As we step into the last quarter of 2010 and the holidays once again approach, it can be useful to take inventory of the thoughts and lessons learned throughout the year. It’s not so much a matter of dwelling on the past as it is on reflection, introspection, and appreciation of some measure of wisdom to carry forward.

Perhaps your summary of 2010 echos the comments shared by professionals all over the country:

“2010 was a year of recovery”
“It was a year to refocus and rebalance”
“Adversity seemed to be the neighbor on every side”
“2010 was a year of survival”

Perhaps 2010 has been a year of opportunity and you were positioned to prosper in what many perceive as uncertain and unprecedented economic times. Either way, there are reasons for gratitude….family, friends, colleagues, health and the experiences to prepare you for the next year.

I suggest that if 2010 was the year of survival, for many, 2011 will be the year of the Phoenix. The new year will be a chance to rise from the ashes for those who have paid the price towards personal and professional mastery. Will you be the Phoenix rising?

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
-Henry David Thoreau

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