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As 2016 draws to a close, we will be bombarded in every media channel by retrospectives of 2016. In fact, they’ve already started and there are more appearing every day. These musical montages are designed to manipulate our sense of nostalgia, causing us to look in the mirror at the 365 days behind us and reflect on how we fit into the events of the year.

Instead of simply getting swept up in the nostalgia of “the year that was,” I urge you to examine how you responded to the challenges you faced, look for the lessons in your failures, and find inspirations in your successes as you look forward to “the year that will be.”

I also urge you to rethink your New Year’s Resolutions—not what they are, but how you approach them.

Start with a single step, no matter how small. It may be trite, but it’s true—even the longest (or highest) journey starts with a single step. Small steps quickly add up to big successes.

Don’t be afraid to stumble every once in a while. Nobody’s perfect. Everybody stumbles. Steady footing comes from practice and confidence. Even if you’re feeling super-confident, be careful about taking too many steps at once.

Change one behavior at a time, and let each changed behavior give you greater upward momentum.

It’s okay to accept, and ask for, help! Sharing your struggles with those facing similar challenges makes the journey less intimidating.

No one is saying that the new year won’t be daunting, but there’s a staircase leading to success. You just have to decide where it’s going, and what it’s going to look like!