Over 2000 years ago, three wise men followed a star. A young woman and her husband began a journey that started with the ‘impossible’ and a child was born that became one of the greatest leaders ever known. The world has never been the same.
For many of us, 2010 has been a year of personal and professional challenges, but just imagine the challenges these people once faced.
The image above is message I created for my CorePurpose Christmas Card in 2010 and it is one I firmly believe in. Opportunities are like stars. There are millions of them out there. It is all a matter of which one we choose to reach for, to believe in and to work to achieve.
As I write this on Christmas Eve, there are signs that opportunities are rising like stars. The New York Times writes that economists see signs of a stronger recovery while other analysts predict growth in 2011 also. In reviewing my notes form this year’s Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference, I see point after point that the speakers made about where the opportunities lie and how to reach them.
This is the time of year when we reach out to others.
Christmas cards, business and personal newsletters sharing stories of a year that soon will be past and hope for the year to come, notes on LinkedIn, on my personal Facebook and the CorePurpose and OTEF Facebook pages , and Twitter’s tweets. Each of these is an opportunity to connect, engage, say hi or say thank you and each conversation strengthens relationships and can begin a journey towards a new opportunity.
It is also a season of hope.
For many, 2010 has brought times of frustration and worse, but now is the time to draw strength from the energy around us and take a look at the gifts that we have to work with. Our friends, our families, our co-workers, and our customers have also faced challenges this year. But at the end of the day, we are all still here. And being here we can take the energy and the camaraderie of the season and use it as fuel to move us all forward towards new opportunities in 2011.
Opportunities are like stars. There are millions of them out there. It is all a matter of which one we choose to reach for, to believe in and to work to achieve.
Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned….
I’ll be sharing more tips to help you get ready for 2011 throughout the month of December.
And for all of the friends who have visited here, chatted with me on Twitter, have worked along side me in projects, or just dropped me a line or made a call to say hello, THANK YOU and best wishes for a very happy and hopeful holiday season, a very Merry Christmas, and a 2011 filled with opportunities.
About the Joan:
An entrepreneur, author, speaker and corporate advisor, Joan Koerber-Walker’s journey has spanned from corporate America to entrepreneurship and non-profits, as well as into community leadership and into the halls of Washington D.C. To learn more about how CorePurpose and the CoreAlliance can help you grow your business or if you would like to receive a hi res version of “Opportunities are like stars…” for your home, your office or your team, you can contact her by clicking here.