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I hope and pray that each of you reading this email will see another new year, to that end….another new day every day for 100 years. There is another New Year on the horizon (2019) and many people have the same internal and external conversations about what changes will be made in their life in the upcoming New Year.

Are you having the SAME conversation this year as you did last year and the year before? And the year before, and the year before….and so on? If so, let’s commit to this New Year being the last year for the SAME conversation. Because, this New Year will be the year that you stick to and accomplish your goals, so the next New Year (2020) you can make new goals and have new conversations.

Check out my post: Does a New Year = Change for you?. In this post, I discuss the importance of having an attachment to your “why”. While I still think this concept holds true, I think on a stronger level than that is that permanent change will only occur when what you are currently doing is more uncomfortable for you than the change is. There is a lot to be said for becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable; you will accomplish more and be more successful in general living your life uncomfortably.

I’ve heard it said that if your goals don’t scare you a little or a lot then they aren’t big enough. To wrap this up, living your life in your comfort zone will yield no positive change, everything will remain the same and then you will continue to have the SAME conversations year after year.

Keep in mind that any progress is better than not doing anything and any lasting positive change is better than striving for perfection.

Please also check out my posts: Do You Have GRIT? and Tips for Enjoying the Holidays. I think you will find these valuable in this conversation as well.

A Few of My Wins in 2018

I’ve created a habit of walking 30-60 minutes 3-5 days a week. Sometimes less, depending on the week, but I really put for the effort to hit 5 days per week.

And I’ve lifted weights more consistently this year than I have in the couple/few years prior, which has been awesome. I love feeling strong. I plan to continue with these habits for the rest of my life. I’m sure there will be ebbs and flows though.

I’ve come to terms with the skin that I’m in. I appreciate my body for what it is and keeping me alive. I let go of expectations around what “I’m supposed to do” when it comes to cooking.

In 2019

I want to up my water consumption. I’ve been slacking on this for a while. And I want to swim at least once a week.