Reflections on the Past Year
Thank you Lord for another year. I always get a little excited at the beginning of a New Year. I think about all the things I want to do, and now I have a whole new year to do them. Unfortunately sometimes it’s often another whole new year to procrastinate and think about all that I wish and hope for. I know I’m not alone. This idea of making new years resolutions that last a minute is a problem many people share. Looking back on 2016, there are some things I planned to do that I can happily say I did them. Before I think about whether those accomplishments were enough I want to celebrate progress.
I’ve been telling myself to start a blog for years and in 2016 I finally did it. My blog is a stepping-stone for changing my thinking, instead of waiting for the “right” time or the “right” circumstances I just need to get started.
I launched my freelance copywriting website mercyjcopywriter.com. Also something I’ve wanted to do for years, but worry about being ready and if I had enough knowledge stopped me from moving forward.
Towards the end of the year I launched my first ecommerce website, another check off on my to do list.
I am pleased that I have been able to do these things, but if I have to name a New Year’s resolution for myself it’s to build, build, build and grow, grow, grow. I know it sounds vague, but sometimes I tend to accomplish something and than wallow in it for a while instead of building and growing on what I’ve started. The time spent wallowing or basking in it gives room for doubt and other insecurities that might creep up and halt any momentum I may have had.
I know this will take planning, organizing and a great amount of deep work. For every one thing I do, I need to have the next 3-5 steps planned out. That’s also a momentum killer, when you don’t know what’s next. My plan (I’m sharing for accountability reasons) hinges on one change in my overall behavior. Get up early. I like to sleep to the last minute, rush out the door, work all day, come home tired and unmotivated to accomplish anything. So I’ve decided I need to become an early riser and be productive before I go to work. Good news, I’m not just starting today. I’ve been doing it for a couple of weeks now and so far it’s been a satisfying experience. Getting up early and working on my to do list before I go to work has also surprisingly been energizing. So there it is the secret behind everything I plan to accomplish in 2017. Become an early bird.
I know you’ve heard the saying, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So getting up early is my “new” thing.
I’m looking forward to what this year will bring and I thank God for all the blessings he’s bestowed upon me and my family and friends, my life that I enjoy very much and that the best is yet to come.
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? How are you going to make this year different?