What a year it’s been! As a society this year we’ve experienced numerous celebrity deaths, a bitter and divisive election and a Cubs World Series win. We’ve seen a record high stock market, record low unemployment and yet another Star Wars movie.  All of this is on top of personal triumphs and tragedies, wins and losses and ups and downs that have either made for a great year or one you’d rather forget. Either way, if you’re the same person today that you were when this year began, you’ve failed as a human being.

I don’t write a lot about the subject of motivation. I avoid the subject because I think there’s enough traffic in that space as it is and I’m not sure I’m qualified to motivate anyone as it’s enough of a job to motivate myself, but for just a moment, think about 2016. Was it the year you wanted? If the answer is yes, congratulations! You’ve built the confidence necessary to make 2017 even better. If your answer was no, Congratulations! You’ve learned the lessons necessary to make 2017 your year. You see, the only way you failed is if you didn’t try.

This year has been a mixed bag of emotions for me. I wrote on my birthday of the strange place I was finding myself, but I’ve also persisted forward to achieve new goals as I’ve left my others behind. It’s been a time of self-doubt but also self-discovery and I’ve never felt more excited about my future than I do right now. As I write my last post of the year, it’s my sincere hope that you feel the same way.

What a year it’s been indeed! Remember this moment because when you look back next year at this time the person you are today will be a shadow of the person you will have become. Don’t let up now, you’ve only 365 days to get there.

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