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.

Man diving from a cliff into water

Photo by Carl Cerstrand

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

Is It Time To Let Off The Gas?

A lot of recent advice I’ve heard is that when you reach the end of the project, you’ve got to push hard. Probably harder than you’ve ever pushed before.

To be a success, you’ve got to give it your all. Push the pedal to the metal and floor it.

But could this line of thinking be wrong? Could it be it’s time to let off of the gas?

Blazing through the snow on a snowmobile

Image by Paul Williams

I got to thinking about this after a recent snowmobile accident I had. It was also my first time on a sled.

My friend was showing me the ropes. We were blazing through the snowmobile trails in the woods near his home.

Midway through the trip, we decided to head back for a quick repair on his snowmobile. Right before we arrived at his house, he made a beeline for a snowbank.

It’s Time To Jump

Your leadership journey will bring you to places you’ve never imagined. Choices will be placed in front of you. And you’ll have to make decisions.

The time will come when you’ll have to decide whether or not you’ll jump.

Last summer I was able to experience my first trip whitewater rafting. It was an amazing time in West Virginia. Good friends, a great guide, and a crazy storm made the trip memorable.

And there’s one more event during the trip that made it memorable. During a stop, we were offered the chance to climb to a ledge jutting over the river. From there, we could jump.

At river level, the ledge didn’t look high. Maybe 20 feet. As I ascended the rockface the ledge seemed to grow further and further away. Once I got to the ledge, it seemed I was over 100 feet in the air.

Why You Need A Guide

You’re constantly going through new experiences, struggles, and trials. Sometimes you’ll feel fear, frustration, anxiousness.

You may know where you want to go but you don’t know the path. Ever been there?

Whitewater Rafting

Image by David Berkowitz

I have. Multiple times.

Not knowing what the path holds. The dangers. The pain. The frustration.

We never know what’s coming on the new paths that we’re taking.

But others have gone before us. They’ve blazed a trail. They know the way!

If you’ve ever been whitewater rafting, you know this to be true.

You’re ushered onto a raft and set off into the rushing river. But you’re not alone.

The guide is on the back of the raft. He’s been on the river multiple times. He knows it like the back of his hand.

Preparing For My First 5K

I’m excited. In just over three weeks I’ll be running my first 5K. The run I’m participating in is called Run Thru The Rapids in Grand Rapids, MI. This race takes you through a beautiful park and along the Grand River.  The scenery along the course can be breathtaking.

I’ll be honest, I never thought this would be a possibility. Running always came off as painful and exhausting. It has been a long road but I’ve reached the point where I can run more than a 5K. Here are three challenges I had to overcome and how I managed to accomplish it.

 

Overcoming Shin Splints: When I began, this was a major issue. Five seconds out and my shins felt like that were shattering. After a few days I decided to change what I ran on. I went from running on pavement to trail running. Almost immediately the shin splints stopped and I got to enjoy the beautify of the woods and the enjoyment of a great run.