Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe, fun, and rejuvenating holiday season! As you’ve noticed, I took a couple weeks off from blogging, and only occasionally posted to Facebook or Twitter. As much as I missed the opportunity to connect with you, it was a fantastic break that allowed me to take a step back and gear up for an exciting new year.
I love the fresh start that a new year brings.
Even though every day is an opportunity for us to take a fresh start, this is the time of year where we collectively look forward with the aspirations for change and the endless possibilities that this mental reboot can bring. Some of us may take this opportunity to make resolutions – and hope we make it through January without breaking them. Some of us set more generalized goals with the hope that they will guide us in our decision making. It’s likely many of us at least take a few minutes to reflect back on what the past year brought and think about what we want the new year to bring.
I sometimes get caught up in the newness of a new year and get overly excited to tackle something big. I jump in with both feet with the best of intentions and often over commit. This year that almost happened again (I thought of starting yet another blog to capture the goal of trying something new every day for a year). But I thankfully took a step back and let myself refocus on goals I already have so that I could commit to them more intelligently.
It also happens that I’m starting a new project at work this week and I’m mentally geared up and excited to take on the new challenges that will bring. I’ll have an opportunity to push myself in new ways and for that I am thankful.
But mostly over the past couple weeks I’ve looked back on the first couple months here at Real World BA. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned in such a short amount of time. I’ve tried a few things – some I will continue and some I won’t – and am excited to introduce some new ways to engage and provide support in the coming months. Sometimes taking a break gives you the honest perspective you need to continue – and this break definitely did that for me.
I am more committed than ever to helping the new(er) BA hit the ground running and provide a resource for them to turn to for a little mentoring and support. I will be introducing more ways to ask your questions and get them answered; to give you the tactical and practical techniques to be effective and successful; and to help you be a Real World BA™.
So throw your questions out there! Add them to the comments below, send me an email, post them to the Facebook page or even send me a message on Twitter. Whatever method you prefer to communicate, I want to help answer your questions.
Here’s to fresh starts and endless possibilities!