I have other goals, however, that are unobtainable within a year’s time. Some of my goals are decade goals, some are quarter and half-century goals, some are life long goals, and others extend beyond my life span. These goals take an infinite amount of building blocks, and I find that each year, I must review them and adjust my strategies.
The year 2015 was a good year for me, spiritually, personally and professionally. I lost ¼ of my body weight, set a new record within my primary business, designed and implemented a signature business product, founded a national nonprofit, and lived through and recovered from a second spinal surgery. Adding to these blessings, I have three lovely daughters and four beautiful grandchildren. I have an incredible husband who loves me and who from the day we were married, has supported me in all of my personal goals and business ventures. Thankfully, 2015 was not riddled with setbacks, but significant leaps forward.
I have always shared my goals with my children. I think it helps children to witness early on in life that one must consciously decide and direct their accomplishments. Observing a parent work through the grueling steps and building blocks of obtaining worthwhile goals helps them to understand that pain and setbacks are not failures, they are merely redirections toward ultimate success. Except for nearly 18 months of my adult life, I have been self-employed. My children have had ample opportunity to witness the tenacity it takes to accomplish personal and business goals. They have worked with me since their births. They have witnessed the planning, implementation, adjustments, sacrifices, strategies, stresses, and commitments it takes to accomplish worthwhile endeavors. They have learned that pain, frustration and disappointment motivate us toward positive improvement and ultimate success. Moreover, they have learned the essential value of composure, no matter how they feel or what they are experiencing.
In a review of 2015, I feel comfort and joy in the accomplishments of my children, my husband, my marriage, and my businesses. I look forward to 2016 and pray that the world, my country, my clients, my friends, and my family will experience joy and success; that comfort will be the blessing for those who mourn, and an open heart for God’s guiding influence in my actions, both personally and professionally.
If you have suffered loss this year, perhaps you might write resolutions aimed toward recovery. One or two goals to move you in a positive direction will redirect your pain and help you overcome the overwhelming sadness and loneliness that accompanies the loss of a loved one. Focusing on improving your health through exercise or reconnecting with trusted friends may serve to move you toward better days. May 2016 be a year of positive growth for you and for those you love.
My name is Tracy Renee Lee. I am the owner and Managing Funeral Director at Queen City Funeral Home in Queen City Texas. I am an author, syndicated columnist, and co-founder of Heaven Sent, Corp. I write books and weekly bereavement articles related to understanding and coping with grief. I am the American Funeral Director of the Year Runner-Up and recipient of the BBB’s Integrity Award. I deliver powerful messages and motivate audiences toward positive recovery. It is my life's work to comfort the bereaved and help them live on.
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