To Create 2017, Learn from 2016

dreamstime_xs_63165764Many people make New Year’s resolutions.  Many of those who make resolutions do not achieve them.

I think one reason is that many of us do not learn from the old year.  What did we do?  Why did we do it?  Did our decisions and actions achieve the results we wanted?  If not, what could we have done differently?  What worked, what didn’t?  What have we learned?

If you truly want to achieve your goals for 2017, I suggest you first think very strongly and clearly about 2016.  Use that knowledge to develop goals and plans for 2017.

May you learn from the old to create the new!

Fortune Cookies

dreamstime_xs_32912706I enjoy reading the fortunes in fortune cookies. Sometimes they contain a great deal of wisdom. These are two of my favorites:

“Don’t pursue happiness, create it.” I think we need to create everything we want in life, including happiness. If we chase happiness, we may or may not catch it. But if we create happiness, we will have it.

“Face any problem with dignity.” We may not be able to control what happens to us, but we always control how we react. I think reacting with dignity is a great idea. If we do, we may be preventing future problems. If nothing else, we have the satisfaction of knowing that we did face it with dignity.