Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2012



“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss

This is just a quick note to wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year.  I hope you can make the most of the holiday, your way, in whatever scenario you may happen to be.

I know a lot of folks in some unfortunate scenarios, and I hope a few miracles come their way.

As you look back over this last year, remember the good stuff and carry it forward.  Let the rest go.  As you look to the future, dream big.  Make it bright.  Make it 3-D.   Maybe it means blowing the dust off an old dream and using a little spit and polish to spruce things up.   As you look to the present, savor your moments, and make your moments count.  Most importantly, remember that whatever you focus on expands, and that your attitude of gratitude will serve you well.  It’s how you recharge and renew and it’s where a great source of your personal power comes from.   It’s one of the best ways to get your groove on and find your mojo.

To make the most of the holidays, and to keep it simple, I’m focusing on three wins.  Or, to put it another way, I’m focusing on three experiences that I want to be able to look back on.  I’m sure I’ll adjust them as the story unfolds, but they give me a place to start, and a way to find my way forward, as the holiday season moves into full swing.

One thing to keep in mind is that whatever plans you may have for the holidays … life happens.  You have to roll with the punches, or make like a duck, and let it roll off your back.  It’s not what happens to you, but how you respond.  Sometimes your best response is sarcasm or a funny face, and that’s O.K.

As I gear up for the New Year, I’m keeping things simple.  I’m going to figure out three wins that I want for 2012, and I’m going to use 30 Day Improvement Sprints as my secret weapon to help pull them off.  Both of these are practices from my book, Getting Results the Agile Way.   I’ll also be giving out my book along my travels during the holidays to people that I hope to give a lift up or an extra edge in life.

I’m actually looking forward to January as a fresh start, and a new year.  I’m thinking of a theme for month.  I’ve got a lot of ideas, but one that keeps coming to mind is to do a 30 Day Improvement Sprint on self-awareness.  What better way to start off the new year right, and set the stage for success than mastering self-awareness.  I know a lot of tools and techniques here, and if I do this, I’ll be sure to share them with you.

If you haven’t already, be sure to grab my 30 Days of Getting Results free eBook, and be sure to read Getting Results the Agile Way (you can read it for free online.)  Be sure to share them with as many friends and family as possible.  It’s the best way I know to help you be the author of your life and write your story forward. And remember, it’s not about being THE best.  It’s about being YOUR best.  That’s all you can ask for, and that’s plenty in this lifetime.  It’s how you flourish.

Happy holidays and see you in the New Year!


  1. Love this, JD. I’d love to read your book. I’m signed up to your feedburner email updates but I don’t think I got a link for it. I’ll double check. Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year!

  2. Hi JD .. great round up post – focus on the future and how to achieve simple goals .. get rid of the dust and old .. think forward. Thanks – you too have a very happy season with the family and friends .. Happy Christmas and a very successful New Year and on into 2012 .. cheers Hilary

  3. Hello JD..wish u a merry christmas & prosperous new year..and hope u make more fans..really like and appreciate your work and have benefited from your advice..thanks again and enjoy your holidays

  4. JD – bless you for all the light and brightness you have spread into the world this year and every year. You turn the grey into colour, the empty into fulfilling, and the maybe into magnificent. Thank you for all you do!

    For me this Christmas I will take all the people who have been a constant strength and loving force into my life over the year(s) with me into 2012. You can’t go it alone, and alone I have never been because there has always been steps walking with me, arms holding on to me, and hearts adoring mine. There by the grace of God go I.

    May grace and pure delight be part of your Christmas and 2012. In peace!

  5. JD… Merry Christmas! Thank you for helping and showing the tools, insights and practices that have made me see my journey from a new perspective.

    Making things simple is something i have been trying to do… (a real challenge for me as i tend to over-process things hahaha).. glad to say i have been more successful this year than previous years. Life is great..:)

    God bless!

  6. Merry Christmas, JD! I just wanted to pop over and take a chance to express my gratitude for you! Being a guest blogger was a great gift to me and I have enjoyed our subsequent connection tremendously. You have been a blessing to my 2011.


  7. I agree with rolling with the punches, J.D. Great reminder. We never know what will happen just to expect the unexpected, and take it all in stride.

    And I agree with “letting it go” too. Always a gift to the letter-go-er.

    The 30-day improvement plan must be for US — because You, my good friend, need NO improving.

    All the best!!


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