I tweeted this at the start of 2017:
Now, with around two weeks to go before the calendar flips to 2018, I’m sad to say that I really wasn't able to accomplish any of those goals. I did accomplish half of my book reading goal, but outside of that I didn't make much headway on any of the other objectives.
Which tells me, it's me.
Allow me to explain.
I'm my single worst enemy and biggest obstacle. Mostly, because complacency and the status quo are comfortable and safe. If you can maintain the status quo, it's a lot easier to keep things from getting any worse. Conversely, you also make sure things don't change for the better.
Which is why I'm the problem.
You see, I'm afraid to risk things because the possibility of failing is a lot scarier than the potential positives. And that needs to change. So, I'm going to be making some changes.
For one, I've completely redesigned my website. I really enjoy photography and taking photos and I hope to showcase more of it in the future. I'm also hoping to start selling prints of some of my favorite photographs (maybe). I've also archived my original site blog, and am starting over fresh. New blog, zero posts. It's always been a dream of mine to write and post more consistently and I hope a fresh start is the kick in the pants that I need to finally get going. I also want to SERIOUSLY get my digital marketing business, ELEVENSEVENTEEN (shameless plug) off the ground.
With that in mind, I'm going to kick off 2018 a little bit early by putting a new set of resolutions (I hate that word) for the new year to virtual paper. Some of the goals will be the same, but others will hopefully force me out of my comfort zone and help me grow.
Here we go:
- Read 1 book per month
- Pay off 30% of my debt
- Exercise 3x per week
- Build this blog into an income generator
- Sign 5 freelance clients
As I grow older, I find myself becoming more and more aware of my mortality (things are about to get weird) and the legacy I will one day leave behind. And the more I think about it, I simply want to be remembered as someone who lived life to the fullest, was happy, and made his family and loved ones proud.
It's time I start living my life in a way that helps me achieve that legacy and the goals I've set for myself.
Because the status quo kind of sucks.