“Change should be a friend. It should happen by plan, not by accident.” Philip Crosby (“Reflections on Quality”)

I hope you enjoyed yourself yesterday. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you had a very good day.

If you are back at work today, resist the urge to plunge in fully. If you curtailed your workload as I suggested on Wednesday, nobody will be expecting anything from you. Don’t make today a regular day. If you typically schedule eight hours of work, schedule only five or six.

Spend an extra hour relaxing and another hour thinking about the year that’s passed and the year that’s coming. On Monday, I’m going to ask you to begin making up your list of goals for 2004. Reviewing what you’ve accomplished this year — what felt good and what was disappointing — will make goal setting easier next week.

Make a mental list of those who have helped you succeed this year. And another list of people you’ve helped.

Ask yourself what you’d most like to accomplish in 2004. You don’t need to come to a definitive answer today. You are just trying to get your subconscious mind working on it.

If you have the opportunity, spend some time talking to friends and colleagues about their accomplishments and goals. This will give you good ideas and it may even deepen your relationships a bit.