Retaining The Edge – January 2018

Retaining The Edge – January 2018

2018 is going to be an amazing year. In fact, it is going to be my best year ever!

How do I know this? Because I have conditioned my mind through the messages I have been repeating to myself that the only thing left for me to do now is go and make it so. I absolutely know that this year will be my best yet.

Here’s a quick look at just some of the things I have mentally prepared for myself for today and the next 364 days.

I have already reviewed last year and have decided on the things that I am going to change, stop, start, or continue this year.  I spent some time over the holiday break to identify the behaviors and activities that helped shape me into who I am today and I have selected those I liked most and will continue to repeat them again this year.

I recognized that its impossible for me to change others, I can only change myself. I will stop the activities (and personal relationships) that are not working for me or simply do not add value to my life. I took a detailed and honest look back at the last few years and pondered over the good and the not so good parts.

I then acknowledged all of my growth, my experiences and accomplishments, and the personal, spiritual and professional areas of my life.

I wrote a short list of things I felt I needed clarity on to help me chart 2018 (not in any order of particular importance).

  • Health
  • Family/Friend Relationships
  • Personal Growth
  • Creativity
  • Business Relationships
  • Recreation
  • Fiances
  • Personal Goals

In 2018 I will be looking more to celebrate everyday accomplishments, not just for myself, but for everyone around me. I will be mindful of the risks I take and those that I will inevitably be proud of.  This year I am going to challenge the full power of my imagination so that the year will be exactly as I want it to be. I’m not leaving anything to chance – every day will be a great day because I will insist it be so.

I have spent the last few days practicing and found that if I ask the right questions, I can create the right answers. By channeling my vision into smaller pieces and by compacting my desires into specific and measurable goals, I have found a way to gain clarity and focus on goal setting.

I identified that when I ask my questions in simple terms, I have a better control over the answer. When I write out goals and read them out aloud I am using all my senses as well as my unconscious mind, and this brings forth a more timely realization.
I encourage you to consider all the areas of your life and then ponder what in 2018 would make you happier in every aspect of your life?  Write your questions down and read them out aloud – I think you’ll find that you’ll gain a clearer vision.  What will you strive to achieve? Who will you help to gain the confidence and support they seek? What have you decided this year be about for you?

Give this year something it will remember forever about you. I know that when the year 2025 looks back at 2018, it will nod its head and smile from ear-to-ear as it remembers all the things I accomplished and achieved!

Set yourself up for success this year, and make it your best year ever.


What I’m Enjoying:

It’s been forty-five years at least since I spent some time crafting something from wood. As a kid I loved the school carpentry classes and the projects we were given. In fact, carpentry was the only class I had a decent grade in!

Looking back, I’m sure if they had the labels then as they do today I would have been given the ADHD label. My concentration on any single subject wasn’t that good, but in carpentry class I was laser focused.

This past month my wife suggested we replace the old side-yard gate and buy something more suited to the house. After shopping for hardwood gates, I decided I’d make my own. I purchased some Atlas Cedar from the local lumber yard and to my families surprise, dad really did know this stuff! If you want to see what I made, send me an email and I’ll forward a picture.

Quote I Penned:
If you can, you should. Go do“. – Alex Wilson

Book I’m Reading:
With all the holiday cheer and visits with friends and recreational activities, I didn’t have a book in hand all month. I’ve just picked up Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, so I’ll let you know my thoughts next month.

I hope you’re enjoying “Retaining The Edge” and that you’ll share with me some of the things you find helpful when you face challenges and disappointments.

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Thanks for reading!

Make every day a terrific day.