Aloha to all of you in 2007 my Ho‘ohana Community!
Ka lā hiki ola is the word for our language of intention; I am thrilled you are here to share this dawning of a new day with me, and with each other.
Our value for the month of January: Ka lā hiki ola
With every sunrise we get another shot, another fresh chance to be all we can possibly be. The sun may rise over some change that has occurred, but it still comes with a fresh new start, and the gift of more time. Therefore for me, Ka lā hiki ola has been a value of incredible promise and hope.
Ka lā hiki ola encourages us to make Pono today. Let go of yesterday. Give yourself hope for tomorrow. Live again, and live better ”“ start a new chapter going forward. However, knowing that tomorrow will always bring a new day, secure in the certainty of it, I encourage you to live in every moment, and have the attitude that today is it. Enjoy your present; relish the now. You will feel more alive. Trust in your instincts, trust in what you know and have learned, and trust in the person you are. Live the day to the fullest, and live it as your day.”
—From Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business. Begin on page 125 for more.
Mahalo for your patience for this month’s Ho‘ohana as I ease back from Ho‘omaha (my annual hiatus). My wish for you however, is that you haven’t waited for me and you’re up ahead with room to spare for when I catch up!
Goals and resolve, Projects and habits
I will begin every day, every hour, every conscious moment with my full intention. If I can do that, if I can just Begin, those goals will quickly be designed into my projects. In turn, my projects will begin to shape my work. Because of the pervasiveness with which work fills our days, that project-generated work will shape my habits. My new, good, proactively chosen habits. All starts by beginning with full intention; this is what Ho‘ohana is all about; I can shape work’s routine with the rhythm I want.
Ho‘ohana is work to thrive on. Better yet, you needn’t go it alone.
We “Go!” with Community!
As we’ve done in the past, I will continue to frame each month on Talking Story with a value from Managing with Aloha which helps guide and shape our intentions together as a community in support of each other, kākou. Kākou is the value of togetherness and inclusiveness, it is the “language of we.” Together we are stronger, better, more confident. We are a force to be reckoned with!
“Our Ho‘ohana” is what we call this to-be-reckoned-with force of our on-purpose intention as a community. We each create ripples in our own oceans of influence, and the mission of Talking Story is to give you a new value each month to propel the canoe in which you sail the Ho‘ohana of your own expression.
Ka lā hiki ola then, is a natural for us. It is a value underscoring beginning and starting with hope and optimism, and this “I just know” kind of knowledge and certainty that whatever goal you set your sights on holds great promise for you.
Those who have Managing with Aloha know that Ka lā hiki ola is actually the Epilogue of my book; the ending. This is not a contradiction, for we move from endings to new beginnings as constantly as we live and breathe. Each ending is the “On your mark. Get set” part of it, defining the marker of our new beginning, our new “Go!”-ing. As I end my book, I say,
“You have come to the final pages of my book. I wanted to leave you with Ka lā hiki ola because it shares the theme of going forward with hope, optimism, and confidence.
I believe in you. You can be a great manager: one who manages with Aloha. The world needs you.
Whoever you are, where ever you are, whatever business you are in, Imua! (go forward) and start today. I place my hope and my Aloha in you.
Ka lā hiki ola. It is the dawning of a new day, and it’s your day.
Make it your best one ever.”
The absolute glory that we are human beings means that we get to choose what we “Go!” forward with. In my mind, January’s gift is the expectation that we make our choices, and Begin.
However January is but one opportunity. Ka lā hiki ola is a value you live your whole life by.
Jump the gate; Be the one to start first
Earlier I wrote, “My wish for you however, is that you haven’t waited for me and you’re up ahead with room to spare for when I catch up!” As I return to the online presence of the Ho‘ohana Community after my hiatus, I see you have indeed begun! As I silently read some things on your blogs this past weekend of easing in, you’ve had me cheering for the January-fresh resolve you are displaying.
Don’t you feel great when you can say, “I’ve already started, and ”” because there’s always that “and.” Something has begun, and you’re creating your own near future. That’s right, near future. In Managing with Aloha I talk a bit about Ka lā hiki ola being the value of creativity, where fortunately, the highest level creativity is inspired by the new and unknown. Those options and choices you have? You create them.
As we get older, we find there isn’t really a starting gate in most of life. There are certain forces ”“ like January ”“ where there are a lot of others doing what we’re doing, but the truth of the matter is that we’re our own gate-keepers. The voices in our own heads are the ones firing the gun and yelling, “Go!”
Yes, there is much in store for us in 2007; it is Ka lā hiki ola. Thank you for being here as part of our Ho‘ohana Community, for it is a joy to be sailing my canoe in this fleet to be reckoned with.
Let’s Talk Story, shall we? Start, and tell us about your “and”—that something you’ve begun. We’re here to cheer you on, as we ho‘ohana together, kākou.
Go to the right hand column of www.managingwithaloha.com for this month’s pdf excerpt from MWA on Ka lā hiki ola; it will only be available there through January 31st.
Bloggers! If you intend to Ho‘ohana with us this year as part of the online presence of the Ho‘ohana Community let me know! I’ll start reading, and would love to add your blog’s link in the left column.
More food for thought on this month’s Ho‘ohana:
From the Talking Story archives on Ka lā hiki ola;
- August 2005: Ka lā hiki ola; The dawning of a new day
- December 2005: “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die.”
- August 2006: Disciplined Goals versus BHAGs