I know most of you are not Jewish. (After all, only 2% of Americans are- with an even lower percentage of humans worldwide.) But, I do know that many of you begin your new companies this time of year. Whether that is because you plan to get a piece of government largesse (and the government fiscal year starts this Sunday) or because your kids started school and you now have a little more time to push the envelope is immaterial.
Resolutions. Improving ourselves. Making Goals. This is the time of year we generally consider them. It’s why I published my blog piece last Friday (1 January 2016) -because most of us actually consider what should be among our plans for the year now.
Today is the first day of the secular new year of 2016. Which means you probably are making sure you keep your New Year’s Resolutions. (I make my personal resolutions in September/October, when the Jewish New Year rolls around. My corporate KPI [key performance indicators] are evaluated three or four times a year to make sure we’re measuring the right things.)
It’s New Year’s Eve. I know, you are rushing around, trying to get everything done so you can go out and party tonight. But, here’s something else you shouldn’t forget. Make your plan for 2015. You deserve it. No… you need it!
It’s the next to last day of Elul. As I wrote on the first day, when the period of self-assessment begins, we are 30 days into the 40 day period of determining how we can make our lives- and the lives of others- better. (You can also search for Elul in the index to the left and see more of my thoughts on this “resolution-making” period.)
This is nearing the end of my annual introspective season. Today is the last of the 30 days of Elul. Tonight (all Jewish days begin at night; the Tora says, “There was evening, there was morning, one day”) is Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year). The first day of Elul was the anniversary of my mom’s death and the coming of age of my eldest daughter. Elul or Rosh Hashana are normally associated with the advent of the academic year. Plenty of reasons to wonder: Am I where I want to be? But, the questions I will pose today are ones we all need to examine each and every day….“How much do we really need?”