Every December, we get the privilege of looking back over the past 12 months—reflecting on the past—and the opportunity to look forward to the next 12 months—planning for the future. I think that the natural course of things is intentional. In order to be balanced, wise people, we need time to pause and take stock.
As I think back on 2018, I would say that it’s been a transitional year for my wife and me. On the business front, 2018 has been a prosperous year, and we are grateful for that. On the personal level, I lost both my father-in-law (in March) and my father (in November). They were two great men who shaped my life and my family so much. In August, we gained a beautiful granddaughter. So 2018 has definitely been a year full of transitions and shifts for our family, as well as for Broad Insights as a company.
That being said, I want to take a couple of minutes with you and share some thoughts. As we reflect back on the year, it’s important to ask questions and assess where you find yourself. Here are some questions that I like to consider:
- What was important?
- What were the successes?
- What would you do differently?
As you anticipate 2019, it’s important to set some goals. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or to overextend and set goals that are unreachable. I’d encourage you not to bury yourself in a list that is unrealistic. Instead, focus on a few key areas:
- Consider the various facets of your life: personal, family, health, spiritual, financial, business, etc.
- Narrow your focus to a just a few goals in one of two of these areas.
The holidays can be busy, but let me encourage you to take a couple of hours alone to think about 2018, what has happened, and where your priorities may need to shift in 2019. What action steps do you need to take?
The first picture, above, is very poignant to me. The picture shows my sons and their cousins carrying the body of their grandfather to be buried alongside several generations of Wigintons in Glen, Mississippi.
The scene is poignant to me because it depicts a few key things:
- The importance of family: both past and future generations.
- The value of the legacy that we leave behind.
- The brevity of life.
The second picture, as you may have guessed, is of my brand-new granddaughter.
Friends, 2019 will come and go very quickly. Take the time to reflect on how you would like life to change for you.
I’d like to personally wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and prosperous 2019!