After a successful and accomplished 2014, I took some time to look back only to realize that my soul-searching and planning for the year really paid off. Unlike most who make New Year Resolutions only to break them, I think finding guiding words would be more helpful for guiding my life.
In the post “One, Two, Three – Words of 2014“, I explained that I was not going to have New Year Resolutions/Goals, but instead put 3 words into place and help guide my life through the year.
Those words were Fair, Ownership, and Open…
In 2014, I tried to have the mindset of:
Being fair to others as well as myself, by not promising too much (of them or myself). This has always been hard for me, as I do not like to say “no” for anything.
Ownership for doing things, good or bad, and go from there.
Open to the world, others, myself.
In 2015, I am challenging myself once again.
Believe… Passion… Expand…
I want to start listening to my gut more.
There was a long time when the lack of belief in myself was a major reason in my life.
I didn’t pursue an ideal career or push my business, because I didn’t think I could. I didn’t stick to habits because I didn’t really believe I had the discipline. I had a hard time making new friends, I didn’t assert myself in the workplace. I didn’t push past my comfort zone. All because I didn’t really believe I could. These days that feeling has started to change within my soul.
So I plan to work on:
- Pushing past discomfort, and understand failing is not always a bad thing.
- Putting myself out there, and be OK with not knowing if people will accept me or not.
- Learn to trust myself.
There are very few things I am truly passionate about. I like things/topics (i.e., sports, food, video games, lounge singing), but when I use the word passion, it’s not used lightly. Since about 1994, I’ve been drawn to the workings of websites. It wasn’t until 1998-2000 when I realized people did this as a job, and got paid to make websites. I started working at a local company and my supervisor, Oscar Monahan (not the character from CSI:Miami) recommended that I use some of my creativity to also work with graphics software. Since then, I have done one of my passions as a “job” and feel completely lucky to do so.This year, I am going to pursue and grow my passions to try to go outside of my comfort zone.
- I want to do more in nature
- I want to build on my digital skills
- I want to be a better dad
No, I am not talking about my waist line here… For way too long, I’ve let my fear of the unknown hold me back. As part of my other words this year, I need to believe in myself a little more and expand on what my passion has been for years. Going into the unknown and expanding what can then become known. There was a quote a heard years ago that went something like Start Wide, Expand, and never regret. This is so true. Most people are more likely to look back to the past and think I wish I would have done X. This year, I plan to expand my knowledge on a few topics and soul. Heck, I’ve already expanded my family size so might as well continue.