Happy January, everyone! It's a brand new month and a few days into the new year! It's always good to begin a new year with a plan. I'm not one to write out resolutions, but I do like to use the commencement of the year as a calibration point. What is it about new beginnings that always excites us? Perhaps it's the idea that the new year is a clean slate, an open opportunity, or the promise of potential to create it as we want it to become. I love the excitement of a year brimming with adventure and possibilities. With that said, here's a few things I'm keeping in mind for 2015.
1. Be intentional.
Distractions come in many forms, sometimes even in things that are inherently good, but challenge yourself to ask the questions that will help you decide if it is really worth your investment of time, resources, or emotions. Too often we can end up focusing on things that really aren't worthwhile, when instead, we should concentrate on what can actually benefit us. Be aware of how you use your time.
2. Choose quality over quantity.
This can be applied to many areas of life (at least for mine!). Instead of purchasing all kinds of things that aren't totally necessary, but were simply an impulse buy, choose to invest in things that will last. Do you really need that sale item? Just because it's a deal doesn't mean it's worth purchasing. The same principle can apply to relationships. Choose to invest your time with people who build you up, add value to your life, and encourage you to become a better person. It can be very easy to stay in a relationship or a friendship just for the sake of comfort, when in actuality, it isn't a healthy or beneficial investment of time and emotion. Instead of having a bunch of acquaintances to do activities with, build strong friendships. It is well worth it.
3. Push yourself to new limits.
One of the greatest feelings in life is the moment you're able to do something you didn't know or didn't think you could accomplish. A life well-lived means living outside your comfort zone. This year, challenge yourself to conquer a fear, try something you've been meaning to do, or set a new goal to work toward. Every time I have pushed myself to a new limit, the reward was always worth the pain of the hard work or effort that it took to get there. I'm often reminded of this concept when I go running. Each mile that I push through is not always easy, and there are definitely moments of discomfort along the way, but when I complete a run, or hit a new distance, the reward of accomplishment makes up for the process. This year, push through the pain to do something great!
What ever your goals and plans may be for 2015, I hope that you, too, will think about some ways to make this year your best one yet. It all begins with a choice, and it is certainly one worth choosing. This is your year; make it incredible!