2023: Turn a Good Year Into a GREAT Year!

Every Friday for nearly twelve years, I would have a phone appointment with my mentor. He was a pastor and a leader at one of the largest and most significant congregations in the US. He was also on a slow path to dying (well, aren’t we all?). You see, he had Leukemia. I observed from afar all of his chemotherapy treatments and how he still managed to show up week after week to minister, lead, and inspire others. Our conversations centered around his upcoming message and as time passed, I’d try to offer a few anecdotes, illustrations, and examples to assist him.

In one of our final conversations, he shared to me keys to being his best. I’d like to offer the same to you as we think about being our best and turning this year into our BEST year!

My mentor passed away on May 30th, 2003. He’s at peace but his legacy and influence have been imprinted in my heart and soul. Each year, I try to make it my best by slowing down, getting out, doing something, and getting better.

Here’s to your best year!


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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.