Every January 1st, most of make resolutions to better ourselves, in hopes that with a new year we all become a better person. Every January 2nd, most of those resolutions are broken for many reasons. I call them excuses, because if you want to make yourself a better person, there should be no reason you can’t change your ways.
However, we don’t need to wait until a the beginning of a new year in order to make those changes. We can start on any given day throughout the year. There should be no excuses. With 365 days in any given year, and 366 in a leap year like this year, you can start whenever you want and not look back.
Sure, life gets in the way. Roadblocks, lifestyle changes…we’ve all been there. But instead of giving up and saying “I’ll start over again next year”, why not start over the next day, or even the next week? Any given opportunity to un-pause where you stopped is a good thing. it tells the world that you won’t give in and that you’re not quitting, no matter the circumstances.
Why am I saying all of this? Because I’m guilty of doing this exact thing. I start to make myself into a better person and then I let things get in my way and I end up losing sight as to what my goals were.
No longer will that get in the way.
I’ve come up with a list of goals and I’m starting now with them. No longer will I use the excuse “I’ll start over again next year”, or “I need to think of another goal instead”. No, I need to make my list and I need to stick with it. I have to be more self-disciplined.
Starting today, I’ve come up with a list of goals I want to achieve by the end of the year. I know they can be done, because I started them before but never stuck to it.
Here’s what I want to do:
- Become more positive. It’s tough, especially when I have a strong opinion about stuff, but there’s no way to make it in the world by calling people out and being a complete asshole about it.
- Continue writing. I want to have at least one post per day on this site, and I also want to push myself to continue writing my little short story/book when I can.
- Quit drinking soft drinks/carbonated drinks. Whatever you call it, I need to give them up. It’s not the caffeine I’m addicted to, it’s the accessibility of the drinks that’s the problem. The sugar content alone should scare me off, let alone the medical implications that can arise from them.
- Become a better father. Not that I’m a bad one, but I need to have better patience with my kids. Every parent probably has this goal, and even if it sounds simple, it really isn’t when you have a daughter that’s 5 going on 15 and she’s only in Kindergarten.
- Focus. There isn’t just one thing I need to focus on, I just need to keep myself focused and not let anything get in my way. I’m sure everyone can benefit better if they just focused. Broad? Maybe, but it’s not easy to do.
That’s 5 things I need to do, and not in any particular order. There’s no one thing that needs to be accomplished first, but I would love to have made a huge improvement on all of them by the end of the year. I’ve already started on becoming more positive, and it’s already showing in how I post stuff online and how I react to topics presented to me.
If you’ve been putting anything off to turn your life around, you don’t need a set time or day to start. In the terms of Nike, “Just do it”.