New Year? What next?Posted: January 4, 2012
In August, I wrote a post about mid-year resolutions. I talked about why we shouldn’t wait until the end of the year to make resolutions. Since we are at the end of the year, I have to ask. How are those resolutions going? Did you succeed? Did you give up? Are you still working on them? If your resolutions are still active, great! Don’t give up.
To delve further in to resolutions, I’ve recently learned of a new movement about finishing resolutions. It was created by author and blogger, Jon Acuff and is spreading like wildfire via social networking. It’s called finish year and it’s basically a venture to get us to finish what we start. Here is a link to his blog. http://www.jonacuff.com/blog/. I’m not usually swept up by movements but I like where this is going.
Starting something is easy but finishing, well, not so much. Completed and successful resolutions are rare. The finish year plan asks that you pick a few things that you want to accomplish before the year is over. It doesn’t ask you to change your lifestyle completely. Most resolutions fail because we think we can make a 360 degree turn on our lifestyle in one day. That is too big of a chunk to take on. Take it slow. Piece by piece.
What is something you started that you haven’t finished? It could be something you started years ago. Did you meet your weight loss goals? Do it this year. Did you redecorate that spare bedroom? Do it this year. Did you run that half marathon? Do it this year.
I have a few things I want to finish this year. Here are a couple:
I want to learn basic Spanish. I don’t need to be fluent because that would take more than a year but I want to be able to have a conversation if the moment presents itself.
I want to blog twice a week. This is tough. I don’t see how people do it daily. But the reason I want to do it is because I love to write and the more I write the better I will be at it and improving my writing skills could lead to bigger writing endeavors.
One more thing. I want to take this finish year one step further. I would love to help someone else finish something this year. Do you know someone who has a dream? Someone who talks about it all the time but you never see them act on it? One of my goals this year is to finish assisting someone finish. Did that make sense? Let’s face it. We can’t do it all alone. We need each other. Imagine what we could do if we helped each other with our passions and dreams. The world would be a better place.
So what do you want to finish this year? Don’t make excuses, make time and finish.