Well for the last blog of the year, I could talk about thankfulness and gratitude. In fact it’s probably what I should talk about, but I’m not going to.

Instead I want to talk about RESOLVE.

As a verb Resolve means two things:

  1. Settle or find a solution to a problem, dispute or contentious matter.
  2. Decide FIRMLY on a course of action.

As a noun, it is the most common use of the word at the end of the year:

  1. A firm determination to do something

When the ball drops at midnight on New Year’s Eve to signify the start of a New Year, there will be millions of us making “resolutions”- firm determinations to do something. For a lot of us, they will be shallow or even unachievable. Maybe we will break that “firm determination” the next day.

Forgive me friends, if my year end sentiment isn’t filled with well wishes & thankfulness. But I just don’t want you to make resolutions about going to the gym, losing weight or making new friends. Instead I want to wish you the ability to have RESOLVE in 2018.

Resolve will not melt rocks, but it can scale them! – George Eliot

Show your work partners, your family, your friends your RESOLVE in 2018. Find solutions to problems regardless of the hardship that comes your way.

RESOLVE not to quit.

Make every day the very best, and do not let anyone get in your way. Use the disappointments of 2017 to transform those experiences into solutions.

As we move together through 2018, resolve to treating challenges as opportunities. Roll up your sleeves. Hard work keeps resolutions, not empty promises. Hard work = RESOLVE. 

So as we end this year 2017, whether it was a great year for you or one you wish you could have been better, RESOLVE to be the master of change rather than the victim of change.

Stay strong in your determination to be better tomorrow than you were today.

I wish you all a wonderful and prosperous New Year in 2018. But I also challenge you to compete against yourself. Strengthen your RESOLVE in 2018 so that you overcome adversity & get better each day.



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This is a list of blogs you just have to check out before 2018 starts again. They are our most popular, most loved & most read blog posts of 2017. And if you have missed any, here they are for your reference as the new year begins!

  1. 10 Characteristics of Good Problem Solvers 
    • Good problem solvers use a combination of intuition & logic to come up with their solutions. Use as much information as possible to come up with the BEST possible solutions. Here are ten characteristics for you to work on for 2018 to be the best problem solver you can!
  2. Are you Left Brained or Right Brained? Solve Problems w/ Data Visualization
    • Take a left brained/right brained quiz and see how it affects your ability to solve problems
  3. FEAR: Face Everything And RISE
    • FEAROur second installment of the CEO Connects the Dots series & it’s a great one. CEO, John Florio reflects on what being afraid, FEAR has taught him about success. It’s some great advice as we move into the new year.
  4. Do You Know Why we are Called 9DOTS? We Solve Problems
    • Are you seeing a general theme here?! Did you know 9DOTS is named after the answer to a puzzle? Click the link to see the puzzle & try to solve it!
  5. Just Show Up…EVERYDAY
    • Just Show UpThe first installment of CEO Connects the Dots & it is inspirational. JUST SHOW UP – it it means more than arriving to your desk every day at 8am. Yesterday’s bad day is a new chance to start again.
  6. Choose Your Attitude 
    • Life is 10% what happens to you & 90% how you react to it.
  7. 5 Ways Your Finance Team will Stay Competitive 
    • The world of finance, the job of accountant, the role of a CFO; mostly these are roles that are morphing into something completely different from what we consider the norm. Even with tons of changes, a great CFO wants to always stay competitive.
  8. Make 60,000x Faster with BOLD Data Visualization 
    • This article was pretty mind blowing. Did you know “The brain processes images 60,000 times faster than it does text.” ?? 
  9. LAW FIRMS. We Have the Tool to Help with Changes 
    • With tons of new technology, businesses booming & constant advancements, clients want lawyers to be more modern. This presents its own challenges for lawyers and law firms alike & we know how to help.
  10. Our Mission Statement
    • Okay, this isn’t a blog post, so I may be breaking the rules. But our mission statement is one of our MOST READ pages on our website & that’s because it perfectly defines who 9DOTS is.

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I was out over the Thanksgiving weekend doing some shopping. Needless to say, I wasn’t in the best frame of mind. Quite frankly, my attitude needed an adjustment. Instead of enjoying the hustle and bustle of people out doing their thing, the company of my wife, or the beautiful, crisp, November weather, I complained to myself about why we were there. I’m certain my body language was poor and even more certain that I had the Grinch’s puss on my face.

And then we walked into an old country store and I saw a rustic framed quote from Charles Swindoll:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

Wow! These were powerful words and they showed up for me to see, just in time. I’m certain my day would have degraded into something terrible and probably would have ended with a spat with my wife by the end.

Instead, I took charge of my attitude and changed my entire day.

I realized just how right Swindoll is. Every single day we have a choice. Happiness is a choice. Embrace a positive attitude and start the day differently than maybe what feels natural in that moment (like staying in your bad mood & being a Grinch through the holiday season).

As we head into the holiday season, there is no better time to choose your attitude. The stress will mount each day both in your personal and professional life as the year comes to an end. Recognize that life is going to happen, and we can’t stop it. Just reflect on what Chuck Swindoll teaches in his quote, 90% of life is HOW WE REACT. Let life happen, and make the conscious decision to be positive in reaction.

Choose a great attitude starting today & let’s finish the year strong!