Are you one of those who make New Year resolutions? Whether you embrace or eschew to concept, at some point each year it’s critically important to carry out some self-assessment, particularly on the professional front as it’s such a big part of our life. While it may be easier to coast along and believe everything happens for a reason, I do not personally subscribe to that philosophy as it releases us from taking ownership for our lives. We are our own masters, directors of our life’s performance. Have you crafted the life you want for yourself, or have you allowed completely random forces around you to shape your life? Sometimes we make poor choices for the right reasons. Sometimes we make great choices for the wrong reasons. One thing is constant: as humans we will make up the reasons to justify the actions and that is not always a good thing. Why? The risk is that we can lull ourselves into a dissatisfying complacency, ignoring our deeper selves and how to find or maintain profound meaning and connection in our lives. So when do you do the deep thinking about what you want out of life? I encourage you to take some time through the month of January to reflect on the past year and assess yourself honestly, set some goals for this next year. Support the goals with new plans, new ideas, and new thinking. Be creative, be fearless! To help with the process, here is a wonderful TED Talk by Ruth Chang: “How to make hard choices”. http://youtu.be/8GQZuzIdeQQ Good luck, Happy New Year and have an Amazing 2015!