American Dream: Ted Adler 2012 Part II

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Over the last few weeks, I have spoken to quite a few of our clients, most of whom have asked me a variation of the following questions:  What do you think 2012 will be like?  Will it be better than 2011?  I have invariably answered that 2012 will be better. 


The question that almost always follows is:  How do you know?  Obviously, I don’t know for sure.  But one thing I do know with certainty is that pessimism about the future can become self-fulfilling.  Winston Churchill, a leader who confronted challenges we can hardly imagine, said “A pessimist see the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” 


It can be difficult to be an optimist when the problems facing a family or a business appear to be overwhelming.  Problems are certainly challenges to overcome.  However, the real challenge is to succeed while at the same time maintaining the core values that have sustained all of us in the past and will sustain us in the future.  Our core values provide an anchor during times of change and uncertainty. 


Reager & Adler has, from the start, adhered to these core values: integrity, professionalism, compassion and teamwork.  They are not unique values.  However, striving to adhere to these values regardless of the challenges that confront us is central to both success and happiness.  They are the values that we must use to inform our daily lives and they are the values that we must insist upon from our elected leaders.


In his book Open Your Mind, Open your Life:  A Book of Eastern Wisdom, Mahatma Gandhi wrote: 


Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior.

Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior becomes your habits.

Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.


All of us at Reager & Adler believe that 2012 will be the best year ever.

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