Ready for a great year? Fantastic, because 2010 promises to be an opportunity for you to enjoy the best year of your life!
For many people, the past year or two have been very challenging. Gloomy economic conditions combined with political acrimony and generalized pessimism created a climate of mild despair. Particularly in 2009, many found it difficult to feel optimistic.
It is often necessary to go through a period of challenge to reach our greatest potential. It is a quirk of human nature that we seem to be able to find our greatest strengths and talents when faced with a significant challenge. That is why my first prediction is that 2010 will be more extraordinary than any previous year in your lifetime.
The time is right for new leaders to emerge, for creative minds to unveil concepts and inventions that change the way we live, for neighbors to reach out to enrich the lives of those around them, for teachers to find a greater vision to inspire their students, for parents to focus more intensely on assisting their children to develop into healthy, happy, productive adults. 2010 will be a year of reaching deeper to achieve personal goals. It will be a year of broadening your circle of influential people as well as those that you influence.
Exactly how these opportunities will unfold for you is yet to be determined. You may already be aware of the changes that are coming your way, or you may need to spend some time reflecting on your potential.
How do I know what opportunities lay ahead of you for 2010? Because the same possibilities exist every year. That’s one of the greatest aspects of life; we are constantly faced with opportunities to enjoy a more wonderful life than ever before. Every day brings an opportunity for a U-Turn, a do-over, or a change in direction.
Made some mistakes in 2009? No problem. 2010 is a great year to begin making corrections. Not sure if you are reaching your potential in some areas of life? Great, you’ve got a whole year ahead of you to explore your capabilities! Not sure what direction you should take for the future? Start seeking.
We’ve got 52 whole weeks until this time next year. What could each of us do with that kind of time? One option would be spending four or five hours a day in front of the television. Let’s see, that is roughly one thousand, six hundred and forty hours during 2010. Can you imagine what we could accomplish if we used a tenth of that time productively? One hundred and sixty hours is about four work-weeks. That’s only 26 minutes a day.
My second prediction is that we will all become more aware of how precious our time is. There are countless ways each of us could find to earn more money, if we chose to make the effort. However, there is no way on earth for any of us to gain even an extra second in a day. How we choose to invest our time is one of the most critically important decisions we will ever make.
My third prediction is that each of us will recognize the significance of others in more meaningful ways. The tornadoes of 2009 illustrated just how important our community is to the welfare of each of us as individuals. Neighbors matter. Co-workers are special people in our lives. Even strangers begin to become significant once we realize that they may share something in common with us.
My fourth and final prediction is that we will each become more conscious of our role as examples. We often think of celebrities, political leaders and sports figures as being role models. That myth is a creation of the media. We are all role models. The life you live is influential to someone, perhaps many people. 2010 will be a year of being a better example.
Those are my predictions for your life in 2010. Is there any guarantee that they will unfold as predicted? Not really, but for your sake and mine, I hope they do.
Next week: A mystery!
Dr. Mark Kestner