January 2, 2013 at 6:07am
January 1, 2013
Almost all of us counted down in unison to the beginning of the 2013 calendar year.
Sometimes we look back and reflect, thinking, "What in the heck was I thinking? I didn't work hard enough to make ends meet, my significant other is mad at me, I didn't get into the school that I wanted. This year will probably be more of the same."
Other times, we look back and revel in our victories, "Wow, 2012 was a blast! I'm thrilled with this new house, my kids are doing well in school, and I love this job! This year is gonna be great!"
It's literally the first day of the year, and we're already missing the point of what New Year's Day: The idea of a clean slate. No, that speeding ticket won't get taken off of your record just because it's now 2013, though I do know someone who got out of a ticket because the officer wrote the wrong year on the ticket! (Funny story that I'll tell you when we meet).
For some reason, people believe that their new Justin Bieber, Audrey Hepburn, or Washington Redskins calendars (or the one that they gave you at school or work. I'm sure that it's nice, too!) mean that the past didn't happen, and fortunately that isn't true. All of those awkward steps on our path to living the lives that we want to live were still taken. Bad purchases were made (Ugh, did I *REALLY* need that Wii U?), hearts were broken, parents split, and people close to us left this world for another. The good things happened, too. You're still looking for that perfect job, you found an awesome place to live, or you finally graduated, or you found that special someone (or left the one who really wasn't; that's a victory just by itself).
So yes, it's a very GOOD thing that we don't get a clean start automatically, because we want to break out those calendars and start with today! Think about the goals that you have for yourself. New job? Less weight? More confidence? Finding "the one"? Well, look at your calendar. You did it. Just by reading these words, you have started that journey towards your goals. Mark that down on your calendar right now, because today is when "this year" begins! Every second is a brand new opportunity to make life what you want it to be.
The most important thing to do is to set realistic goals, and it's having realistic goals that will be the diference between looking back on this year as a success and looking back on it as a waste of time.
What are your goals? Do you want to smile more? Figure out how to save this relationship, or to figure out if saving it is the best choice in the first place? Do you want to fall asleep easily at night knowing that you're well on your way to making these accomplishments?
Well, I'd love to work with you to reach those goals, so give me a call, send me an e-mail, inbox me, text me, whatever, and let's get this year off to a great start!
Remember: Nobody said that it would be easy, but nobody said that you had to do it alone!