January 2012 Editor's Fix

In years past I have shared my own struggles, achievements, goals and dreams in this space. Knowing it’s been five years and having read every issue last November, and being faced with the New Year’s edition to boot, I found myself at a bit of a loss. How could I possibly say something new, when it all seems the same? Eat healthy, exercise, cherish your relationships, work hard, be grateful. Not in that order. As usual when I find myself experiencing writer’s block, I avoid and ignore, doing every possible other task first. Subconsciously I must have been anticipating its inevitability, as I found myself reading an inspiring article that helped me to realize two things. 1. Even if the message is repetitive, it’s important and helpful to revisit it. 2. We all have moments of greatness.

The article is called “Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership” by Robert E. Quinn. While the title may seem to pertain to business, don’t be fooled. It’s applicable to us all, in every facet of life. Sometimes we feel like we’re on top of the ball, sometimes we feel like we’re just going through the motions. According to Quinn, we’re “at the top of our game when we act from our deepest values and instincts” and typically this occurs when we are faced with a crisis of some kind – loss of a job, divorce, injury. Any kind of life challenge. “If you made decisions not to meet others’ expectations but to suit what you instinctively understood to be right – in other words, if you were at your very best – you rose to the task because you were being tested,” he adds. If you read the article, you’ll find that Quinn offers great advice on entering the “fundamental state” by choice.

After reading the article, I resolved to challenge myself monthly through following Quinn’s advice. While it’s impossible to be “on” at all times, pushing ourselves to rise to important tasks at hands by being our best is not only rewarding, but will help us to follow our most honest and fulfilling life path.

I wish you all a very gratifying 2012, and hope you find your own methods of meeting your goals and dreams this year.