It’s my first post of 2014. I can’t believe we are a week into the year already. Let me wish you a belated happy New Year!
Now that we got that out the way, let me tell you to go take a flying leap!
Don’t take that the wrong way, I’m not telling you off; I’m offering inspiration.
Clean the slate
2013 wasn’t the best year for me (although it definitely had some good highlights). Just a few low moments included:
- Breaking my nose
- Ending my 10-year marriage
- Having to dramatically cut my business to part-time and get a 9-to-5 job
- Putting on a bunch of the weight I had previously took off (and kept off for several years)
I highlighted other not-so-great moments and some positive outlooks in my Not another thankful post, if you were curious.
Needless to say, I was ready to move on from 2013 and wanted to embrace 2014. I felt as though I was digging myself out of hole and needed to just give myself a new starting point.
I saw 2014 as that new starting point.
A little less talk and a lot more action
In my last post of 2013, I discussed setting goals instead of making resolutions. A couple of years ago, Heather outlined the same strategy, but got more in depth with how to apply this to your content marketing goals.
So once you set your goals, how do you flip the switch? Is having the goal enough to change your behaviors? Not always.
Sometimes you need to conquer your fears in order to make the next move.
Make it dramatic, if you have to
Some people can just make a decision then take action. Other people need to be guided through the process (read: dragged into change). And still other people just need something to spark the change.
I like that spark – even if it is symbolic.
Several years ago, when my life needed a shakeup, I jumped out of an airplane. That year, I quit a job that I hated and started my freelance copywriting business. It was freeing and wonderful. Jumping out of the plane was the symbolic change I needed.
To kick off 2014, I jumped into the ocean (dove in head first) on New Year’s Day. It was my way to wash off all that I didn’t want from 2013, so I could start 2014 clean.
Things didn’t magically change with diving in that ocean, but I had the spark I needed. In less than a week from jumping in the ocean, I ran a 5k (I haven’t been running in months!) and I joined a gym (with a gym partner to keep me motivated).
Where’s your spark?
What’s it going to take to get you moving? What can you do that will get you motivated and excited to take that first crucial step? Whatever it is – whether it is symbolic or a concrete step (like renting an office space) – go for it.
Make 2014 your year to shine! Happy New Year!