“It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute…that gives meaning to our lives.” – Tony Robbins
This is the time of year many of us reflect on the past year and plan for the future. It’s a time to pause and think about what we’ve learned, as well as see what changes we can make in the new year. Sometimes things only make sense when looking back.
From reflection comes growth, maturity and development. It’s something I want to incorporate throughout my daily life, not just during this time of year. Our lives get busy, we move from one thing to the next quickly, and don’t take time to reflect.
For me personally, looking back on the past year, I realized that the high points of the year, the achievements I’m most proud of, came from projects that were accomplished with others. So in 2015, I’m making a concerted effort to accept more projects that offer the opportunity to collaborate with people.
My colleague Tracy and I were both presented with an award by our company, Emmis Communications. Tracy received an award for Most Creative Person in Publishing and I won for Sales Person of the Year in Publishing. While reflecting on this win, I realized that the best part of this award wasn’t winning— although it is nice to be acknowledged for your work. The best part was winning alongside a friend, who I work with day in and day out. It was amazing to be recognized for the work we help each other produce every day. And to top it off, it was a lot of fun to share the excitement. Although it’s my name inscribed on this award, there’s no way I could have done it by myself and I want to celebrate the excitement with others on my team.
I encourage you to look back on the past year and think about what made you happy. Consider incorporating more of it into your life next year.
In the spirit of the holidays, I can’t go without thanking everyone around me for helping make this a successful 2014. It’s wonderful to be able to count on so many talented people everyday.
Happy New Year!