We all get a little nostalgic this time of year, reflecting on what happened and what is to be.  There is always a wonderful sense of optimism for a fresh start in the New Year.

Why do I say then that I don’t wish every success in the coming year?  It’s not that I don’t want to have successes and feel victory for an accomplishment but there is also a place for failures.  Adversity breeds drive and change, if you are willing to learn from the mistakes.  We can’t always win, that is just not how life is.  But, through the successes and failures, I learned a few lessons this year that have made all the difference in my life:

1. If you want better, you need to do better.  You and only you are in control of your destiny.  If you really want to lose those ten pounds but haven’t, time for a new approach.  How you react to things that happen, good and bad, will ultimately lead to your next evolution.

2. Small changes can quickly add up to big changes.  Small incremental changes in attitude, habits, organization, etc.  can make huge impacts in the long run.  You’ve heard of the phrase, “How to you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  Starting is the biggest key.

3. There is no end game, only the journey.  Literally, the sky is the limit!  Your potential is limitless and unmatched if you believe you can and always strive for better.  You are forever a work in progress.  If you feel you have accomplished everything you have set out to do, time to up the ante and create a new goal.

4.  Success has many levels.  Many of us think in terms of business success but there are so many other successes that make us whole.  Some are so small that you need to be paying attention to really appreciate them.  For instance, when your teenage kids do something selfless for someone else and you get to see it, it is a small success but a huge moment!

So here’s to wishing you success and failure, growth and presence in all that happens in 2016.  May 2016 be the best year yet! Pam