New Year’s Intention

In reflecting back on 2013, I am truly grateful for the journey I have taken. It began in late January of last year that I made the resolve on my 41st birthday to make a number of significant changes and begin to create the best year of my life. The first decision I made was to leave a consulting project that I had been on for more than 2 1/2 years in Sacramento and take at least six months off to follow a dream.

I succeeded in taking off 7 1/2 months before accepting a new consulting project with one of my biggest clients, Microsoft. Over the course of that time period I focused on my life purpose and passion. I did things that filled me with joy and traveled to places I had never been. I spent time with friends and family developing new connections and deeper connections with those around me. I worked on projects related to some of my other business ventures and coached individuals on breaking through barriers that stood in their way. I even found myself in a relationship with someone I love dearly.

But I experienced some stumbling blocks and emotional setbacks too. I continue to experience my own fears and barriers with moving forward on some of my goals. I went from achieving great success in getting into really great shape by mid-summer only to spend the past several months regressing with my diet and losing what I had gained.

As I look forward to 2014, my intention is to continue focusing on living my purpose and passion. I know that gratitude is the key to happiness and contentment so my intention is also to focus more on what I have than what I don’t have. Finally, my intention is to live with even greater love and service to others, helping them to achieve their dreams just as I have.

I really miss what my life was like during that extended sabbatical and I would love to experience that freedom again. I know that I can and will experience it some day but that it will take some patience and dedication to living for today in order to create the tomorrow that I desire.

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Chad Ryan is a management consultant and success coach with more than 20 years of experience helping to transform people and organizations. He's worked with some of the largest and most well-known companies and organizations in the world, along with numerous startups and small businesses. Developing creative ideas and implementing technology solutions that help people build, grow, and operate their business, is what Chad does best. He has guided many companies through massive changes with their workforce and has implemented new systems that enable them to work smarter, operate better, and increase their bottom line.

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