The first day of the year is the most widely celebrated day on earth. It is the one day that almost everyone recognizes and feels good about.
But a new dawn, no matter the day is just that - it's what we do with it that counts. Our world today is so much more connected than ever before; today almost any action is a visible action; almost any idea is a shared idea; almost nothing can hide, and almost everything seeks exposure.
One implication of this is that we (people and organizations alike) must be quick to sense, quick to diagnose, and quick to react. This instinct is in us, and has evolved to protect us. But as often as it saves us, knee-jerk reactions can also hurt us; and in our world, this hurt can easily be magnified.
I am a CAAD, someone who is more interested in the beginning than the middle or the end, someone who thrives in a world of ideas. And as a marketer, I understand the power of ideas, the reality of perceptions, and the potential of the moment.
Seth talked today about this being the frustration decade; there is some truth to that, but I think this is also going to be the decade of clarity - one that like today's date, consists only of ones and zeroes; one that requires modernizing (pictured) The Thinker in all of us. This is going to be a time of binary actions and reactions, where judgments will be made rapidly and often indiscriminately. Clarity is not truth, but clarity is easily grasped and easily shared. Actions need consideration.
I don't make resolutions (ever), but I was reading The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card and was so struck by the power of I was what I did; I am what I will do - that I had to stop and write.
My resolution is this - I will do many things from now, I will do many of them instinctively, but I will do some deliberately. I will sense, diagnose, contemplate and then respond. I will take more care to do what I do, to think what I think --- to be who I am.