Can you recall your most recent moment of truth? Maybe it was when you left for a run and were tempted to turn around and return home within the first 1/4 mile. No one was holding you accountable… except yourself. Or maybe you just crested Heartbreak Hill during the Boston Marathon and realized you didn’t train sufficiently to navigate the next 5 miles without a considerable physical and mental struggle.
It is during these times that we realize how strong and determined we are and where the greatest opportunities for growth and improvement are. Everyone knows that denial is a weak opponent of significant accomplishments. We begin to grow when we embrace the truth of the contribution we have made…to our training…to our friends…to our lives.
The New Year allows us to figuratively and, to some degree, literally wipe the slate clean and begin anew. Rather than begin the New Year with an idealistic view that you can make seismic changes in every aspect of your life, assess where you did well as well as where you fell short. Then establish realistic goals and develop a plan, with both short and long-term goals, that will lead you to the promised land.
Even the most motivated and capable set themselves up for failure and disappointment by setting too many unrealistic goals for the New Year. History is a great predictor of the future. If you don’t have the desire and discipline to commit to something today, it’s very unlikely January 1st will change that.
What is the most important thing you want to accomplish in 2015? I recommend focusing on just that, with an unprecedented degree of determination and discipline. You may realize how many other positive and significant things occur in the process.
Happy New Year…I hope it is filled with hope, great health and inspiration!