A New Year

I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. It seems that every time I’ve made them in the past — and every time I’ve heard of someone else making them — the result is less than satisfactory. You tell yourself you’re going to do something — often something unrealistic or so demanding of yourself that you’re destined to fail. You set out motivated and excited to fulfill your resolution. Then you falter in some way, whether it’s missing a day at the gym or having a lazy day that results in your slipping in your ambitions. At that point motivation goes out the window. Suddenly the resolution seems hopeless, pointless. That one misstep results in a total dissolution of your resolution, and the rest of the year is spent feeling guilty.

Instead, I believe in New Year’s Goals. You evaluate where you are, and determine where you want to be. The year is spent reaching that destination. A new year, a fresh beginning. The perfect time to take a look at what you’ve done, where you’ve been, and where you want to go. And a goal is something to achieve, something to strive for — not something that is failed after a single misstep. You can spend the rest of the year planning and taking steps toward your goal. Bumps along the way? They’re to be expected. Motivation lacking? It can be rekindled without losing your focus or timeline.

So, that being said, I’ve once again decided to make renovations to my blog. I’ve decided to again separate my personal journey from the guidance I offer others. I don’t want my path to overshadow others’. But at the same time I’ve decided to make this the year that I take strides in my personal goals. I have a lot I want to do. I have high expectations of myself. And I have high hopes that I can reach my goals.

This weekend I plan to outline the goals I’ve set for myself. I’ve discussed some in the past, on A Life You Want, but that site will no longer have my personal journey on it, so I’ll be reiterating everything as it pertains to my current status and journey. Then I will be posting weekly updates to let you know how I’ve been faring on my path.

2015 was a challenging year. I hope 2016 proves to be more successful in terms of getting me where I want to be. I know I’m motivated. And I know I can make it happen. This will be my year. Care to join me?

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