For me, 2016 was sort of like that kid’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, but with a twist.
I’m not going to lie to you: 2016 sucked from a financial perspective. I made about 1/3 the amount of money that I made in 2015. My business partner bought me out of our ad agency at the end of 2015. So, I figured my income would fall off, but not totally off a cliff! I began 2016 by establishing You, Improved so that I could return to what I love most and do best: writing.
Luckily, I don’t judge success and failure by finances. 2016 was a marvelous and highly successful year from all other perspectives. I talked about this earlier in 2016,
Americans, in particular, rate their success by the type of job they have, the income they produce, the cars they drive, the homes they own. You get the picture. But is that really success? Albert Einstein had this to say on the subject,
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
That was my primary focus in 2016. I tried to be the best husband, father, grandfather and friend that I could be. As I said in that previous post,
Here’s what I’d like people to say about me if asked. Harry is a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. You can count on him to help and support you, to really listen to you, and to tell you honestly what he thinks. He always does what he says he will do and he does it on time. He is happy with who he is and grateful for the blessings bestowed upon him. He’s not perfect by a longshot but he is working on it. To me, that’s a better measure of success than income and possessions.
I didn’t hit the mark every time but I feel pretty good about who I was in 2016.
There were some other 2016 goals as well.
I wrote 137 posts in 2016, finished my book, Get Glad, got it published in ebook and print, as well as recorded the audio version. I began an e-newsletter, which I have distributed more than 120 times in the past 12 months. I also got paid to ghostwrite a book, as well as write several blog posts.
I set a goal at the first of the year to run/walk 1,000 miles I put 1,006 miles in the books. I had a goal to lift weights twice per week in addition to my three times weekly runs. Nailed it!
I’m pretty well set up to hit some financial goals in 2017 but I’ll be trying not to lose my focus on my softer goals.
Let me recommend that you look at your life through this lens. What kind of person were you in 2016? Are you happy with that person? Tell me how you did in 2016. I’d like to know.