The first week of January has always been a "reset" time for me. While it can be argued that January 1st is just an arbitrary date on the timeline and should not be considered some magic time to cast personal resolutions for change, the changing of the calendar is a great excuse to pause, take stock and reset.
I always take some time in the first week of January to assess where I am, where I need to be, and what it will take to get there. Maybe I should do that more often. Maybe that will be something I do this year. It reminds me of the Vorlon five questions from the amazing series Babylon 5 from the late 1990's.
Who are you? Really, who ARE you? Beyond your name and address, past your occupations and title, what are the things that make you, you?
Where are you going? Not physically, but metaphorically - where are you heading to in your life and career? What are the decisions and actions active in your life now leading you to?
Where have you been? Contemplate the situations and experiences that have compounded to make you the person you are today.
Who do you follow? The people you admire, emulate, aspire to be can say much about you.
Whom do you lead? Even if you don't consider yourself a "leader", there may be people who look up to you, admire you, and try to emulate you. Be aware of of your actions and be aware of those who may see you as a leader even if you don't.
I kick off 2017 with a revamp of my websites, new social presence and a renewed effort to create awesomeness. I'll be doing my best to divide my blog efforts to separate technology posts from the political rants as well. I plan to focus a whole lot more on helping kids adopt technology which is something I did a great deal of in the past, but have been quite lax in recent years.
Whether you make New Years resolutions or not, take the time this week to assess where you are in life and where you want to be. If you don't like what you see, make an effort to change it.
Be awesome, change the world.