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January 2nd, New Year's Resolutions

January 2nd, New Year’s Resolutions






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Happy New Year!

January 2nd, New Year's Resolutions

January 2nd is one of the most important days of the year for me, and one that is full of emotions, dreams, and reflections.

The older I get, the harder it is to stay up after midnight and function the next day, especially if there was a celebration in tow. That makes January 1st generally a blur, a day where I feel more but think less, until the morning of the 2nd.

January 2nd is a clarifying day as the New Year’s Eve fog clears and day two of our newly minted resolutions begins.

It’s an emotional day – where I deeply feel and recognize the vast expanse of time in my reality. I see it in my aging parents, myself, and my growing children.

I put myself in a space with these constructs wrapped around me and see how I feel. It often gets uncomfortable. But, it all sets in and moves me either toward or away from future actions.

Ringing in 2023 with the kids.

As I reflect on this stage of my life, I wonder what new version of myself am I creating? What reimagined self will emerge? And am I fully immersed in these moments or merely observing them. After all, my kids will never be 7, 5, 4 and 1 again. Am I doing the things at home that will allow me to enjoy my children as they are today? I need to be fully present and enjoying this time.

While January 1st may arrive with a hangover, January 2nd arrives with questions. Am I doing what I need to do at work? Am I being the leader the organization needs to achieve our goals? Where were my priorities throughout the past year? Where should they be starting now? Will I start a new challenge or streak? Is it time to start exercising? 

Even more questions: Who am I going to be? Who do I need to be consistently in order to become that person? How do I plan to set my priorities and vision for the new year, and once I have that vision, how will I keep it front and center? 

I recently turned 40 years young, and I realize now more than ever, that time is fleeting. I will never have more energy and youth than I do today. The time to take action is now. The time to be the person I want to be is now. I must not let another year slip by without making meaningful progress in my personal growth.

January 2nd, New Year's Resolutions

This year, I must be a great father, husband, and business owner. There is a list of things I must do as a result of these ambitions. There will be an equally long list of things I must give up to balance the equation.

Now, as January 3rd approaches, followed by the 4th, 5th, 6th, and the remainder of the year, I must remember the way I feel about the things for which I care most, and the person I need to be to get the things I want. Only then can I make meaningful changes in my search to be better.

Be well and God bless.


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