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Here’s to You!

2015 is drawing to a close. That means it’s time to look back over the year and see just how much you’ve accomplished. Look over the projects you’ve completed, the places you’ve gone, the people you’ve met, and gain a better perspective on the year. You just might be surprised at just how much you’ve done and learned in 2015.

If that’s the case, congratulations! Take a moment to appreciate yourself and all the hard work you’ve done. Celebrating personal milestones is important to maintaining your drive and focus. Without the occasional pause for reflection and celebration, it’s all too easy to become worn down and feel like nothing is getting done. But you just looked over your past year, so you know that’s not the case. Take time for a serious celebration of your professional milestones, because you deserve it.

If you’re less than happy with all that you accomplished this last year, there’s a simple way to fix that.

Take some time to figure out what goals you’d like to accomplish in 2016. By taking time to focus on what you want to achieve and actually writing your goals down, you’re taking the first step toward succeeding at those goals.

Maybe 2015 wasn’t everything that you wanted it to be, but with clear, focused goals for 2016, you can help ensure that your work and personal pursuits will be more productive and fulfilling.

As you figure out your goals for 2016, make sure to add some fun and celebration to the mix. For example, you may already take time out of your schedule to focus on employee recognition, but you should also make time to recognize your own accomplishments throughout the year. Take time to celebrate you and appreciate the distance you’ve come. This kind of regular self-encouragement and self-love will help give you the energy and motivation you need to continue down your path.

Remember to also make gratitude part of your 2016 goals. Be grateful for what you have, where you are, and where you have yet to go. Making gratitude a habit in your daily life is shown to improve energy, motivation, determination, and overall mood. It will also spread to the people around you.

Whatever 2015 may have brought you and whatever your goals for 2016 may be, we hope you have a lot to celebrate today and every day to come.

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