52 Weeks — 52 New Year’s Resolutions

My laptop wallpaper — it’s my way of reminding myself that it’s going to be a long journey, but rewarding in the end.

What?? 52?? I guess that makes up for the New Year’s Resolutions I have never made, eh? Well, I always felt pretty comfortable and happy with my life and didn’t really think it was necessary for me to say “hey Lee, stop doing ____ “ or “hey Lee, start doing _____” (plus, I thought the whole New Year Resolution thing was a little too cliche). BUT, then I realized that being comfortable with your life means you’re not challenging yourself. We should be forcing ourselves to go out of our comfort zones and we should be challenging and pushing ourselves a hell of a lot more often. This is when I got my random idea. Since 2016 is going to be a huge year for me (in the works of launching my first business…), I’m going to make self-improvement the main focus. EVERY single week, I will set out a challenge for myself. If I do not complete a challenge, then I fail. I will not participate in anymore challenges and my New Year’s Resolution will remain incomplete and a failure. But knowing how competitive I am, and knowing that I don’t have a way to exert my competitiveness anymore (beer league hockey doesn’t really count), I’m sure I’ll stay on track.

Squad with me?

So…the challenges. Every Sunday, I will write a blog post about my upcoming weekly challenge and summarize the previous week’s challenge. Oh…and yeah I guess blogging every week will be another New Year’s Resolution (won’t count it as a weekly one though, I don’t cheat). You may not understand some of my challenges and that’s OK, I don’t care if you do or not. What I do care about is that you challenge yourself. I don’t care if you use my challenges or if you create your own but do this with me and I guarantee you that this will be a huge year for you too. Some examples of challenges that I have in mind are: initiate X number of conversations with strangers, take a homeless person out for lunch, read a book in one week, reach out to X number of old friends, volunteer somewhere, no social media/news headlines, etc.

Gains, bro

What do I want to gain out of all this? Not only do I want to become a better person, but I want to become smarter and healthier. Putting myself in random situations and challenges throughout the year will keep me on my toes and well, since I’m blogging about it, all 2 or 3 of you who read this can hold me accountable. And when I say healthier, it doesn’t just mean eating right and exercising regularly, but keeping my brain healthy. When people are in the right state of mind, they can achieve anything they want.

Challenge me, I dare you

Feel free to comment what types of challenges you would like to see or challenges that you’re doing. I do have to come up with 52 so a little help…is encouraged. I always do enjoy a good challenge.

“You can feel sore tomorrow, or you can feel sorry tomorrow. You choose.”

- Unknown