I love etymology as some of you may know, which is probably one of the reasons I get so much enjoyment out of writing. The Written, better yet, the Spoken Word, is one of the most powerful tools in the history of the world. Think about it… How many times have you heard someone quote from the past and have that quote referenced over and over again?

The quote is most likely inspirational, encouraging, educational, philosophical, or religious. Either way, you look at it or listen to it spoken, it causes you to stop and think. There’s also another side to language and communication; a lighter side. Phrases that we’ve used for years and we have no idea what the origin is. Now, intuitively and taken in context, it’s easy to have an idea of what the phrase, “Get your ducks in a row” means. When you stop and think of the literal sense of the phrase, where did getting your ducks in a row possibly come from?

There are two likely origins. The first comes from playing the game of pool. A duck is a ball that’s in an easy position for a player to put into a pocket. Getting your ducks in a row here means getting all of your pool balls in position for you to win the game! A second possible origin comes from the visual of a mother duck leading her ducklings in an organized line for direction, safety, and not losing or leaving any of them behind.

Either way you slice it, the New Year is a great time to get your ducks in a row. Get your plans in place, get your team organized and in line, put your people in the right positions so that you have the best chance to WIN! If you don’t have your plan in place and ready to go, take out your calendar right NOW and block some time. If you start with a plan, you’ll be way ahead by the end of the first month and quarter vs. you without a plan in place.

Don’t wait; DO IT NOW! Don’t forget, without the word “DO,” nothing ever gets “DONE!”

If you’d like me to help coach and navigate your course, let’s jump on a call and see if it would be a good fit for us to work together. Happy 2022!

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