Happy New Year. Welcome to 2016!
I hope today finds you full of anticipation as you approach new opportunities. However, before you roll into all that lies ahead, perhaps the best thing you can do is not make resolutions, but remember.
Remember … it strikes me as funny that the word remember is so easy to forget. I think God knew it would be the case and that’s why he put the word remember in the Bible so many times, constantly reminding His people to look back.
Oh, I’m not suggesting God doesn’t want us to look ahead. He does. But as leaders it is important for us to remember where we came from. 2015 had moments, good and bad, you need to reflect on. If you are like me, there are things you can build on and things you should change.
I also encourage you to remember who helped you get where you are. Most of my success in the past year was because I worked with great people. Without my inner circle I would not be where I am. How about you? Are there some people who deserve your gratitude. Don’t wait until November for Thanksgiving. Make your appreciation known this week.
Next, remember what’s important. People matter more than things. Leadership is relationship. As you look back over the last year, your impact had more to do with your values than your volume of sales, wins, or promotions. Evaluate your values and make sure you are locked in on what matters for the new year.
Finally, remember who you are. You are not your accomplishments, successes, failures, hopes, revenue, or even your relationships. You are you. Psalm 139 reminds us we wouldn’t be here unless we were created to be. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you (GOD) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well … Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Translated – there is a plan for your life, so lead well!
As you charge the 2016 hill, make your resolutions, write out your bucket list, make your plans, dream your dreams. But before you do any of those things, don’t forget to remember.
Leadership Begins at Home,
What is your favorite memory from 2015?
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Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.