Once again, it’s that time of year when we get to turn the page from old to new, from 2017 to 2018. We’re in the surround of people looking back and looking ahead. It’s the season of New Year’s resolutions…or not. What say you?
Same word. Different perspective. Proof positive that how you look at something makes all the difference.
‘Resolve’ seems so powerful. It’s courageous, generative, future-oriented. Now look at ‘Re-solve.’ It seems so different. It’s a “you didn’t get it right the last time so let’s have another go at it.” It’s fixing problems of the past. By contrast, ‘Resolve’ is about causing what’s possible for the future.
“All’s well that ends well” may be a time worn adage, but with all due respect to Sir William Shakespeare, I say “That which begins well goes well.” If you approach things from the start with greater resolve, you won’t have to re-solve.
At KHJ, we’re all about helping people and organizations see and realize what’s possible. It really does begin with what you see, and how clearly you see it. It means creating a plan and a pathway to bring your vision to life. And most important, it requires believing in yourself and your organization to do what it takes to go the distance. In other words, it takes resolve.
That’s a lot to ask at the start. But our experience proves that when things begin well, they have a better chance of going well. Or at least better than just showing up and letting things happen.
There is a special ritual for each person who joins KHJ during which two words emerge that reflect their unique way of being. Those BE words are then shared in many ways as both a reflection and celebration of who and how they BE.
I’m being true to my personal BE words (BOTH/AND) when I declare BOTH that 2017 has ended well, AND that I am resolved to begin well in 2018 – to realize a vision for collaboration, community and contribution. All is indeed well, and I am grateful.
Happy New Year everyone. Here’s to greeting 2018 with a fresh new perspective.