Happy New Year

Happy New Year! As 2014 draws to a close, we move into 2015 with anticipation and reflection. We can certainly learn from our past and should. We must be sure to see the positive take away in all that happens both in our personal lives and also in our business world. There is always something to be learned that we can apply moving forward. 

Often times we might have had the best of intentions but things just didn’t happen like we thought that they would. At that point, we have a choice to make, do we let it shut us down or will it motivate us to keep going? This quote caught my eye the other day, “Giving up on the goal because of a setback, is like slashing the other three tires because you got a flat.” There is a lot of wisdom in that little phrase. Be encouraged and even more determined when unforeseen things occur that shake –up the plan. Get back up, brush off and press on, one step closer to the goal!

Being intentional about learning from our life experiences is paramount to success. They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same ole thing and expecting different results! So if “different results” is what we’re looking for, then we have to make sure that our plans intentionally lead us in that direction. So with that being said, here is a question to consider as we turn the calendar year, did we take full advantage of all the opportunities we were given in 2014 or did we miss a few…or many?

It’s a new day, a fresh start and though we can’t change what has already happened, we can learn from it and be determined to make a difference within our own circle of influence. This is the time of year for hope…because of new beginnings, we have hope. There must be a willingness to press on and to entertain new opportunities with a can-do mindset!  I am grateful for the opportunity that I have as the new Chamber President. Established in 1945, our Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce is a business organization dedicated to furthering the interests of our Members. Our mission is to be a business advocate, a community partner, and an economic development stimulator. In accomplishing that task, I am looking forward to connecting and building relationships with our existing members as well as with those who are not yet part of the team. We can surely accomplish more together than we can individually. Toccoa-Stephens County is a great place to do business and an even greater place to do life!