Dear GW-CEPL Alumni and Friends, 

Happy New Year! Hoping 2018 is your best year yet for you, your family, and friends. We all are probably too familiar with the sometimes frustrating cycle of making new year's resolutions and, then, breaking them...sometimes in very creative ways. This cycle can be so frustrating and worse discouraging. The greatest downside is that we can begin to lose trust in ourselves and in our ability to keep the promises we have made to ourselves. Nevertheless, I would like to remind you that it is OK to have aspirations. In fact, it is important for us to dare to aspire to being even better versions of our already wonderful selves. 

My suggestion is that, instead of just focusing on the ultimate achievement of a big goal, you identify seemingly very small actions that you can take right now that will move you toward your goal. Then, as you complete these micro-actions, celebrate them. Why? Because you are building momentum, affirming your vision, and building trust in yourself. So take those baby steps and joyously celebrate each victory, remembering that what you aspire to inspires you right back.

James Robinson,
Executive Director 
GW-Center for Excellence in Public Leadership