No matter what your 2013 was like, it's over. A blank slate, a new semester (yeah, I know, school = boos and hisses), and a chance to not just be better this year but for 2014 to be the first in a permanent line of best years of your life (no, can't promise a VH1 TV show based on your year, but we can give it a hell of a shot!). If you want it to be better, then it will. If you don't, then it won't. It's really that simple.
One of my most oft-repeated (always wanted to use that in a sentence, so 2014's off to a good start!) maxims is that if you don't like where you are, then stop taking the path that got you there. A lot of times we aim to make a new year better by "trying harder", but it's not enough just to try harder, because no matter how hard you try to accomplish something, you won't do it if you're doing it the wrong way. No one who succeeds ever says that they try; they actually get it done by doing it the right way. Square pegs don't fit in round holes regardless of how hard you try to force them in (as I learned in preschool and my mom had to buy a new block set for the class since I got a little, well, stubborn with that theory).
If you're willing to be honest with yourself, hell if you're even ABLE to be honest with yourself, and say that you want 2014 to be better than 2013, then you've got what it takes to make it be that way. Whether your 2013 was a fantastic run of love and promotions and happiness and other super-happy-fun-yay-OMG-w00t things, or if your 2013 was a real-life version of my 2013 Washington Redskins (still can't believe 3-13, wow), we always can make this year put 2013 to shame.
Isn't that the point, really? To improve and never be satisfied with what we have? Whether it's 5K times, points on a scoreboard, grades (boo and hiss, yeah, I know), the quality and quantity of time with your family, job position, or just being able to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and say, "I've got this!", better is always a possibility each minute of each day. That doesn't mean to not appreciate what's going right, but for you to do this because you genuinely believe that every single day can be the best day of your life, and there's nothing better than that (except the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that).
How fantastic would that be? Today could be the worst day of your 2014, the absolute worst. That doesn't mean that today sucks; that just means that every single day from here on out could be even better (I know, I know, I should've asked for a thesaurus on Black Friday, but maybe that's what this year is for?). Will you still have days that aren't your happiest? Sure, it'd be stupid to think that you'd never have a bad one, but it still won't be as "bad" as today simply because you know that it's just another step towards that soon-to-lose-its-title happiest day.
It starts today. Today is Day One. Reading this, taking charge of your life, and really putting your everything into making your everything better is how you make today into a Day Won. I'm not talking about making a half-hearted New Year's resolution to sign up for a gym membership and never actually go past January 4 (man, to be a gym owner today has to be like winning the lottery). I'm talking about every morning, every day doing your best to make it your best. You really can do it. You really can make your life wonderful.
So yeah, stop thinking about it because you've already done the hardest part. Shoot me an e-mail, give me a shout through this website, or give me a call. You've woken up this morning, you've read this and want to make your life what you want it to be, and now it's just time to get started. Do step one and you're as good as done.
This is Day One. You've even just given what I've said a thought, and that makes it a Day Won. Now go give me a buzz. It'll make it Day Wonderful.