What’s In Store

Look forwardLooking forward. It’s a common enough expression, and one heard frequently at quarterly business briefings where the managers are shifting focus from the recent results to what they are trying to create in the coming periods.

“Looking forward, we see an ease in commodity pricing and a corresponding shift in disposable household income. These two events combined should work in our favor for the profit improvement our shareholders deserve.”

There are many things in life we look forward to. Depending where you are on the journey, you may be looking forward to finding new friends, or a better job. You may be looking forward to events related to your children – their first day of school, their graduation, their wedding. It depends.

Many of us look at a new year as a time to look forward to better things, even greater things, than we’ve seen in the past.

In their high school years, my kids each said something like “These are supposed to be the best years of my life”, which made me wonder if they really believed it. But each year, each day really, has the potential to bring us something better. That doesn’t happen by fate or luck. It happens by construct.

What’s in store for me is a lot of work, and some reflection. In order to have my best year ever, I’m going to have to draw on what I’ve learned from a lot of pretty good years I’ve had so far.

I’m looking forward to 2010 being a better year, and looking back at 2009 I’d have to say that it will take a little more effort to have a better year. I better get to work.

What’s in store for you? Have you set some goals for the year? Let’s share ’em now, and then we can share the success stories later.

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