Nelson Clyde's Is It Just Me Column: A New Year means it is time for a new theme

Published on Friday, 29 December 2017 18:44 - Written by NELSON CLYDE, isitjustme@tylerpaper.com

My theme for 2018 is Thrive.

The definition of Thrive according to Merriam-Webster is:thrived or throve play ˈthrōv; thrived also thriven play ˈthri-vən; thriving play ˈthrī-viŋ

Intransitive verb

1: to grow vigorously: flourish

2: to gain in wealth or possessions: prosper

3: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances -often used with on

This energizes me for many reasons:

It is a contrast to the notion of simply surviving.It implies effort, willpower and determination.It suggests an upgrade from existing circumstances whether they currently live in average or good practices.It conjures images of moving forward in my mind’s eye.It is a response rather than a reaction.It is a state of mind or being rather than a destination I must constantly pursue.It is indicative of progress.It may be moderate, unrestrained or contagious.Its impact may be in one place or ripple across many.It is growth.

What makes it even more special is it was a gift from a friend who had no idea it inspired me.

As you contemplate a resolution, theme or mantra this year, remember the admonition of management guru Peter Drucker: "If you have more than five goals you have none.”

Also remember if you have unfinished business from last year there is nothing wrong with carrying into the New Year. Don’t flog yourself so much for not getting it done last year that you don’t get it done in the New Year.

Be hopeful and optimistic about your aspirations and test them with trusted friends and advisers.

Sometimes the most unexpected things happen when you don’t place limits on your perspective.

With every best wish as you begin your new year.

Happy New Year.