This will be the last post of 2016 on this blog; I think it's time for a short break. It's also time for a bit of a breakdown of why I've lost confidence in the overall good of people, some introspection of myself to handle it, and some retrospection to help me move forward. As usual, the final blog post of the year is about me... and about this blog and my business.

The end to 2016

This is the year that I lost trust and confidence in society and the betterment of man... and woman. I've always believed in the best of people and said that in the end good things would win out; I was wrong. Not just in this country but in most countries around the world, this has been one of the worst years for decorum and people making truly informed decisions... and there's no one to blame but each other.

For my part, I almost quit social media; that's where my mind went. However, I knew that if I quit social media, I'd pretty much have to shut down my businesses as well, which includes my blogs. That's one of those "cut off my nose to spite my face" thoughts I had to get beyond because I knew there were other ways to cope.

My way... remove myself from the bad and the hate in the world and concentrate more on myself, my family and my career. Even if I don't trust people in general anymore and possibly question my patriotism, I still have some basic goals, which do involve the career I've created for myself.

I don't need the news to talk about leadership or diversity; I have life experiences and enough knowledge on this subject to last as long as I'm in the mood to continue doing it. The same with health care; the only news hospitals care about is what's going on with them and what I might be able to help them with.

I spent most of 2016 in a depressive state, mainly because of outside influences that have nothing to do with my daily life. Sure, I have some personal issues as it involves my mother's health condition, which I'm finally starting to be more proactive in dealing with, but that had less impact on my mindset than it should have.

In retrospect, I had some milestones this year. I celebrated my 11th year of blogging about leadership. I hit 1,300 posts on this blog and 1,700 on my other main blog. I also hit my 15th year of self employment and went to two conferences that had nothing to do with health care... the first ever for me. I also spoke to 3 groups this year, although I ended up writing about being a revenue cycle consultant instead of giving it as the presentation because there was a miscommunication with the person who booked me; it happens! lol

I did some nice things this year, had a few accomplishments... but I'm ending the year thinking more about reinventing both my business and my personal life; good thing I have my Franklin Planner.

What's coming for 2017? Specially I don't know; does anyone know for sure? I do have some things I'm planning on working on, but I think I'm going to hold most of those close to the vest for now. What I will say is that I'm expecting to do more in 2017 than I did in 2016. This means writing more, doing more videos, promoting myself more on social media and at local networking events and going all out to make this one of my best financial years ever. If I can keep my peace of mind, all's the better.

I want to feel more like the guy in the picture at the top right, not like the guy in the picture on this blog post. I've already started working towards that goal, as I'm in the process of redesigning my office for the first time in 10 years... with my wife's help of course. New office, new perspective, new goals, new demeanor... the skies the limit!

I invite you to come along as I leave 2016 behind... for good! It didn't happen; Just think of me as having a Pam moment and 2016 being Bobby Ewing (how's that for a reference?). Onward and upward; first star to the left and straight on till morning... I'll see you in 2017!