Originally posted as the Publisher’s Letter in our January/February 2015 Outdoors & Sports edition of Times of the Islands
By Daniela E. Jaeger
Is it just me, or did 2014 make an exit with amazing speed? It’s hard to imagine that 2015 is already here and we have a clean slate—12 months to do with as we please—ahead of us.
Such a wonderful opportunity for fulfillment, excitement and enrichment should not be taken lightly. Think of it as a blank canvas awaiting your creation. And remember, closing the door on 2014 is followed by the new door of 2015 swinging open with a renewed vigor. Therefore, look back, even if briefly, to learn from your past and then forge forward. Here are some ideas to motivate you, ones that always seem to work for me:
- Set your own goals for the year. Actually writing things down can be a great motivator.
- Review any disappointments from last year, and see them as a chance to do better this year.
- Become more of a giver and less of a taker. It’s amazing how good you’ll feel.
- Nurture your closest personal relationships and reach out to the people you have thought about over the past year—and make a real effort to reconnect.
- Use every ounce of your talents, skills and knowledge to be the best person you possibly can be and use these gifts to benefit others as well. In fact, make it a habit to do this every day.
- Focus on your health by eating better, sleeping more and thinking positive with a real purpose.
- Learn a new language or add a new word to your vocabulary, discover a new hobby or take up the sport that your friends never imagined would hold any interest for you.
One of my best memories is when my husband, Friedrich, and I took “the plunge”—literally—out of an airplane. I have to admit that up until the second we were gently prodded out of the open door, I had wondered to myself: Just exactly what am I doing here? But, the second we were clear of the plane, I felt an almost surreal sense of achievement, pride and success. We had taken a figurative and literal leap of faith, and it felt amazing. All of the planning, anticipation, preparation and apprehension of our skydiving adventure paid off in huge dividends of accomplishment, self-satisfaction and exhilaration.
We knew we could do it, we did it, and it was done!
It’s an experience like this that not only adds an incredible jolt to life, but motivates you to reach other goals whether personal or professional. So next time you hesitate, for whatever reason, remember our leap of faith and go for it! The sky is not the limit, but only a new beginning.
Here’s another example of going for it. Back in the 1970s there were four women on Sanibel who had a goal. In the feature Pedaling the Path to Paradise, we tell the story of how these women started with an idea that resulted in the island’s highly successful shared use bicycle path. Thanks to their perseverance, thousands of people today enjoy Sanibel by riding this trail.
Another person who has indeed reached beyond the sky with his success is featured on page 18. Times of the Islands goes one-on-one with ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman. Read about his 35-year career covering the NFL and other national sports for the television network and how he made his way to our islands.
In closing, I want to challenge you to an earlier thought about adding a new word to your vocabulary. So here it is: hornswoggle. Can you really hornswoggle your way to success?
Daniela E. Jaeger is the publisher of TOTI Media, Inc.