Someone once said, “When it rains it pours,” and I must tell you, that does happen sometimes. But as Joan Marques adds, “Maybe the art of life is to convert tough times to great experiences — we can choose to hate the rain or dance in it.” Or, as I say, just be prepared for it.
Sometimes we don’t like the cards we are dealt, and often times we don’t deserve them. But how are we going to play them? Do you have your strategy prepared? We all struggle in different ways, whether financially, emotionally, physically or otherwise. There are tragedies and triumphs in all of our lives, but how do we make lemonade out of lemons?
That should be our focus for 2012. We’ve all made mistakes in 2011. We can look back and dwell on them, or we can learn from them, move forward, and use them as a chance at a fresh start and a new beginning.
Take advantage of this New Year by tapping into your inner self and focusing in on who you are and what you want to accomplish. As Steve Jobs once said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Too often we get sucked into doing things and being in certain careers because someone else wanted us to do so. If you are always living someone else’s life you will never feel satisfied.
On that same note, sometimes we feel like we are living the life we should be and are on the right path, but then a curve ball is thrown and we have to take a detour. A door can close and a road can come to an end unexpectedly, but if you stay focused, remain positive and keep moving, other doors will surely open up. And you know what? Most times it’s a blessing in disguise, so really try to look for the positive in all of your experiences, even the most difficult to understand. Writing my “Whitney’s Radar” column for the Atlantic City Weekly over the past two-and-a-half years has been a humbling experience, and something that I will always deeply appreciate. Throughout the years, my connection with the readers of this column has strengthened and I found that, although my words are limited, they still have a tremendous effect on many people in our local area and beyond.
The amount of readers that have confided in me and looked up to me is priceless and I feel blessed to have made a difference in the lives of such a diverse community. I personally thank each and every one of you for all of your kind words and wisdom and I wish all of you much success in pursuing your passions.
We are all unique with our ideas and goals, but one can agree that with the right strategy and perseverance we all have the opportunity to shine. Today’s society puts a lot of pressure on being successful and wealthy. However, don’t lose site of the fact that our true wealth is having our health, spending time with family, knowing love, and living life to the fullest. As for success, I love to define it in a way I learned years ago at an E-women network conference: “Success is when you find a way to fit in and stand out at the same time.”
No matter how many ingredients it takes to make your perfect lemonade, and no matter how many tries before it goes sour, you learn along the way what to add or take out in order to have that perfect concoction. As long as you take one step at a time you’ll be at a great pace to achieve your desired outcome.
This year, make it a priority to take opportunities as they present themselves and be open to learning and growing both personally and professionally. The right balance of strength, confidence, persistence and growth will go a long way.
Have a safe, happy and most important healthy new year and may all of your dreams come true!
Whitney Ullman dishes out advice on various topics related to networking, dating, current affairs, shopping, events and more. She is the Founder of GoToWhitney.com.
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.