Renewal is the word to embrace at the start of the year.
Two thousand twenty.
For those of us born and reared prior to the turn of the century, just the concept of 2020 is striking…it’s as if we are living in the future.
The turn of the decade brings to mind an important habit for executives of all kinds: the habit of reflection and renewal. More than just “re-setting your plan,” a habit of reflection and renewal is about a full breakdown of your career and personal aspirations and–this is the important part–how your current actions align against them.
The most effective executives I know are experts at reinvention. Without being haphazard, they are thoughtful about what to cast off and what to bring into the fold when it comes to their professional lives and their overall endeavors. The kicker is that this habit isn’t done as “change for change’s sake,” it’s done as a means of renewal.
Renewal implies the continuation of the good, a re-upping of time and effort against things that matter most. And, it implies that some things are left to expire.
As we start this new decade, it’s good to consider what your own points of renewal are. This habit can be focused on your personal life, your career, or your overall business.
Maybe, in your personal life, you might seek to renew a writing hobby but to allow a portion of your screen habits to expire.
Maybe, in your professional life, you might have a renewed focus on developing new expertise in your particular function or profession.
Maybe, in your overall business, you might have a renewed focus on a particular strategic thrust at the expense of boondoggles of the past.
What do you think?