With just a couple more days before the New Year, there’s a lot of talk about making resolutions.
Now I personally think resolutions are great, that’s not what I have an issue with.
Here’s what really frustrates me…
Sure, 2014 is full of promise. It’s a chance to start over or simply start something new.
But as the New Year approaches, we find ourselves making wishes.
We find ourselves begging and pleading…
2014… please be good to me.
And then when 2014 doesn’t turn out to be as good as you’d hoped for, suddenly it’s 2014′s fault. Suddenly you find yourself hoping for 2015…probably sometime around March.
But that’s kind of crazy, because a year is just a year.
What you put into that year… that’s what makes the difference.
You can have a terrible year, or you can have a good year.
Heck, you can have the best year of your life.
But it’s entirely up to you.
You won’t lose those 20 pounds you’re hoping you’ll lose without eating right and exercising.
You won’t land that new job if you’re not working on your resume and sending it out to potential employers.
You won’t make your relationship better if you sit in front of your new PS4 every night.
I don’t know how it happened or why it happened, exactly, but it seems that we’ve come to enjoy playing the role of victim in our everyday lives.
When something bad happens, it’s not our fault.
And when something good happens, it’s only because we got really lucky.
But my question, I guess, is the following: is there any personal accountability anymore?
We’re looking to 2014 as if it’s this magical place of hope and joy…
A place where suddenly we have more money and have better relationships and we’re just overall much happier.
But it’s just a freaking year.
It’s just a number.
After 1 comes 2 and after 2013 comes 2014.
Your 2014 will be what you make of it.
If you put effort into it, chances are, it’ll be a great year for you.
And if you sit back hoping that good things are just going to magically happen to you, then I’m sure you’ll find yourself disappointed.
So use this time wisely.
What I love the most about this time right before the New Year is that it’s an opportunity to reflect on the things that have happened over the past 365 days.
I ask myself a series of questions…
What’s been awesome?
What really sucked?
How can I do better?
What do I need to work on?
What do I want?
But most importantly…
How can I make that happen?
Because at the end of the day, you can make all the wishes you want while eating your grapes on New Years Eve, but if you don’t realize that the success of 2014 is up to YOU, you’ll just be making the same wishes next year.
So make your new year count.
Make it the best one by far.
Make it so good that when 2015 comes along you’re just so damn proud of yourself.
Because you were responsible for it.
Because you put forth the effort.
Because you went after everything you wanted.
And you got it.
Hope your new year is absolutely wonderful and that 2014 brings you the determination to be the very best version of yourself.
Really, there’s nothing better than that. xoxo, Kayla
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