Closing Out The Year

Today’s the last day of the year. The sun is setting on 2012. Three hundred and sixty six days passed this year. That’s 366 chances to have made a difference in the world.

Did you lead better this year? Did you do the things you desired to do? Did you reach to new heights?

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I hope you did. I know you have the potential to do great things. The world is at your fingertips waiting for you to step out and take the next step. Are you willing to seize the day?

I Am

There’s been a lot of frustration in life as I’ve held back and not stepped forward as much as I should have. There have been work, family, and church situations that called for me to step up and be a better leader and I failed.

Thankfully it doesn’t end there. There’s always another day and another chance to step forward and lead well.

I’m taking the stand today to say I’m going to be a better leader this coming year. At my workplace, at my home, and where ever I may go. I’ll be a leader this year.

Will You?

I’d like to ask you to join me in becoming a better leader this year. It won’t be easy. It’ll require you to get out of your comfort zone and make tough choices. And there will be times of fear.

One thing I can promise you though is that this will be well worth it.

As you step forward and lead, you’ll begin to see huge gains in your life. Confidence levels will rise. Opportunities will present themselves. Your world will change.

Are you willing to set aside the petty things and begin leading a life that leads?

Now don’t make this a New Years Resolution or anything like that. Instead, make this a life resolution. A change that will impact you for the rest of your life.

Decide to step forward and lead well from this day forward.

Question: How are you going to live a leading life? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I am going to be a better husband and father this year.  Not that I’ve been bad this year, but there are some areas that I can see that I need to improve on in 2013.

    • That’s great Larry! Those are two areas we can always improve upon. What steps are you going to take to become a better husband and father?

  • Objective for today: Finalize my game plan for the next year. 2012 was amazing, time to keep learning and growing. May God shower you with blessings and abundance in the year ahead Joe!

    • Sweet Chris. I hope 2013 brings you as many amazing things as 2012 did. Keep me in the loop if you need anything. 

  • I just posted “no resolutions, just change” yesterday at  I chose a word for 2013: excel  

    • Dan, that’s cool. My friend Brandon Gerard did something similar. He’s got three words for his life that he’s trying to live out.

  • DS

    I’m going to be more strategic in my planning, and more intentional in my actions.

    • Good plan DS. What’s your strategy for doing this?

      • DS

        I’m working with 6 notecards, that I review once daily.  Each one has specific things to be working towards.  Some are very short sighted, others are longer term.  Altogether they are working towards very long-term life aspirations.

  • For me, it starts with this – STAY THE COURSE.  It’s easy to get off track, but I want to be consistent and intentional in my leadership as we enter 2013.

    • So true Jon. Consistency is so important in leading our lives well. How are you setting yourself up for success in this area?

      • I’m continuing with some of the same disciplines that helped me in 2012.  Routine is often key to consistency.  I run 4 days a week.  I start the day in God’s word.  I utilize tools like MS Outlook to keep my schedule in tact.

  • Great post, Joe. I am going to continue to be more intentional about leading wherever I am. Connection is a big word for me in the coming year. I want to be more intentional about connecting with people in person as well as online.

    • Good luck in forming new connections Tammy. It’s invaluable as you progress through life! How are you planning on being more intentional and building relationships?

      • Connections and building relationships with people who encourage and support you has been so instrumental for me. This year, I am focusing on being more intentional about meeting people in person, and not relying so much on texts, FB and Twitter. Those interactions are important, but whenever possible, I am trying to meet people and build stronger relationships.

  • Great post to serve as a reminder to think about impact. Here’s the summary of my 2012:

    • Thanks Brandon. You’ve had a packed year. Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings you!

  • I’m with you brother!!! Let’s keep moving forward and becoming better each and every day. Even if we become better through failure. Looking forward to growing our friendship even more in 2013.  

    • Glad to hear you’re with me Dan! It’s going to be a fun trip as I push myself to grow and lead better. Have you created a game plan for the upcoming year yet?

      •  It sure is. Yes, I have and today I’m going to be printing it out and putting it in a binder.

  • I love it….keep making forward progress.  I reviewed my personal mission statement and set new goals for 2013.  The one thing that keeps coming up for me is that being a leader includes taking care of yourself…and that is the decision I’ve made for 2013.  I need to lose some weight – and I believe it is one of the biggest things I could do to improve my leadership in 2013…improve my energy level and confidence.  I don’t want to call it a resolution, but a commitment to my personal growth.

    • It’s interesting how that works, isn’t it? If we’re not taking care of ourselves, eventually we’ll be unable to care for those that need our leadership. I’ve heard it compared to an emergency in an airplane. They instruct you to help yourself first and then others.

      Those are awesome commitments to make Tom. Put your mind to it and take the steps and you’ll see the growth you need to.

  • I’m with you, I’m taking BOLD action in 2013. I’m going to lead by example!

    • Woot woot! That’s great Kimanzi. I hope it’ll be a great 2013 for you as well.