As I woke up this morning, following my regular routine of checking in on the world, I was saddened by one of the lead stories. The article was on 10 Easy to Keep Resolutions. As I think of the culture of our country, it just gives me more validation that people are just focused on easy and immediate. The only reward for that kind of thinking is a false sense of confidence. True self-confidence or self worth doesn't come from setting easy goals. You're only faking yourself out when you do that. Have you really accomplished anything when you set an "easy to reach" goal? Self worth comes from challenging yourself. It comes from getting out of your comfort zone. It comes from raising the bar on yourself and shooting for the moon!
The interesting part of this morning is that Kristine and I just finished setting 100 goals for 2013 and none of them were off the easy to reach list! The experience was exciting, and yet I feel the pressure of what we put on paper. I feel that way because I didn't write them down easily. They are written there to be accomplished! I believe people choose the easy goals because they are trying to push away the pressure that real, substantial goals put upon you. But realize, those pseudo, "easy" goals are just a mirage! You NEED the pressure to become great! It's only when you push yourself into new territory that you can accomplish what your heart truly desires.
The Militello family has decided to make 2013 our best year ever. How do I know this? I just made the decision! The choice is mine! I'm not trying to say I can choose to make my year great by wishing it so; I'm saying that no matter what comes my way I WILL make 2013 my best year ever through my effort, attitude and faith. James 4:13-16 says, Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
The Lord willing, 2013 will be our best year in RESULTS too! Regardless, I resolve to be my very best.
I am a blessed man to be around the LIFE Business community of people who are also striving for excellence. They help me keep the bar high on myself. I also have a mentor who expects the best from me. I hope you have a mentor who does the same for you.
I am ready for 2013, are you? If you're not, and don't know where to start, author Chris Brady has some excellent information on goal setting.
Get yourself ready and start writing down your goals! I'm excited to hear your goals and thoughts on what you're going to do to make your 2013 an amazing year! Please share.