Looking Ahead at 2017

I love the start of a new year for a lot of reasons. I love the idea of a fresh start, an opportunity for a “do-over”, to make changes for the better. In reality, we don’t have to wait for January 1 to start over or to try to do better; every minute of ever day is a chance to change, in my opinion.

But a brand new year feels special somehow.

In years past I’ve made myself a laundry list of things I wanted to do in the upcoming year. Read “X” number of books. Run “X” amount of kilometers. Lose weight. Declutter. On and on. I would always start out the year with great intentions, and then usually by around March or so, it had all fallen by the wayside. It’s tough to keep up that kind of momentum, particularly when my lists were long and varied.

For 2017 I’ve decided to take a bit of a new approach. Instead of making specific goals for myself for the coming year, I’ve decided to broaden my scope. For this year, my one and only aim is to do better.

Do better – in whatever I tackle. Try harder. Make a greater effort. Push myself just a little bit more – when it comes to parenting, my job, my friendship, my marriage, my fitness goals. Nothing specific, just better. My ultimate goal in life is to keep growing and changing, and so if I focus for this next year on simply doing better, then I feel like just maybe I’m setting myself up for success, rather than failure. There are any number of ways that I can be better and do better in all aspects of my life. I’m excited for this.

Do better. It’s something we can all work toward, don’t you think?