Not to be a party pooper, but I’m SO not a fan of New Year’s Eve. There. I said it. And, here’s a little secret: There are a LOT of people who don’t like New Year’s Eve. But, they live in the shadows because they’re afraid to admit their dislike of the holiday out of fear of not getting invited to parties they really don’t want to go to in the first place. So, if you’re reading this and thinking to yourself “OMG! That’s ME!!”–this post is dedicated to you, my friend.
New Year’s Eve is such a loaded holiday. There’s the pressure to party like it’s 1999–or whatever. And there’s also the pressure to act like you’re really enjoying partying like it’s 1999 when you’d really rather be curled up on the sofa in your comfy clothes binge watching something on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon. (For me, it’s Narcos on Netflix. FABULOUS!) But, most of all, there’s a ridiculous amount of pressure about making the upcoming year BETTER THAN EVERY FREAKIN’ YEAR THERE’S EVER BEEN. If that doesn’t bring you to your knees and cause just a tad bit of hyperventilation, then give me a call and tell me your secret.
Let me be clear: I’m a HUGE believer in setting goals and finding ways to achieve them. Yes, I have a vision board. And, yes, I’ve consumed ridiculous amounts of information about goal setting. But, what I don’t like is the idea that there’s a set day and time (namely New Year’s Day) that I’m expected to have to have my handy dandy list of New Year’s resolutions ready for primetime. Seriously???? But what if I’m not ready??? What if, during all of that partying like 1999, I failed to make my list? Or what if I forgot something? And how in the hell am I supposed to achieve all 42 of my resolutions–including running a marathon in under 2 hours, traveling to at least 10 new places all over the world, writing a best-selling novel, climbing Mt. Everest and bringing peace to the world–during the next 365 days? (Well, I do get one extra day since 2016 is a leap year–so 366 days.)
A New Year’s REVOLUTION
Truth be told, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I have in the past and have found them pretty useless. They end up just being a list of stuff. Not thought out. Not prioritized. Not things that I really and truly care enough about to want to work at consistently. And, based on the significant drop off in gym attendance after January, I’m guessing I’m not the only one with that problem. So, what’s the answer? Well, here’s mine:
Every day is New Year’s Day. You can set goals and map out how to achieve them ANY DAY YOU WANT TO DO IT.
Each day we wake up is a fresh start and an opportunity to take a lives in a direction that best suits us. Maybe January 1 is that day for you. Or maybe it’s April 21 or September 4. The day itself doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you set goals that will help you build the life you want for yourself and start working toward achieving them. There are a lot of gurus out there who are probably filling up your Inbox with emails about how to approach goal setting–particularly during this last week of the year. And I’m sure they have great solutions to offer. As for the advice I would offer, it’s pretty simple:
Set goals that:
1. Make you excited to get up every morning–not just the first few weeks of January.
2. Push you, but don’t overwhelm you.
3. Create the small and important steps that lead you to exactly the place in your life you want to be.
4. Manifest themselves in happiness, confidence, fulfillment and self-worth.
Then, rinse and repeat.
So, what are my goals (not resolutions) for 2016? To be honest, I’m still working on them. What I can tell you is that I have absolutely no desire to run a marathon in under two hours or in any length of time. And I also don’t have any plans to be climbing Mt. Everest. Now, writing a best-selling novel? Well, that certainly holds some interest for me. As does growing The Page-Turner Mission community and finding new ways to provide value to all of you. That sounds just right.
I’d love to hear what your goals are. So, if you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments!
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