I Am, Excited, Learning, and Grateful

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Focusing on the quality of questions was my Aha! moment in Gary Keller's The ONE Thing. Asking the one question creates a mental speedbump to slow down our frantic busyness. In the last 24 hours, the holiday dinner moved from stove to refrigerator, wrapping paper from presents to recycling, and holiday music tucked away until next fall. Who could blame you for feeling distressed at your sudden lack of stress, or a kneejerk reaction of asking, "What's next?" As your attention turns to the new year, here are three questions of quality to help make 2018 the happiest of new years.

What did you learn in 2017?

I learned to learn again. I took a Javascript programming course through Udemy.com. I used it to successfully develop and launch an App for a client. The most valuable lesson was that online learning creates a competitive advantage for companies who have all the technology they need. In 2007 acquiring cutting-edge technology created an advantage. After a decade of innovation and competition, every company now has access to high-quality, low-cost technology. In 2018, successful firms will upgrade the talents of their team members instead of their software. What did you learn in 2017? How will you leverage it for more success in 2018?

What were you grateful for in 2017?

You may find answering this question to be as challenging as the events of the last year. Here's a little secret I learned about developing an attitude of gratitude. Just start. Sit down with a journal or a single sheet of paper and start writing. Like eating potato chips, I'll bet you can't stop at just one. I was most grateful this year for the challenges I experienced, including the App mentioned above, replacing a blown head gasket, learning how to help a friend with health challenges who didn't want any help. I learned I can fix any "thing", but when it comes to people, supporting is more appropriate than fixing. What are you most grateful for in 2017? For extra points, if you are grateful for a person, tell them. There is no greater gift.

What are you most excited about for 2018?

   Taking another page from The ONE Thing, of all the challenges you could do, which should you do, such that everything else would become easier or unnecessary? Here at Leverage Unlimited, we intend to elevate our vision while creating a tighter focus to work with those we serve best. As outlined in Lead and Disrupt by Charles O'Reilly and Michael Tushman, we intend to focus on developing leadership within client organizations instead of developing technology. What are you most excited about for 2018? Have you put your plans on paper?  

Happy New Year!

All of us at Leverage Unlimited are looking forward to our best year ever in 2018. Happy New Year everyone!