“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
I’m going to at least moderately break on of my own personal rules today. I typically avoid like the plague anything that sounds like a New Year’s Resolution. They’re the same every year, and every year by May you forgot what they were.
So we won’t call this a New Year’s Resolution. We’ll call this a New Year’s Call to Action. We have the chance to take a deep breath and re-start any time we want, but for some reason a new year sounds like the perfect opportunity.
Think about what you’d most like to do with your business or your career or your life). Grow? Take on a different role? Start an altogether new business? Pick up a new hobby? Whatever it is, think about that – better yet, draw a picture of what that would look like.
Now ask yourself: what has to change in my business or career or life to make that picture a reality? What behaviors do I need to change? What skills do I need to learn? Are the barriers money? Time? People in my life who take my energy?
You have the opportunity to do the things you want to do in your life. But they don’t just happen. You have to develop a clear picture of what you want to be and then figure out what specifically you have to do to get there. It takes actual work, and you don’t just luck into it.
Don’t spend the next 20+ years wishing you were doing something else, or being something else, or living somewhere else, or whatever else you can come up with. You’re never too old and it’s never too late. You always have the ability to do the things with your life that you want to do. So take this opportunity of the New Year to make a New Start. Don’t leave things unsaid or undone. Say them and do them – and start now.