With so many lists and “best-of” posts coming out this time of year, I wanted to take an intensely personal look at 2010 and show you what I came up with. This isn’t my typical post, but then again, I might not be your typical blogger… no links, no promos, just a personal gut check from a strange and wonderful year. To be honest, I wrote this more for me than you, so thanks for tolerating my indulgence…
Looking back on this year, specifically the last half I cannot express enough how awesome it has been and how blessed I am. If someone would have told me this summer that I would be looking back on this year with gratitude and appreciation, I would have told you that you were batshit crazy. What happened? Why the change of heart?
There was not some magical moment that I decided to grow and a person and professional this year. But I know that I have – it has become a deliberate and often highly uncomfortable process. We all know that when life throws a curve, you get to see what you are made of. I submit that when life throws a curve, you get to see who your real friends are. They are the ones right there beside you telling you to get your ass up and keep moving. The ones who can coach you through a blind spot… A few people that have made a significant difference that need a very loud shout out. Alison, Amber, Brandie, Chase, FGMC, Greg, Kat, Monica, Pavlo, Sam, Scott, #UsGuys and so many more… (no promo links – you know who you are) the whole of what you have done is so much greater than the sum of the parts. You have all conspired to change my life. How do I even list all of you?
Sorry, Twitter… I’m Fully Engaged.
In 2010, I met some incredible people that have opened up some pivotal doors for me. They have shown me time and again what true engagement means and how to build a positive community in social media - even if you are developing the brand as you go! The wisdom of the crowd prevails, especially when you are lucky enough to have your “crowd” be well above average in terms of engagement and influence. I would go as far as to say they may actually be some of the smartest kids on Twitter, but that just seems pejorative – albeit, probably true . I want to thank each and every person in my Tribe that has shown me what engagement means, shared their knowledge and skills, and debated the less concrete concepts at play in both Marketing 2.0 and life in general. Don’t ever let anyone tell you there is no value in social media. If you don’t want to slap them, tweet me… I will.
Personal Growth Not Involving Lewd Email Offers
Many of you that know me well know that (personally) this year was full of challenges and what might seem like “really bad things”. The awesome people that have come into my life this year have afforded me the luxury of taking what should have buried me and turning it into something to grow on. I love you all for that. I now see those challenges as unique opportunities that all worked together to bring me to exactly where I am right now, which is precisely where I am supposed to be. Incidentally, I do not think I am special in that regard. I have been put in the enviable position of looking around and taking full ownership of everything that happens in my life. It happens for a reason. Good, bad, seemingly indifferent… there is a reason. And it is usually me. I am not saying that if you get t-boned by a drunk driver that it is your fault, but you were there and you have to own that experience (and actually let yourself experience it). If I want to create positive change, I have to be willing to own the bad parts of my life as much as the good. I absolutely believe that people can make things happen around them. The way we carry ourselves, the energy we project to others, and the things that we meditate on all work together to determine what we think and ultimately how we act. No, I am not selling Tony Robbins books in the foyer. I am just saying the the old programming adage holds true: Garbage in, garbage out.
You Don’t Gotta Go Home…
This year has been a year of immense growth and change. I have literally been at the both the highest and lowest points of my life within the past twelve months. Every minute was worth every lesson learned. If I can leave you with one thought – squeeze the hell out of life. I mean every last damn drop. It is precious and can change in heartbeat. Live. Now. Do it. Okay – one link – Watch this and let it change. your. life.
With that I raise a glass to not living in the past. Here is to 2011. To your health, happiness, and to good things coming your way. ;-)
P.S. Seriously, only fair to warn you… I just might set the world on fire in 2011. I will allow you to determine what I mean by that…