My daughter is a senior in high school this year - that means we are going through a lot of endings and the last time she'll do the things that she has loved: the last field hockey season, the last play, the last 24 hour relay. While those endings are sometimes sad, it really just means there is a whole world of beginnings waiting for her on the other side.

This applies to all of us, regardless of whether we work at a corporation or lead our own company. We are continuously met with endings - a client ending their engagement, a co-worker leaving for another job, getting laid off. Change isn't always easy, but it is a major part of business - and life. Staying still isn't an option. And really, what fun would that be. It's natural for us to look at these endings as a 'loss', but it's important for us to look at each ending as an opportunity.  For a new job, a new co-worker and friend, a new and more profitable client. 

As we approach the end of 2013, take a look back at the endings you had this year and what ended up happening as a result. Just as importantly, think about what new beginnings you want for 2014 and what you are going to do to make sure that you get them. It's good to remember and respect the past, but don't let it hold you back. Get ready to leap into your future.

Debbie Millin is President of UpperLevel Solutions – a Boston-based firm offering part-time and interim Chief Operating Officer services, operational assessments as a health check or as part of due diligence, and executive  
project leadership.



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