The year 2016 was a tough one for a lot of people. There was so much that was lost, and there were many times when it seemed like the world was going to end. With every passing month it felt as though the universe was trying to tear itself apart, but as the clocked finally counted down to zero signaling the New Year, many were sure that 2017 would be the year of new beginnings.
I began the year the way I always do— looking back on the goals that I set and achieved in the past year, thinking about what to strive for in the new one, and sipping water and Gatorade the morning of the first as if it were the elixir of life.
Last year I was lacing up my running shoes in the hopes of finishing a half marathon. I couldn’t possibly imagine actually finishing one without being dragged across in a stretcher, but I managed to complete my first half marathon race in Oregon with a group of extremely fit friends.
This year I plan on still lacing up my shoes, but I’m not setting any specific distance to achieve. Instead, I’m only worried about keeping to a schedule and finishing what I start.
I’ve noticed that I often times come up with some pretty cool ideas and amazing goals that I begin working on but may not always finish. I have accomplished some great things that I am proud of, such as the half marathon, my Bachelors and Masters degrees, and small consulting business that I have created on my own, but I just know that I could achieve so much more if I adopted a steady schedule and stuck to it.
I want to think about my goals realistically in the New Year, plan them out, and work on better time management. It’s a strange and simple resolution, but it may also be one of the harder resolutions that I have ever set for myself.