trip to Venice, we all get a blank canvas when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve. With the New Year upon us, why not aim high, think big and go for it!
Today, let’s talk about what will make 2015 your best year ever. Starting a new year is like being the first one up on the ski lift on a beautiful sunny morning. There you are at the top of the mountain with your skis pointed down and ready to go through fresh snow. Ready to ski where no one else has yet dared to go this morning. What makes this so exciting? The anticipation and imagination of the run. Your run.
Albert Einstein once said,“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there will be to know and understand”.
I believe Albert was trying to articulate the power and potential of embracing our possibilities and the magnitude of the opportunity in front of us. That combined with the sheer focus that the New Year brings gives us a fresh dose of urgency.
Let me ask 3 critical questions to help you make 2015 extraordinary. Clarity in these areas and commitment to their implementation will get you off to a fast start.
1) What sense of purpose is driving you in your personal and business life this year?
2) Who do you plan to impact in a positive and lasting way this year?
3) What knowledge can you gain in the New Year that will benefit you and your clients?
Let me share the secret of many great achievers. They never consider themselves truly finished with their work. When legendary Pablo Casals reached his ninety-fifth year, a reporter asked,” Mr. Casals, you are ninety-five and the greatest cellist who ever lived. Why do you still practice six hours a day?” Casals answered, “Because I think I’m making Progress”. Now that’s dedication to excellence!
We are all a work in progress. We must continue to improve one day at a time. Each New Year brings with it the promise of a new beginning. We can stand up and proclaim, “This year I will………!”
At the end of the year, will you be able to say that you have become a better version of yourself and in the process made a difference? Only you may answer that.
I wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year!
Mike Sciortino has more than 30 years experience in the investment management business. Mike speaks at Conferences and writes often about how advisors can differentiate themselves, grow their practice, and improve their lives through time-tested processes. See all of Mike’s stories for CMG Advisor Central. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn.