2012 was definitely brought in with a different flavour this year. Our son is now 5 1/2 months old and that changes everything. We rang in the new year at home watching some movies and just having some quality time with my family. When I think back to all the things I’ve done for New Year’s, I have no regrets and enjoyed those days, but I would never trade that in for what I have now. Having children elevates these kinds of experiences and its such a great feeling.
I love the first day of the New Year because its really a hard tangible “line in the sand” to start over. While success principals will teach us that we should be able to draw a line in the sand at any point in the year, the New Year is that pretty obvious line that anyone can get behind and I love that. Besides it’s a great way to kick the post-Christmas blue’s that I typically get.
In looking ahead you need to take a quick look back and reflect on the year that was. The things you did, the things you accomplished, and the things you set out to accomplish but didn’t. There is nothing wrong with not accomplishing things because that’s where you grow and learn and reset your goal for the next year. People who don’t understand success principals will look at you and say well you didn’t do that like you said you would. So? At least you get up and try again. A Chinese / Japanese proverb comes to mind – “Fall down 7 times, get up 8” It doesn’t say fall down 7 times and stay down, it says GET UP. That’s where successful people succeed and those not willing to “get up” fail. It’s proven many times but those who are successful in any type of industry.
So this year we will reset some of our goals that were missed and look forward to the new goals that we want to achieve. Our focus as always is to build a great life for our growing family and all decisions we make will be towards that focus. I’m excited for a lot of things but the largest is being debt free with cash in the bank so that we avoid the next downturn in the economy that is being predicted by credible sources. If anything has taught us over the last two years that’s to get as liquid as possible.
I hope that all of you out there reflect on the things that went on in 2011 and that you look forward to 2012 with anticipation that it will be the best year of your life. Whatever it is that you have set out, write it down, keep it in the forefront, put it on your fridge, whatever. You’ll be more likely to achieve them if you do so. All the best to you and yours in 2012!