The best is yet to come. I love this Frank Sinatra tune. I like it because it is a good love song. It is also a good mantra for life. The best is yet to come. Things may be good now, but that doesn’t mean that can’t get better. Maybe things are hard right now…the best is definitely yet to come. For 2020, this is how I am going approach the new year. This is also how I approach every day.

One of the cool things about writing my thoughts down over the years is it provides perspective. For years I have come to the beginning of a new year with the hope that ‘finally this year will be different’. I have looked at the beginning of the year as a fresh start. While it definitely can be, I have come a long way in my thinking regarding this. I have discovered that each moment holds the potential for something new. You don’t have to wait for the New Year. You have the power to choose on any day, not just New Year’s Day.

For the past few months I have been working on a few specific things…fitness, reading and writing. As I wrote in a previous post, I have been working to get my habits right around these things. As I continue to practice good habits in these areas, I am finding that it leads to building habits in other areas as well. It all started with the power I have to choose. I finally got tired of looking in the mirror and seeing my face, knowing I could be more.

Knowing you can be more and doing something about it is the difficult part. What more could I be? What did I need to do? How was I going to do it? Let’s look at this through the lens of New Years resolutions and see if we can spot the problem.

Lose Weight. Yes. That is one of the most common New Years resolutions out there. I have had that on my list several times. We all want to lose weight and finally feel our best…or just look good on the beach. How do we plan to lose weight? Sign up for a gym membership. Eat better. Avoid cookies. Can you see why this doesn’t work? None of what I have written in this paragraph is specific.

If it is important enough to write down on your list of resolutions, then it is important enough to make a plan. So, you want to lose weight? How is it really done? If you don’t know, there is this cool thing called Google. You can find out the information for yourself, or you can find someone who has already done it and see what they have to say. For me, I bought a fitness program and have been following it. Now I know that after I get my gym membership here are the exercies I have to do and on which day. When I go to eat every day, I know now what my calorie count and nutrition breakouts need to look like. I am no where near where I want to be, but moving from the general to the specific has me a lot further down the right path.

When you know what you want, you can make choices that support the goal you have identified. When you get specific about the goal, the choices that you make become clearer and much easier to make. It is a process and takes time. Any goal worth pursuing will.

There is greatness inside of you. There are amazing things that you are meant to do. What do you want? You have the power to choose. A mediocre life is not an acceptable choice. The best is yet to come. I choose to be the best I can be. I choose for 2020 to be a year of purpose. Will you join me?

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