New Year, New Beginnings: 2014
[Photo from our last sunset walk for 2013!]
It’s a New Year. New Beginnings. The best thing about anything new is the feeling of having another chance with it. New car? “Sweet. I’ll keep it clean this time.” A new relationship? “I’ll be sure to always assume the best and give more than I receive.” A new job? “This time I’m going to ROCK.”
Fresh starts are fun. We’re all given them. What are you going to do with yours?
I believe that no matter how many times we’ve failed in our past new year’s resolutions, we still make them. Even subconsciously. Most of us want to “get better, do more.” Most of us want to become a better person. So here’s my take on this new year…
I’ve chosen a few words to be my ‘theme words’ this year. I’d like to continue a slow morphing change, and to become more of who God wants me to be.
1. Intentional: I’d like to be more intentional with my choices in all things — my personal life and with my business. Ultimately I’m not in control of all life will hand me, but I can take responsibility and do my best.
So far, I’ve got a little momentum already. I’m being very intentional with at least five minutes a day right now. I stop everything and practice Spanish (I’m using the app Dualingo. My intent in that goal is already in motion. Momentum. Key. I’ve not missed a single day of practice. It’s given me fantastic momentum going into the new year. I’d love to be fluent by the end of 2014. (Read: That’s one of my goals.)
2. Consistency. This is a tough one for me because I like to do whatever I want to do, when I want to.
I’d like to become more consistent in fitness and in waking up at the same time each day, generally.
3. Discipline. Without discipline, I can’t do one and two. I’d like this to filter into every area of my life. We just don’t know how much time we have and I want to make the most of it.
One way I’m building discipline into my life is having weekly goals. In September 2013, I started a group and had about 125 people join me. We have 4 goals we reach each week. They’re not hard, but they’re just challenging enough to keep a healthy perspective. We’re taking that momentum into 2014. You are welcome to join us.
If you’d like, I’d really enjoy hearing three “theme words” for your 2014! Write them in the comments below. By the way, I know this probably goes against all three theme words above, but I may change my theme words! I’m kind of just the type who likes to always have an “out.” Ha! Gotta allow flexibility for my imperfection…. <smile>
So no resolutions for me. Just theme words. That I may change. Ha! Move along if you wanted something more hardcore.
I’m VERY pumped about what God’s going to do in 2014. Just be open and willing, you’ll see him do above and beyond what you could ever imagine.
Cheers to a New Year, New Beginnings: 2014!
P.S. Here’s a video from our evening tonight, watching the last sunset of the year!