I know, we are not even past Christmas yet, but I am already thinking about what I want my new year to look like. What do I want to accomplish? Where do I want to go? What changes do I want to make? As I sat down and let my mind wander, I started thinking about the goals I set for myself back in 2013 for this year. Did I reach them? If not, why not? As I thought more and more about it, I came to the realization that many of the goals that I did not reach, I did not reach them because I was waiting. I was waiting for the right moment. You see, I
am was a firm believer that all things will happen when they are supposed to and that we shouldn’t rush into anything. However, the more I think about it, the more I feel that I have been mislead because time is never on our side, the moment will never be perfect and things will only happen if we decide to go out and make them happen.
One of the goals that I didn’t stretch my arm out far enough for in 2014 was my goal to travel. Sure, I did improve upon my travel in 2014, but I didn’t take that big leap that I wanted to take. The desire was there, the dream was vivid, but I was just waiting for the right opportunity, the right moment. Sure, if I sit and write out my excuses, there is more to the story than just waiting for the right moment or opportunity to present itself. I was also waiting for the money to be there, my spouse to jump on board with my dreams, my kids to have an opportunity away from school, work to slow down and my fears and concerns to fade. I waited. . and nothing. There was no spark moment of “ah hah! This is it!” and at the end of the year I am no closer to my goals than I was at the beginning because I never took that first step.
Looking back, I wish that I had just taken a giant leap, gone for it and given it all I had. I wish that I had done more. I wish that I hadn’t waited for the moment to be right and all of the stars in line before I tried. Because in all reality, none of that would have helped me. Just because the time is right doesn’t mean that my dreams or goals will present themselves to me without my own hard work and effort to make them happen. Goals are something that have to be labored for. You have to reach out your hands and grab them, not just sit patiently for them to fall into your lap.
So as I look out into 2015 I am gearing myself up for this to be a year of work. It is going to be a year when I strive for my goals and not wait patiently for them to come to me. It is going to be a year of decision making. A year when I make up my own mind about what I want. It is going to be a year of change. A year of growth. I am not saying that I will make all of my dreams come true this year, because that it just setting myself up for failure. What I am saying is that this year I am going to only make one single goal and that goal is to no longer wait patiently for life to come to me.