The 1 Factor All New Year’s Resolutions Depend On

Honestly, 2017 was a good year for me.

I traveled to Lisbon, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Puerta Vallarta.

My girlfriend visited the U.S. for the first time and met my family — a huge step considering we live 4,200+ miles apart.

I found my passion, writing, and for the past 4 months have been interning at Digital Press — an opportunity thousands people are literally lining up for.

I’ve found a mentor, Nicolas Cole, who has been monumental in influencing my development as a writer.

My family is happy and healthy, and my friends are too.

Looking back, 2017 was good to me.

But there is a lot I plan to do differently 2018. And it starts today.

(No, this is not a hollow New Year’s resolution that will last for a week and inevitably taper off.)

Here are just a few of the things I missed the mark on this past year:

  • I had a 3.0 GPA. My goal was a 3.5.
  • I said I’d write every day. I didn’t. Not even close.
  • I didn’t eat as healthy as I wanted to.
  • I didn’t put on 10 lbs of muscle.
  • I networked, sure, but I had a hard time following through with some people I wanted to stay in touch with. (I wonder where those opportunities would have led me.)
  • I didn’t pick up yoga. Or meditation.
  • I didn’t read enough.

The funny thing is, no matter how different each of these missed opportunities are from one another, there is a common theme between them all:

Every thing I didn’t accomplish, that I missed the mark on, that I didn’t follow through on, came down to one thing:

Choices.

  • I had the Choice to study harder. I Chose to go to sleep.
  • I had the Choice to write every day. I Chose to give myself a break.
  • I had the Choice to eat fruit. I Chose to eat fries.
  • I had the Choice to work out harder. I Chose to end my workouts early.
  • I had the Choice to follow up on with people. I Chose to let the opportunities slip away.
  • I had the Choice to meditate. I Chose to play Xbox.
  • I had the Choice to read more. I Chose to watch T.V.

In retrospect, choosing to take “easy street” brought me short-term satisfaction, but long-term regret.

What I — and plenty of others — am too embarrassed to admit, however, is the simple truth that:

There is no one to blame but myself.

Yet, I wouldn’t change anything about 2017.

Why?

Because regardless of everything I did — good and bad — I learned.

I learned that writing every day has nothing to do with ability and everything to do with discipline.

Same goes for studying.

And meditating.

And eating healthy, reading, and everything else.

Today is the first day of the new year. And like everyone else, I have a long list of things I want to accomplish in 2018.

The difference between last year and this year is the realization that I can and will accomplish all of my goals…

If I choose to.


Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to take control of 2018.

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