I love the start of the new year. In our culture it signifies a new beginning.
Many people start the year with New Years resolutions. Well meaning thoughts of how they can make this year different than the last. The challenge is creating lasting change. Some estimates show that over 40% of Americans make New Years resolutions, although a study from the University of Scranton suggests that only 8% achieve their New Years goals.
For many years I have tried to live my life by design. Over the next several weeks I will layout my system to see that I have the best ability to achieve the goals I set for myself. My concepts come from many different mentors. Some I have known personally, while some I have studied through books, audio tapes and seminars. One thing is for certain, it has all been good stuff.
I love the process of looking back at the previous year and all the things I accomplished. I look at memories that are really meaningful and that I want to hold on to for years to come. I’ve been very blessed to have many excellent years, and years that I learned a lot from.
Make a list of your victories, big or small, it doesn’t matter. They just need to be things that bring you a positive emotion. They may be relationships that you feel good about, progress you’ve made in the dojo, how things are going at work or at school, how you stand financially or even things you have done for yourself. If you have a hard time with this exercise I recommend you do it even more often. At the end of every month or even every week will help you to start feeling your accomplishments. Having lists of past accomplishments will help you start believing what is possible in the future. Don’t wait, take 15 minutes and put them all down on paper.