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Wrisë D. Booker, Mentor2Leaders

As the New Year rushes in, destined to bring a whirlwind of activity, surprises and months that disappear in the blink of an eye, we really should slow down now – even at this moment – and think.  You’ve probably already given at least a passing thought to your goals for the year, your resolutions and your first steps.  If so, good for you.  The thinking I’m encouraging you to do, though, is not about that.  It’s more fundamental.

Think about you … simply you, no one else.

Chase away all images, distractions and sounds and concentrate on you.

Be peaceful and quiet.

See yourself.

Think about 2010.  Who were you when the clock struck midnight?  No, not where were you, but WHO you were.  Do you remember?  Can you return to how you were feeling about yourself, your circumstance and what lay ahead?  Were you hopeful, worried or somewhere in-between?

On that night, did you have a picture of the you that would emerge by the end of the year?  If so, are you there yet?  If you never formed a picture, no worries; you’re in the company of millions.

Here’s the good news:  You can, right now, form a picture of the person you will evolve to by the end of 2011.  Consider:

When you get to New Year’s Eve 2011, what do you want to be able to say about yourself?

How are you different from New Year’s Eve 2010?

What happened with your character?

What happened with how you treated your friends?  Your enemies?  The nameless people on the street?

What did you tackle that you’d been avoiding?  How did it turn out?

What did you make better?

Who’s in your life now, who wasn’t there – or at least as much – in 2010?

What do you have to smile about?

Is the picture forming?  Close your eyes.  See you. Let it surface.

There are those of us who are waiting to welcome you at the other end of this year.  May you have a wonderful journey.