Sometime in 2005, I wrote an article with this same title in the issue of Leadership Magazine. Over the years, I have lived to see practical insights in what I wrote then. We have come to another year. As we retire out of the failures and successes of 2018, we must blow our trumpets in praise of the creator at least, in context that we have had challenges but life is still on. We need a positive and winning attitude to steer well into 2019. Thinking about all that we have done, been involved in, attempted to do, dropped from our possible lists, thought of or even bumped into, we cannot fail to see light into the New Year.
We can confidently affirm that time flies and times change. I wish to quickly recollect that we all seemingly swim through a year. All of us have achieved something at least but we have also failed in several others. But, the pleasing reality is that we are still alive. We lost dear ones, lacked money, missed an enjoyment and got annoyed, etc. We shall all get to that point of overweight if we do not carry a winning attitude. As years pass by into the past, we must prepare to face the uncertain future with determination and courage. It is by understanding oneself that we develop a positive attitude to life.
Management is about situations and attitudes. I have noted that many individuals and groups are busy chasing physical resources to be able to survive. That is the reality of life. Successful people use words that look to the positive side of every situation: my best years are still ahead of me; this year will be better; I am hoping for greater achievements, I am sure I will do that; If others did, why not me. Let me try, etc.
The way we talk of achievements, our failures and ourselves affects our confidence. Psychologists have noted that the body often reacts and plays to the tune of our thoughts. The following talks for example characterize the failure identity: I will not do anything better; I have many problems that overwhelm me. My problems are greater than those of others. I wish I were someone else. It is all God’s plan to have these problems! Such phrases will keep us imprisoned in the failures of 2018 and even shadow the achievements that we have had in the past. It cultivates a clear self-failure for the New Year. If we do not have a winning attitude, our minds create a variety of negative emotions like boredom, anxiety, fatigue, self-pity, loneliness, misery and depression. The end results: mistakes at work, poor performance, being quarrelsome and lack of sympathy from others who might have given us a hand.
Life can be made exciting with such simple issues like evaluating oneself over the year and projecting what one wants to do in the New Year, as a husband, worker, clansman, priest, mother, nurse, farmer, trader, teacher etc. We do not need to go to conference facilities to have planning sessions, or even to evaluate ourselves. In this month, take off a few minutes to walk along a country path, or step outside your busy desk, or lie on bed in quiet atmosphere, or any such setting that will allow you a few minutes of reflection – to be struck by events of the ended year and projections of the new one. We are now in the “Happy New Year” greeting, with the least inquiry of “How was 2018”. Asking about the past is not often welcome as it may remind friends of the failures and the bad experiences of the old year. From a scholarly point of view however, that would be the most essential. It helps to know where we have come from and how we should get on. Past failure is a good tool for planning.
Let me close off this reflection of a winning attitude with the common excuses that come with failure: “being too busy, too cold or too hot; too far, too early or too late; due to unavoidable circumstances”! These are just a few of the things that kept life strained in the ended year. Having no plan for ourselves for a whole year is very unwise.
Well, how many of us curse passing times for not having been good. However, how does life in a year itself become good or bad? It is what we make of it. It is about managing situations and attitudes. Celestial Blessings to us all in the New Year!
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