A new year can feel like a fresh-smelling sheet just taken off a clothesline in a Swiss village.

Or it can feel big and daunting, like staring off the side of a big cliff.

However this new year shows up for you, before you put your head down and start working, I recommend anchoring yourself by answering a few questions:

Why do I want to create the things I want to create this year?

  • What concrete things will happen as a result  of investing my time and energy to build something new this year? Is it important to me? Is it important to my community? Is it important to the current state of the world?
  • Why me? What unique perspective or experience do I bring to this work? If I don’t have decades of experience or advanced degrees, do I care more than someone else? Will I work harder ...

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