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wrapping up the year

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
― C. JoyBell C.


Relax, reflect and look ahead

It’s close to the end of the year.  It’s time to wrap up projects, personal projects as  well as those professional projects.  How many of your goals did you achieve?

This is the time to get things done and prepare for a new set of objectives for 2016.   What did  you do this year?  What was remarkable about what you did?  Did you even notice how you were doing over the past year or did it just fly by in a blur?  What was the best part and what was the worst part?

It might have been an ugly year for you or it might have been the most spectacular year of your life, what did you learn?   What do you want to do to make 2016 better?

What do you want to accomplish before the year ends?

For many people the last two weeks in the year is a time to recover and just relax.  It is time to think about what is coming next and a time to start dreaming again.  For some people this year was a hard year, challenging them in so many ways.  Was your year challenging?  Was it something you wanted to forget?  If it was challenging then now is the time to just reflect and relax.  It is time to reset expectations and a time to forge a new dream.  What will you do?

What do you want next year to bring?   Are you ready to begin?


Great challenges

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon

People who often are great successes often face great challenges.

Challenge is what it takes to move beyond where you are today.  Challenge.  Without a consistent appropriate level of challenge we fail to move forward in our lives.  Challenge creates stress and stress opens us up to learning and learning leads to growth and growth leads to change and change is what allows us to be successful in any domain we choose to operate in.

What happens though is people walk away from challenge.   Many perceive challenge as a threat, a threat to the comfort of the status quo or a threat to self-esteem.

Some of the things that stop people from accepting or creating challenge in their life include:

1. No commitment to making a change

2. Lack the discipline to accept a challenge

3. Lack of encouragement from their peer group

4. Internal emotional blocks

5. No written goals

What challenges do you face?   What challenges are you backing away from?  How do you manage challenge?

“You’ve got to follow your passion.  You’ve got to figure out what it is you love–who you really are.  And have the courage to do that.  I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dream.”  Oprah Winfrey