It’s January 1, 2015. Wait a second, where did 2014 go? Talk about gone in a blink of an eye.
So, it’s the first day of a new year, and as always, many of us will be making “resolutions;” vowing to be better, do more, change our habits. What is it about the new year that gets so many people wound up about change? What makes today different from yesterday, 2 days ago or even 2 years ago? You hear it all the time:
“I’m going to go to the gym more and get rid of this extra weight.”
“I’m going to read more books.”
“I’m going to get out of debt and FINALLY rid myself of all this worry and be financially free.”
“I’m going to be a better person.”
And so on and so on.
Hey, I’m no different. In fact, I’ve said all those things (and more) every year, and more often than not, by March, I’m back to my old habits. It’s not that I’m a bad person or I suck at resolutions. The fact is, I, and many others tend to lose focus. I can’t speak for anyone else, but there are times when I get scared, lazy, act the fool and follow the crowd. I know better than that. I know what I am supposed to do. If I want a better life, to lose weight, to get out of debt, and all the other things on my list, I need to CHANGE!!! That’s it and all there is to it. If I continue to do the same things I did last year (and the year before,) I’m going to be in the same spot I was last year (and the year before, etc.)
So, what does it take to change? It takes a driving force within me that’s so deep and profound that regardless of what’s going around me, I cannot stop!!! It’s like the Nike slogan says, “Just do it!!!” It certainly doesn’t take doing anything drastic. By just taking small steps every day, I’ll be that much closer to tackling all the things on my list and moving forward.
It’s the start that stops us.
Take blogging, for example. I love to write. I think I’m pretty good with expressing myself though words. Plus, I really, really enjoy writing. Yet, time and time again, I will get into a blogging groove, then just stop. It’s almost sad, when you think about it. What is wrong with me? Sometimes, I just need to smack myself in the head.
So, with this being a new day, and a new year, I am going to be that cliche and go for the change. I am challenging myself to do the things I said I would do and put my best foot forward. It’s going to be hard; I’m gonna wanna quit; some days I’m gonna cry and may even wanna smack somebody. But I owe it to my family, my kids, MYSELF to do the things I set out to do.
What do I have to lose? Nothing.
What do I have to gain? EVERYTHING!!!
It starts now. Onward to a better life and great things ahead.