Reflecting back on 2009 and looking ahead to 2010, I came across a great quote that got me thinking:
You are the same today as you are going to be five years from now, except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read.
— Source: Charles Jones, cited in Attracting Perfect Customers
What a wonderful thought. It’s an inspiration for being more mindful in 2010.
What You Choose to Read
You have lots of control over what you choose to read. Are you reading the materials that are most nourishing for what you need right now, in your personal life or to take your career where you want it to lead?
I’m a voracious reader, as my friends and family know. But do I always take enough time before diving into a book or magazine, or a blog, to consider why I’m reading this one instead of something else? If I thought about its impact 5 years hence, would I choose differently?
The People in Your Circle
I’m blessed with a terrific spouse, a wonderful circle of friends, and a large and loving family. Holiday times like this provide ample opportunities to remember such blessings, and say thanks.
But as I think about the quote from above, I’m interested in creative ways to expand my circle of friends and associates. Yes, social network tools are one path for doing that, but I prize more experiential ways to meet people, via thoughtful exchanges by phone or face-to-face.
Food for thought: Following a trade show a few months ago, my husband shared his boss’ game plan when attending events or conferences: he takes time to identify the most interesting or smartest person he encountered that day, and invite him or her to dinner or coffee. That’s an approach I’d like to put into practice in 2010. It sounds like a fabulous way to meet people who can spark whole new ideas or opportunities.
For 2010, I’m looking forward to meeting new people from whom to learn and expand my horizons, so I in turn can make a greater contribution to friends and family, clients and the larger community.