It’s a new year with new goals, new resolutions and new dreams. That’s how we are supposed to start every January right? We are supposed to look back at the previous year, grade it, and come up with a plan of how we are going to make this year even better! Then half way through the new year (if we are lucky to make it that far) most of us give up and go back to the average us. This is something I struggle with myself every day; being average. I don’t want to be just average.
If I were to look back at 2016 there’s not too much good I can say about it. The beginning of the year started off with a lot of loss for me personally. I was pretty much over 2016 in March after dealing with the loss of 2 grandparents and a high school friend, but I kept on going.
In June I lived about 3 miles away from the worse mass shooting in the country since 9-11. Working for a News station, I had to hear about the terror and pain for a lot longer than I wanted to. I couldn’t just turn off the TV. We were the TV. But we pushed through. And let’s not forget about all the other senseless acts of terror that happened this year around the world that we were forced to watch: Paris, Germany etc. Throw in the strangest election of my life time and I was just mentally exhausted at the end of 2016. It didn’t matter who you voted for, the whole election season was a mess. I think 2016 was mentally exhausting for most people and everyone was ready for a fresh start. I was ready for the end of the year, but that’s usually not like me.
If I had to pick my least favorite holiday, I would say it is New Years Eve. I compare it to saying goodbye. Most of the time saying goodbye is sort of a sad thing. So, New Years Eve is usually an emotional night for me (not a sobbing in the corner kind of night!) Don’t get me wrong, I’m just like everyone else having a good time on New Years Eve but, I’m also thinking about saying goodbye to everything that happened or didn’t happen that year. This is why it’s not my favorite holiday.
But this year I never felt so excited to see a year-end and start fresh.
So how am I going to make this year better? What is going to make this year any different? We all know there are going to be more attacks, more deaths and more tragic stories whether it be personal or national news. 2017 is pretty much set up to be exactly like 2016 and I personally need to do something for myself to make it better.
I know that resolutions don’t work for me. I try every year and I fail. So this year I came up with a different I idea that will hopefully keep me on track with my goals. This year instead of making all of these resolutions for myself I decided to come up with one word to focus on throughout the year. You see, I have all these goals and plans I want to accomplish and I may or may not accomplish them. But hopefully this one simple word will help me stay on track. Sounds crazy I know, but it seems to be working so far.
So what is this word? DISCIPLINE
I can be the QUEEN of slacking off! Sometimes I wonder if it’s a disease I have. Am I sick? All I want to do is sit on the couch when I get home from work. Well that’s not going to get me out of the rut that I feel like I am in and it’s not going to get me to grow and succeed so I need DISCIPLINE. I am hoping that when I don’t have the motivation or will power to want to do something that I have put as a goal of mine that I think of this word and it will get me back on track. I have made sure that my word of the year is visible all around me. I have it by my coffee maker to remind me first thing when I wake up. I have it in my planner that I look at everyday. I have it on a post-it note on my computer at work.
This is something new I’m trying. Who knows if it will work but it’s worth a try! I know this year I will come across many challenges and hopefully this keep me on my path to success. So I challenge you, what is your word for the year? Comment below!