What? Hash-tags on this blog…”I thought I’d never see the day” (you’re probably thinking). Well this post is different. Rather than just providing content (as I regularly attempt to do), I’m issuing a challenge directly to you…to take a step often overlooked…causing many to undermine their chances of even starting the new year “on the right foot.” Sufficiently confused (or interested)? Let me demystify…
Tis’ the season for new years’ resolutions – the key to focus, achievement, happiness and all things good…right? In fact if you “google it” you’ll get 35.8 million “results” on great techniques, processes, methods, etc. What could I possibly add (…that I haven’t already)? I won’t.
Rather I submit that the prerequisite for all the elaborate goal-setting-, mapping- and strategizing- techniques is to have an accurate read on your starting point…which is, in fact, your “ending point.” In other words – taking an inventory of where you are today and what lessons you’ve learned that will enable you to be more successful in the future.
What if you don’t? George Santayana, the well known Harvard professor and philosopher, said it best: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.”
So here’s the challenge…take a few minutes to think over the past year – adversity, successes, relationships… – all of it. Then quickly jot down the main feelings and insights that come to mind. Finally, once you have the list, clean-up, combine, refine, etc. and distill into the key lessons learned you want to hold on to.
THEN, take the challenge…SHARE your lessons learned in the comments to this post…even if it’s just one. Why? First, writing it here means you’ve taken it seriously and actually done it, versus giving yourself a pass. Second, the best learning is often what we learn from each other…so enrich others by making yourself vulnerable and sharing; and be enriched thanks to the vulnerability of others.
To give you some “starter fluid” and to practice what I’ve preached, here’s my gift of vulnerability in the form of my 8 lessons learned in 2014 in the first comment below:
(click on comment link above, under the title…)
Well, now that I’ve “put myself out there…” I ask you to take up the challenge to share one or more things you’ve learned in 2014. In fact, when you’re done, take it to the next level and challenge someone else to share theirs in the post comments!
The BIG GOAL: to have between 20 and 14 people join the exchange (numbers not a coincidence, but happy to see even more). This means at least 20 to 14 sets of lessons learned – a “mini-wikipedia” full of fresh, first-hand insights, wisdom and knowledge…and with YOU as a contributing author (and benefactor!).
(if you’d still like advice on taking the next step of setting goals you can check out one of the 35.8 million other viewpoints online…or just stay on this blog, subscribe and read your fill – here’s a few to get you started…but, most importantly, thanks for being here and…)
…I wish you a blessed 2015! Can’t wait to read and be enriched by your #2014LLE…