This post was anonymously written as part of Blog Secret Santa. There's a list of all Secret Santa posts, including one written by John Bordeaux, on Santa's list of 2014 gift posts.

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

Don’t climb. Lift.

Last year John shared his story on the Rebels at Work (http://www.rebelsatwork.com/rebel-stories/john-bordeaux/) site, which I curate with Carmen Medina. His response to this question has stayed with me ever since. Don’t climb. Lift.

There’s so much professional and personal wisdom here, as only a deep thinker with rich life experiences like John can provide. It’s also a beautiful thought to contemplate during this holiday season.

If you’ve ever climbed mountains you know that things can get so hard that all your attention goes into just putting one foot in front of the other and hoping to God that you packed some Moleskin for the blister that’s starting to scream. You forget to look up and miss the red-tailed hawk and almost crush the Pink Lady Slippers peeking up under the pine trees. The climb becomes drudgery.

And then your husband comes over and gently puts his hand on the small of your back, giving you just enough encouragement that you rediscover your determination and optimism. You look up. Laugh. Tighten the straps of your pack and put your face up to the sun. You’re ready to keep going, but with a lightness that wasn’t there five minutes ago.

As we head into the New Year, whom can we lift in our work so that their climb feels more like an adventure than a death march?

And in what ways can we lift ourselves above the noisy clutter so that we are able to continue to emerging patterns?

John has written that every decision is a prediction.

The decision to lift rather than climb may predict just how far we will be able to go in achieving our goals in this coming New Year.

With optimism and lightness, Lois Kelly

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