I just love this time of year. The
Holidays afforded me many opportunities to connect with family, friends and
colleagues. I had the time to share stories and reflect on the blessings that
surround us all. Winter also brings one of my favorite playgrounds and I took
full advantage of the new snow; doing a lot of skiing in December.
As I rode the lifts to the top of
the mountain I had the time to think about the various conversations and the
thoughts being shared with me
It was wonderful to hear how everyone was doing and what activities
are being considered for the New Year.
Certainly 2009 brought some challenges and lessons learned to many of us.
Many I spoke to reflected on the market conditions presented this past year and
voiced their hopes that 2010 would be better. A common theme seemed to be that last year
was the year of "hurry up and wait",
so many, especially business leaders, seemed to be "sitting out", waiting for conditions to be just right or
for someone else to make the first move.
you found yourself falling in that trap?
you waiting until everything is just right before you start something?
"conditions" made you pause?
Let me share a story, an analogy that
came to mind.
I have a girlfriend that I love to
ski with. Our time on the slopes
is a day of play that gives us time outside and time inside our friendship.
Some of the best conversations happen on our ride to the top of the mountain. But
when we unload from the lift we are ready to release the thought, stop talking
and start doing.
As we move to the top of the slope,
there is that moment of pause. Together with other skiers we are anticipating
the fun and yet we are checking out the conditions. How does the snow look? Is
it icy? Any Powder left? Is that the perfect bump line I see? Where is my first
Here's the thing; you
never really know the conditions until you start your run. And, if you wait too long you may lose
the opportunity to ski freely in the line you see right now. So, don't wait,
I love jumping in to the first
My friend tells me
that when I jump in all the other skiers see the action and jump in right behind
me. She calls this my "Human Avalanche".
of action could you start today?
Is today the Day
You pick up
the phone and arrange that lunch to connect with old friends?
organize an effort to help a good cause?
You sign up
for that class you have wanted to take?
You start a
networking group to share opportunities?
the case in the meeting that Now is the time?
You say it
out loud, put it on paper, take the first step, and make it real?
I sometimes think this quote from
Howard Thurman is one that should be in the bright lights of Times Square as a
perfect New Year's theme to get things going in 2010.
ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because
what the world needs is people who have come alive."
OK, I know the first few turns can
be tough, sometimes not pretty. It's OK, we are not meant to be perfect, just
active. Maybe you slip or even fall. It happens. Pick yourself up, check your
equipment and jump back in.
You have everything you need to get
started and the rest of your run is just waiting for you to make that first
Not quite ready to go it alone?
Find a partner. Call a Friend. Hire a Coach.
2010 a year of action. Be the one out in front, ski your perfect line.
Remember enjoy your run! And know others may just follow.