Another year gone by… way too fast.
I wish I had been more diligent with the launch of my new business: ProjectSpeakersNetwork.com. I wish I had spent more time networking with fellow professional speakers. I wish I had found the time to develop those two new keynote speeches I am looking for. I wish I had produced a podcast every month like I had promised myself. I wish I had produced the Slideshares for my blogs like I had dreamed I could this year.
I wish I had done a lot of things differently. But so what? A lot of things went right for me this year: the new web site for Project Speakers is almost done, I spoke in front of 45 audiences over the year, the podcasts that I did do were pretty good, 7 Slideshares are done and ready to go and I have contracted with a resources to help me produce 25 more.
There is so much to be grateful for about this past year. And the best news is that the New Year is about to start. We can get back to The Plan.
About a year ago I wrote in this space about the importance of having a plan – a strategic plan: a personal or professional strategic plan that addresses our future. Where are we today, where do we want to be in a year’s time and most importantly, how are we going to get there?
I have a plan. I have something that I can go back to this week and say “how did I do?”. That act of looking back is really important. A benchmark or report card that I can use to judge my progress.
Yes, it does involve a lot of “I wish I had…” but there is also a lot of good news as well. And the best news is that another year is on us.
So get over the bad news, celebrate the good news and look ahead. Get out the plan, dust it off, rewrite it and get on with it.
Happy New Year.
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