As we begin another year, many of us get tied up in knots making resolutions-goals for the "new year" when maybe we should spend a little more time reflecting on what was or wasn't accomplished in the past year. How did your 2013 go? Did you do the things you planned to do? Did you stick to your resolutions and see them to fruition? Or were they simply pushed aside and forgotten as you found yourself too busy, too tired, or just disinterested?
Most likely, not all of your goals were met. But that doesn't mean you failed. When asked about all the times he failed in inventing the light bulb, Thomas Edison replied, "I never failed, I just found 3,000 ways not to make a light bulb."
Look at it this way. Your successes may not have been as great as you had hoped. But now the calendar has turned. We encourage you all start anew with those New Year's resolutions. But this time, put some real thought and effort into it. If your resolution is to get a raise or a promotion at work, or lose 10 pounds, don't just think it or say it, make a plan, write it down, make the effort. Then maybe when the calendar turns again and you ask yourself, did 2014 go as planned? Your answer will be "YES IT DID!"