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Goodbye 2015, Welcome 2016!
With whatever circumstances the soon-passing 2015 brought you, how much inspiration do you need to be grateful for the past year? The last time my family and I did our year end exercises (shared below) was towards the end of 2014 and I remember reading about an inspiring young man. Austin Hatch, nineteen years old at the time, played his first game for University of Michigan basketball in August of 2014 and received a standing ovation for the 3 minutes he played. What’s the big deal? Making the freshman squad at your school is not “rare” despite it being a great accomplishment.

Consider the circumstances… Austin was eight years old in 2003 when he lost his Mom, sister and brother, all of whom perished in a plane crash. He and his dad miraculously survived only to experience another plane crash in June of 2011, where Austin lost his Dad and stepmom. Austin experienced injuries so severe (brain trauma, broken bones, a punctured lung) that he was placed in a medically induced coma. When Austin was asked if he ever gave up his dream of playing basketball for Michigan he responded, “No, I can hear their voices in my head when I face a difficult situation. I can hear my dad guiding me. That is all I really strive to do, is just to honor him with my life. My Dad and Mom raised me to be an uncommon man”.

This past year some great people left us, many of them “uncommon men and women”. I know because I was blessed to be a part of their lives. One of them was my Mom, a hero among heroes as far as I’m concerned. We missed her this Thanksgiving, but due to the "True Wealth" she left behind, her experience assets, core assets, and contribution assets, she will never be forgotten.

Yes, I will say it after this inspiring story…SEASONS GREETINGS, Happy Hanukkah just passed, Merry Christmas and Kwanzaa coming soon! All of these seasonal holidays followed by the start of a NEW YEAR!

The holiday season can be busy, but is a wonderful time of the year if you make it that way. December can be a time of happiness and gratitude; a great time to reflect on 2015 either by yourself or in the company of friends and family. Each year I do a special exercise, both alone and with my family, that helps us reflect on the year and gain a better understanding of our gratitude. This exercise was pieced together from things I have learned from several mentors. This powerful exercise of answering questions in a written form has had a positive impact on my life and I am grateful for the opportunity to share it with you again this year, new and improved. Let’s begin!

Year in Review... Grab Your Notepad!
  • 10 great happenings from last year:
  • I am most proud of these three accomplishments from last year:
  • The three greatest lessons I’ve learned in the last year: 
  • Three personal improvements I have made in the past year:
  • If I could go back and do it again, I would do these three things differently last year:
  • The greatest outside influences (people, ideas, products, can be anything)  on me last year:
  • Smartest decision I made last year:
  • Biggest risk taken last year:
  • Most important relationship improved last year:
  • One word that best sums up last years’ experience:
  • Three things I need to do more of in the next year are:
  • Three things I need to stop doing altogether in the next year are:
  • Three amazing people in my life are:
  • Three great things about my home and where I live are:
  • Three great gifts of unique talent and skill I have are:
  • Three great gifts of knowledge and experience I have developed are:
  • Three ways I have experienced “luck” in my life are:
Each transition to a new year gives us the opportunity to reflect upon where we are at that time. As our lives progress I strongly believe that completing the exercise above can help all of my clients and their families lead an even more fulfilling life. I wish you and your families a happy holiday season; may we all be grateful for family, good friends, and happy days ahead.

Steve Goldbloom

“Whichever stage in life we are in right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”
~ Steve Jobs, 2011

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