There's that old song I turn up whenever it's on the radio and the wisdom in one of the lines catches my attention everytime..."every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end".
So it is with each new year.
Did you know that just 8% of people who make New Years Resolutions end up meeting them?
I'll admit that my motif for 2015 kind of sucked. It was a great idea, but not terribly measurable. I don't think I set a resolution at all last year, and I think my year reflected that. Not that it was a bad year overall- I just didn't have a lot of focus.
2017, though, is off to a running start. Not only have I decided some important release dates ahead of time, I've also started working a consistent 3-day work week, thanks to a fabulous share of content care of Cailen Ascher.
Why 3 days?
3 days, because I have a family at home, and I need the focused time with all the distractions in my life. 3 days, because it allows me to have a couple of flex days each week that can be used to focus on household matters or allows me to rearrange work days if I need to. 3 days, because in those 3 days of solid, steady, consistent work I think I will find achievable, measurable gains. I'm really excited to have started my work week in spite of the fact that the kids are still home from school. It's early yet, but going really well. I can see the value.
My biggest challenge?
Discipline. It's so easy to skip like a stone across the water, flitting from this to that and never really making any progress. In fact, that defined a lot of my last year. A nugget of wisdom picked up from Cailen Ascher makes so much sense to me: "If it's not scheduled, it won't happen". I spent the last 3 weeks of 2016 deciding what my goals, deadlines, release dates, appointments and so on would be in 2017. I stumbled across the 3-day work week content share on December 28, and spent last Saturday sorting out what my schedule will look like. I'm excited and I think it's attainable.
What are your challenges?
What do you want from 2017? Make your goals measurable and attainable. It's easy to make a list a mile long but in reality it's hard to maintain that sort of momentum. Over the next week we'll talk about some possible goals relating to food and nutrition. I'll be here to help you start setting down your intentions. There's something about the new year that makes all of us a little more open to possibility.
Happy New Year, friends. You've got this!