Energized by a New Year!


The terrific thing about January 1 and a New Year is that it’s an opportunity for all of us to get “energized”.  A fresh new start for all of us!  While I’m not personally a big fan of ‘resolutions’ due to the fact they typically end up not being sustainable; I am a big fan of having  a “plan”.  Without a plan we all leave ourselves too exposed to external factors that impact our lives on a daily basis; too much ‘noise’; the end result of which is more of the same.  We all have heard of Einstein’s definition of insanity…  ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’.  Research has shown that those who plan achieve much better results.  If that is true, what is your personal plan for 2015?

We are all familiar with both the global economic challenges and the ones we face right here in the Maritimes.  Stagnant economies, declining and aging population, public debt that is way too high, rural migration to urban (yes this global trend is happening here too), and some of the highest taxation levels in all of Canada.  It’s a pretty steep hill from that perspective. But with a great attitude, a solid plan, and lots of hard work we can collectively change this trajectory. We can encourage new entrepreneurs to succeed, we can hire an immigrant and make them feel welcome, we can work smarter to improve productivity, we can volunteer to make our communities better, we can embrace change to create economic opportunities so our young people have a future they can see here, and together we can turn this situation around.

It will not happen overnight, and it will not happen without a plan.  I like this Einstein quote too… “the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”.

For 2015 I’m going to imagine a better future for the Maritimes, and I’m going to work my plan too!


Jim Mills
President & CEO
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