Pulse January / February 2016 - Page 8

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @ISpaDoYou LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! International SPA Association W hen I think of welcoming the New Year, I think of the many “what ifs”—not to dwell on regrets but to remind me to take chances. What if you say yes to a new opportunity? What if you commit to losing weight and changing your diet? What if you start your own business? What if you leave a broken relationship? What if you let go of grudges? What if you live life with a sense of adventure? What if we fail to anticipate new consumer attitudes about health and fitness (read “Ask the Expert” on page 54)? What if we are unable to meet new MARION PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO In the spa world, the New Year may bring to light the usual uncertainties. consumer demands, such as cryotherapy, for fear of potential risks (read “Conversations” on page 24)? What if the competition edges us out by getting ahead with technology (read “On the Edge of Wellness Technology: Changing the World of Health and Fitness” on page 34)? What if we fail to identify potential leaders within our team and, in the process, lose them to competitors who are better at finding and nurturing future leaders (read “Next Generation: How to Spot Future Leaders” on page 42)? To be certain of the future, learn the lessons of the past as well as understand present indicators that could provide insights on how the future may evolve. Ask the all-too-important “what if” questions to give you the courage to envision the future. In the end, you only regret the chances you didn’t take. Be bold; take chances for tomorrow is never promised. —MAE MAÑACAP-JOHNSON, EDITOR @ISPAPULSEEDITOR #PulseEmoji Challenge DOMINO’S GAVE US AN IDEA. Borrowing their creative concept of using pizza emojis to place orders (read “Pulse Points” on page 14), we’re throwing our own #PulseEmoji Challenge. Using fun emojis, let us know on social media how you plan to kick-off your New Year for some fun conversations and a chance to win inspirational resources by New Harbinger Publications. As for Pulse, we plan to ring in 2016 with a bang! That’s right, we go big because we’re cool like that! 6 PULSE ■ January/February 2016 “In the end, you only regret the chances you didn’t take. Be bold; take chances for tomorrow is never promised.”