Reflections on the New Year

We're into the Holiday Season! I can't believe it's December already. How many of you feel that way, too? How does time passing always seem to surprise us? These thoughts caused me to pause and reflect. And December is certainly a great time for some perspective. 

2013 was a fairly terrible year for me. While I had the opportunity to begin 2 businesses that I feel are really my purpose, it's been a tough year. I'm really looking forward to 2014! While I know I'm not just going to wake up on January 1 with everything better/fixed/perfect, there is something refreshing about that new start. 

Why do we wait for January 1 to make or appreciate this new beginning? I know I'm guilty of it. But each day is a new day. Each day is an opportunity to take an action that will bring you closer to your goal. Each morning gives you a chance to say "Today, I'm going to be my best self." 

I think part of the reason we wait for January 1 is, it gives us time to prepare. The problem is, if you have a goal, and you wait to take action on it, that procrastination becomes habit with your goal. When you know you have a goal, start working towards it! You don't need to wait for a calendar or a time. Take steps forward immediately. Don't make procrastination part of your routine. Make action your default setting. 

Waiting for the New Year also gives us momentum and energy from others. It's easier to be encouraged to make a change and work towards it when the intentions and energies of those around you are also focused on change. We encourage and motivate each other. If you like the change energy that surrounds the New Year, try to create that energy in your life daily. Surround yourself with people who are working towards their goals. Be with people who encourage you and motivate you daily. Surround yourself with positive, goal-oriented energy every day of the year!

It's so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities and let the time just pass us by. And then we get here, to the holidays and December, and wonder where the year went. I don't want to live another year like that. 

I want to appreciate the moments, really LIVING in them. I want to take action every day that brings me closer to my goals. I want each day to be the start of a new year and a chance to become better.