On January 2nd I made a trip to Target and bought all the things I thought I needed for the new year. I’ve realized that I actually do this every year. I don’t know what it is about January 1, but when the new year begins, it brings with it the notion that we can have a fresh start. We can create new goals and succeed in them, and we can do it, we can achieve it, because it’s a new year. I don’t know about you, but for me after the first week or so the agenda book stops getting opened and the calendar I hung on the side of the fridge just becomes part of the furniture. I realized the reason why is that I always look at the calendar on my phone just like I have done every year before- so buying the paper version… well there’s just no point.
But what I finally realized this year, when I sat down and really thought about it, was that I actually didn’t need a fresh new agenda book or calendar to make me feel more organized or accomplished (although I can see why it is an important tool for a lot of people). I realized that if I have a goal, whatever it may be, it can start at any time and doesn’t necessarily require the purchase of additional organizational tools- especially if they’re not going to be of any use after a week or so! It involves dedication to the cause, commitment, and organization (yes – with the help of supplementary tools if you’re going to use them). The first step or leap towards the goal isn’t usually the hardest, I think it’s the commitment to continue consistently with that decision especially when life makes things difficult. Believe me, I’ve struggled with this a lot. Life just isn’t easy, and time is never on our side. BUT, if we make our goals realistic and most importantly attainable, with a positive mindset I really think we can achieve them.
This advice is as much for me as it is for you! And to be honest I’m not really sure where this post came from, but its just something I’ve been thinking about over the past few days, yes, probably because of the new year (I know). Anyway, I’m not going to sit here and write about my goals because of what interest is that to you? But I thought I would share my thoughts on the topic, especially because I can’t help but hear the phrases ‘fresh start’ and ‘new you’ at every stop and turn. It hasn’t even been two weeks and I’m getting a little sick of it already… There’s nothing wrong with the old you… really! But, if the new year has you thinking about areas in life you’d like to improve on and goals you’d like to achieve, then just make sure they’re realistic and attainable. That’s the advice I intend to follow anyhow… I’ll let you know at the end of the year if it works!