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Taking Stock of Another Year on Earth

Self-reflection is the catalyst of change. – Unknown

One year ago, as we said goodbye to 2014 and welcomed 2015, I introduced The Passion Challenge 2015, writing:

If you want to seriously change up your personal and/or professional situation, and start living a passion-filled life, I propose a different set of New Year’s resolutions – three to be exact: be fierce, be fearless, be your own best friend.

I challenged you to move toward a life of passion in the New Year. And now, here we are, 365 days later – and it is time to reflect on 2015.

For me, 2015 proved to be a bridge to my decades-long dream of being a motivational speaker. I sowed the seeds day after day, week after week, month after month, to create a foundation for a seismic change in my life. On Jan. 4, 2016, this dream will become a reality.

Reflecting back on the past year, I did not meet some of my goals – including writing the elusive book that has been bubbling inside me for almost two decades. It’s still on my “to do” list. And I didn’t master social media as much as I wanted to in 2015.

But I never ceased being fierce. I continued to move courageously through my fear. And I always treated myself like my best friend.

It’s been a great year – filled with lots of love, laughter, family, friends, hard work, indulgences … and fortunately good health and no personal losses. For that I am grateful.

My theme for 2016 is two-fold: Don’t Settle and Leave It All On The Table.

Now I invite YOU to take some time this week to ask yourself:  Did I attack my goals fiercely? Did I move forward fearlessly? Did I make it a point to be my own best friend?

This is your life. This is your moment in the sun. Don’t squander it in mediocrity. Don’t waste it away by wallowing in fear and a lack of self-confidence. You possess all the gifts you need to maximize this beautiful life.

Make 2016 COUNT. Make every day COUNT.

Use this moment of self-reflection as a true catalyst for change.

Happy New Year and Happy 2016.  

And we’ll see you at January 4, 2016.

Dr. Lori Baker-Schena is the founder and chief executive officer of Baker Schena Communications, a firm dedicated to “Unleashing Your Potential Through the Power of Words.” We offer motivational speaking, leadership consulting and medical writing services. Find us at