Making This Your Best Year Ever

This past year might have been a year full of struggles. You may have faced overwhelming business challenges. You may have gone through a relationship breakup. Or you might have lost your home due to reasons beyond your control.

Steps for making this your best year ever

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But maybe last year wasn’t so bad. Maybe it was one of your best years ever. You may have finally discovered what you were created to do. There may have been a fantastic job transition which changed your life. Or maybe you welcomed your first child into your family.

Whatever last year brought you, you still want more in this new year. Who doesn’t? We always want to make the future better for ourselves and for those around us.

Don’t be ashamed for wanting more or better. This desire is natural and okay. Your desire for better will drive you to do your best to achieve all that you desire.

New Year, New You

Don't stop transforming

For many, the new year means a new beginning… Until February. Studies show 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February.

This is discouraging news. Especially for those of us who set New Year’s resolutions.

You don't have to stay broken. You can become new

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You may have set a resolution to:

  • Lose 40 pounds by July
  • Learn a new craft or skill
  • Treat your family members with more respect
  • Start a new business

But by the second week of February, you’re feeling discouraged. The progress you thought you would have made by this point hasn’t been realized. You feel like a failure.

Why We Fail At New Year’s Resolutions

We get discouraged when we don’t see progress. We believe we should see extraordinary progress. Reality is you will see incremental progress.

5 Ways To Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever

Can you believe 2019 is just a few, short days away? Neither can I! This past year has flown by and I’m still trying to figure out where it went.

While 2018 was great for Pam and me, we never want to sit on our laurels. We always want to see bigger and better things for our lives and the lives of those we serve. That’s why I’ve been looking at ways to make 2019 my best year ever.

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What does that look like? Last year was already pretty epic. Some of the highlights from 2018 were:

  • We had our first trip to California
  • A job change increased my job satisfaction and take-home income
  • I ran my first marathon
  • We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary

Truth Matters

There’s a sad trend happening in the world today. Truth is becoming relative rather than absolute. What is true for one person is not true for another… Or so people are saying.

Don't let anyone blind you to the fact truth matters

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But because someone says truth is relative, does it make it so? No, and you know this.

Why Truth Is Truth

Look at the grass outside of your office window. What color is it? There’s typically only two answers to this question:

The grass is green.

The grass is brown.

One is a sign of healthy grass. The other is a sign of dead grass. Yet there’s typically only two colors of grass.

Now, if you looked out your window and saw a lawn full of green grass and someone told you the grass was pink, what would you do? You’d probably laugh. I know I would.

Why Your Attitude Matters More Than Anything Else

It’s already been a rough morning. Before you left for the office, you and the wife had an explosive argument. Top that with the kids were crying and you were late… Your morning is shot. Your attitude is too.

Attitude is important to leadership - Angry baby face on a blanket

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And that’s a major problem. Yes, the issues with your family are big problems too. Your family problems need to be fixed as well. However, when you bring a lousy attitude to the office, you’re bringing major problems with you.

Your Attitude Matters

As a leader, your attitude matters to your team. How you feel and the energy you exude will set the tone for your team members.

They see you down in the dumps and cranky, there’s a good chance they’re going to be as well. Your team will follow your example.