2009 is here. Will it be a year of sorrow and loss? Or a year of joy and success? Nearly everyone reading this knows that it’s not what happens in the New Year that determines what sort of year it will be – but rather how we respond to what happens that makes the difference.

Standing between knowing this and living this understanding is one, big hairy elephant.

Take the current financial meltdown, for example. Does anyone know how long it will last? Can someone say with certainty what actions are necessary to ensure security? Of course not. Which means only one thing: It’s you. In 2009 you get to decide how you will live and play out each moment. Only you will create the excellence you get to experience.

Is it possible that we make excellence more difficult to achieve than necessary? M. Morgan once said, “Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other a matter of time.”

Whether or not you adopt resolutions in the New Year, Morgan’s counsel may hold a key to your success. Imagine if you created a plan over the next twelve months that assisted you in:

A) Being the highest QUALITY person possible in 24-hour stretches, and then
B) PERSISTENTLY living the discipline of demonstrating that quality.

Quality and persistence – your company promises these qualities to its customers. They also ask you to deliver the same in the workplace. What would 2009 look like if YOU were to require the same of yourself? What would happen if each day you woke up and committed to making the highest quality decisions you could make – and then did the same thing the next day and the next?

Do you care to make any predictions about the New Year? With this “quality and persistence” formula, objectives can become certainties.

Best wishes to you and yours in the exciting year ahead!



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