49-52/2013 From better to good!
This issue brings an action-packed year to an end for us. Let’s be honest – it was a transition year. The general situation for logisticians and transport operators only improved marginally and the economy’s great fly wheel continues to run well below its optimum speed. So what better moment than now to enter the Christmas period, when we traditionally take stock, reflect on the past and look to the future – and make some resolutions for the new year. It represents an opportunity to concoct a personal recipe for success. And perhaps entrepreneurial and personal resolutions aren’t that far removed from each other.
Making new year’s resolutions doesn’t have to be a hollow annual ritual, however. Motivation psychologists have established that five stages can lead you to your goal. They are, setting yourself attainable targets, anchoring your plans in your close circle of friends and family, taking interim stock of your success every now and then, developing a plan for the process involved, implementing the goals and being prepared to digest any setbacks that may occur. Before such a background for this process we at the ITJ are already pleased with the implementation of our resolutions this year, even if we don’t yet know what rewards we can expect therefrom. Luckily we have New Year’s Eve around the corner, when we can take critical stock and formulate our new resolutions for 2014. In this context I believe that the English poet Alexander Pope (1688–1744) hit the nail on the head. «Be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside.»
To help you «all around the world» make your way around the globe next year we have inserted a world map into this last issue of the year. With this present to you from the ITJ we wish you merry Christmas and a good start to the new year.