No One Way to New Year

I started this newsletter at the beginning of 2019 with a New Year’s post focusing on becoming over achieving.

In 2020, I shared the importance of reflecting before projecting

In 2021, I wrote about the power of asking better questions

This year, I don’t have a new take on New Year’s resolutions — but I do want to share some additional thoughts and ideas. We’re all different (thankfully!) — and maybe, one of these will resonate with you…

Begin with the end in mind. Stephen Covey popularized this idea in “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Know where you want to go and then plan + put in the work to get there. Having clarity over your vision is fuel for your motivational fire.

Just Begin. Get started. You may not know where a new opportunity will lead but have the courage to take the first step. Progress will come and goals will be realized. When I started writing, I had no idea where this newsletter would go (and still don’t), but I’m growing a community while improving my communication skills. I’ll take that and continue with it. Inspiration often follows action.

Progress over perfection. Don’t worry about the outcome. Don’t put so much pressure on achieving a particular goal. Focus on growth and the results will take care of themselves. 

Stay the course. Who says you must change on January 1st? Persistence is underrated. Consistency will set you apart. You got it going on? Keep on keeping on.

We overestimate what we can do in one year but underestimate what we can do in one decade. In a world with 24-7 updates on never-ending feeds of news/posts/tweets, one year can seem long. But maybe it’s too short of a vision for you. Dream big. Bigger than you can imagine. Then, start small.

40 days. Maybe one year is too far out (especially with how the last two years have gone). Commit to something for 40 days. Some experts say that’s more than enough time to establish a new habit. 40 is also a significant number in the Bible. Interestingly, I’ve attempted to read the Bible in one year multiple times, but I always failed. One January, however, I committed to reading the entire book in 40 days, and I finished on schedule. Who knows if it was coincidence or divine providence, but I went on to have my most successful basketball season.

The best is yet to come. Why not approach this next year with that type of belief?!

Keep looking up and blessings to you in 2022!

Trent


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