Young girl in front of lemonade stand
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A New Year is like a snowfall. Everything is white and clean and then the mud and slush show up.

Your vehicle is covered with dirt, sand and whatever else is all over our roads.

Your personal year begins that same way.

Smooth sailing ahead until life comes along and installs those speed bumps we all experience.

Make Lemonade

I’m a big believer in making things happen — rather than letting things happen. The old saying, when life gives you lemons make lemonade, is not far off.

We always start the year off with positive thoughts and many of us make New Year’s Resolutions, which is another way of saying we’re planning to make lemonade.

We’re planning to make something happen, lose weight, save money, stop smoking, exercise more, or live a healthier lifestyle.

The problem is that over time we slip back into letting things happen rather than keeping those making things happen resolutions.

Life gets in the way. Stress happens. We become reactive rather than proactive in our lifestyle.

We give in to our old comfortable lifestyle that we know is not good for us.

We don’t reaffirm the resolution because that resolution was a failure.

A very bad batch of lemonade and no amount of sugar will make it taste better.

Maybe next year we’ll be able to overcome life’s speed bumps.

Some Final Thoughts

The biggest problem we all have is making it past those first few months.

That’s the length of time it takes before we start to see tangible, measurable results for our efforts and sacrifice.

The speed bumps look much smaller.

Twenty seventeen can be your year, or just another year of the same old thing. If you’re OK with that then more power to you.

But if you’re ready to squeeze a few lemons and make the necessary sacrifices to change your life then you might just have the best year ever.

Should I pass the sugar?

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