I'm not one for New Year's resolutions but I do set goals and think the beginning of a new year is a great time to reset. 

This year I've laid out several detailed and ambitious goals. I won't list them on this blog but, at a very high level, I want to lead my team and career to the next stage of growth, get in better shape than I've ever been in my life, be a much better friend and travel to some wonderful places and do some wonderful things. 

For those of us with big goals and high expectations there's no shortage of big challenges this year. A crappy economy; a lack of time, energy and money; rapidly changing priorities and shifting markets. Many of us are hunkering down, waiting for the next shoe to drop. 
I can only imagine how Obama is feeling as he gets ready to take over. 
But it's in times like these when the greatest things happen. When the greatest people stand out. When the greatest progress is made. There's really no better time to step up, stand out from the crowd and lead the way. If Obama and I can do that in 2009, it'll be good year.