Today’s post is short and sweet to welcome in the new year with a few fresh thoughts. You may have noticed, it’s been a little quiet around here lately since things got crazy for the month of December. We bought a house, moved, hosted Christmas, and so much more, but we’ll get to all that over the days to come. I typically avoid cheesy and overly sentimental notes, but I still wanted to share my outlook on the new year in the hopes it helps and inspires some of you over the next few months.
- A Fresh Start as cliché as it is, turning the chapter on a new year is a great excuse to re-evaluate where you are and what you would like to change. No matter if the step is big or small, the time is now to move in the direction you want your life to go.
- Be Honest With Yourself I strongly believe we are our own worst enemy. Sometimes we beat ourselves up when it isn’t warranted and other times we make excuses for our behavior when we should be doing better. Most people will stress how important it is to honor your achievements, and although I agree, I think we tend to overdo it. Be completely honest with yourself about whether or not you are doing the best work you can be doing and being the best person you can be. I find that often we’re not, but we tend to blame outside factors for why we fall short of our goals. Your life is within your control, so own it.
- Don’t Sell Yourself Short I generally operate under the assumption that if someone else can do it, I can do it (with the exception of sports). Some days I forget it and others I choose to ignore it, but I do believe it. I am smart and hard-working enough to achieve what I want, so it’s all about making a choice to do something. This year I challenge you to be bold enough to make a choice to do whatever it is you want, need, or desire. Once you have made an honest (see above) commitment, there’s no reason you can’t obtain your goal.