I start this year with the same simple statement that I have made for the last several years:

“This year is going to be the best year of my life”

I say this now with no hesitation that 2012 was definitely my best year ever. It is a little awesome to look back upon all the amazing things that happened, and it brings a giant smile to my face.

Even though this sets an incredibly high benchmark for 2013, I am 100% confident that this year will be even better. How can I be so confident? The answer:

I am a scientist.

I have been performing experiments since I could walk, and the results of these experiments continuously make me a better. I remember one of my earliest experiments as if it just happened yesterday. I loved climbing trees as a kid. I started off small with the 10 ft. apple tree in my grandparents yard, then on to the 20ft pear tree. Clearly, those just weren’t big enough. I needed the ultimate challenge. I was going to climb to the top of the biggest tree i could find — a 50ft oak tree at my parents house. I was scared shitless, but I went up anyways. I look at that tree now with those tiny little limbs and realize how crazy I was, but the view from the top of that tree made me feel like I was on top of the world.

Side note: I feel like I have finally found a tree big enough in my profession life so that when I get to the top, the view is going to be quite amazing. That’s a story for another time.

Everything I do now is an experiment and I’m thirsty for answers…

I perform countless experiments in the name of improvement. Some are epic failures and some are great successes. Most are fun. All of them make me better.

My theme for 2013: keep experimenting.