What are the risks you are going to take in 2014?
Five Risks and Opportunities That Are On My List – Love to see Yours!
In my view, this quote from Marianne Williams, author and spiritual leader, can never be repeated enough:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
What are the risks and opportunities that you are going to tackle in your life and career in 2014? Where are you going to “play big” this year? Where are you going to shine, and in so doing, allow others to shine?
Here is my New Year’s challenge to all: I will share the biggest, scariest and most exciting risks and opportunities that I see on my horizon for 2014, in exchange for hearing yours! Here is my list:
- I will be 64 years old – this is the age that will tick over for me on February 11, 2014, (media release!), in which I see both risk and opportunity. The risk l will be watching out for is discrimination known as “ageism”. To be honest, I can’t say that it has reared its ugly head yet, but it could. The opportunity of course is in proving that the label of ageism is not applicable. I have lots of energy, drive and passion for the work I do. Bring it on!
- I will learn something new s resolutions (long gone!), I committed to learning something new every month. That was a bit of an audacious goal but in keeping with point #1 above, I am forever curious and keen to learn new things. Many things are truly beyond me (figuring out social media, playing the fiddle) but I have taken on some new projects (see below) that will definitely stretch me and give me great learning opportunities. The risk lies in piling on too much on my plate but it was ever thus!
- I will get even better at what I do – I will not only learn new things, I will hone the skills I have. I will work to be as good a public speaker as my colleague Bill Baker, as great at building a business as my colleague Nancy MacKay, and as thoughtful and loving as my many friends. I will risk failure for the opportunity to improve.
- I will make a real contribution – it has become a cliché to say that you want to “give back”, but I do. The universe has given me a great life and it is my responsibility to make a contribution back. Here is the sad truth: I am a lousy volunteer – just as I am a lousy employee. I am much better at writing cheques – so I will write lots of them to causes that I believe in. I will also continue to meet with the young aspiring people who ask me for advice (for free) and I will connect every great person I know with anyone I think can help them. The risk: some people might take advantage of these contributions…but they will quickly be off the list!
- I will spend my time with people who nurture me and whom I can nurture – and forget the rest – lest that sound like a Facebook posting(!), let me explain that I know that I can risk agreeing to do things, be places and spend time with people who may not fit either category. My opportunity this year, at the ripe age of 64, is to be more selective about who I spend my time with.
Thank you for indulging me in reading about my 2014 risks and opportunities! Now I would like to hear yours. Please post your comment at the bottom of this page and I will contact you if you wish.
Who are you to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?! Have a great 2014!
- New Website– I have launched a new website at www.oglov.com that I hope is more informative, user-friendly and interactive. Check it out!
- Recent appointments:
- Oglov Business Development Inc is pleased to have been appointed by the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) for the Pacific North Coast to develop and implement a fundraising strategy. This important initiative is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia and 18 member First Nations and is planning for marine uses and long-term ocean health in four specific sub-regions: Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast and North Vancouver Island.
- Linda Oglov is now a Forum Chair (Vancouver) with MacKay CEO Forums, a company that provides results-oriented, professionally facilitated, peer learning groups for best managed companies and high performance executives. MacKay CEO Forums was founded in 1999 by Dr. Nancy MacKay after she saw first hand the power of peer learning in tackling the common issues and challenges that CEOs face. Check out www.mackayceoforums.com
- February 27, 2014 – Launch of Linda Oglov’s CEO Forum with MacKay CEO Forums. More info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- March 10, 2014 – Executive Storytelling Workshop, Calgary. Strategic storyteller Bill Baker and Linda Oglov team up to present this dynamic one day workshop designed to help you develop your professional stories and connect others to them. For information and to register: www.execstorytelling.com and watch for Vancouver and Toronto dates!