New York City, January 1, 2016. In the spirit of renewal, mindfulness and overall resolve, I started “The First Day” series last year. I find it a good reminder of where I was, where I wanted to be, and where I am now.

The first day of the new year is for me a day to stand still and look inward. To listen and see what I want to achieve in the new year, who I want to be and what I want to experience. It sets the direction for the entire year.

I used to be rather particular about what I did on the first day. I still am, but I moved the domain of my activities inside my mind. I came up with a list of new places I want to visit. I thought of work I would like to be doing. I imagined how I’d like to feel.

During my run yesterday, I saw a guy playing jazz at the corner of Montague and Clinton, in Brooklyn Heights. It seemed like a great way to send off the wonderful year of 2015. Contentedness, calmness and repose today seems like a great way to welcome a new year. Someone said, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Here’s to stepping out of it in 2016.

Strategy Executive. Author of “The Business of Aspiration.” Doctor of Sociology. Forbes’ one of The World’s Most Influential CMOs.

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