2016 is coming to a close, and we find ourselves standing at the precipice of a field of beautiful, raw, untapped potential – a fresh year, a chance to begin again, a chance to travel further on our paths or set off in a new direction.
It’s common to see many people talk about what they’re going to do around about this time of year. It’s a time for setting new goals and reviewing the year that has just been, and measuring ourselves against the goals we set last year.
I’ve always set myself goals at the end of the year. Sometimes I’ve achieved them, and sometimes I have failed. I don’t like to dwell on the past too much because it’s been and gone, but where I do fail, I extract the lessons, digest them, and move on.
This year I’m going to try a different approach, and I invite you to join me. This year I’m going to cast traditional goals aside, and instead focus on living from a single principle – to be better.
That’s my goal this year. I’m going to be better. I’m going to be a better runner, a better businessman, a better student, a better father, husband, a better son, and a better human being. I’m simply going to grow, but rather than determine in what direction I’m going to grow, I’m going to let go and let life guide me, but I’m going to make every single decision by answering the question – will saying yes lead to me being better as a result?
Rather than doggedly hold onto the reins and attempt to force life where I want it to go, I’m going to steadfastly make efforts to make certain outcomes happen, but I’m also going go where life takes me. I’m going to live by the principle “Let go, give in, take the journey, and grow”. This is a different approach to what I usually take, and I’m excited to see what type of year I have as a result
Making the commitment to be better in 2017 is the single most important thing you can do to make this the best year you have ever had. You can still set goals, if you want, and you can still work diligently to move in the direction of your dreams, but none of that will be as effective as it would be if you just determined that no matter what, you will be better than you were in 2016.
It’s so simple it could easily be missed or overlooked, but it’s an absolutely vital head space to get yourself into. The truth is, nobody can tell what a year will bring because nobody has a crystal ball and nobody can say for sure that every single thing they set out to do will happen, but what we can control and predict is that we will live by our principles, and one of those can be to let every single thing you encounter leave you better than you were before.
I wish you all a happy, prosperous, and better 2017.
Desire. Decide. Persist.