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  • Jered Stewart

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! As we launch into a brand-new year I wish all residents, families, and friends a joyous and prosperous new year. The malls will be empty now, but the gyms will be packed, at least for the next few weeks. I know we’ll all be motivated to get out there and lose those 10 or 20 “holiday” pounds. Last year I set a goal to lose 15 pounds, and the good news is that I made some progress. I now only have 25 more to go and I’ll reach my goal! 😊

By now I think we all know that there is no special magic occurring when we’ve completed another trip around the sun. There is no New Year trigger that suddenly spurs new motivation and gives extra super powers to do new and great things that we haven’t been doing all along.

Unfortunately, true change usually comes about through those age-old proven values like discipline, commitment, and dedication. We need motivation. But what truly motivates? Sometimes we need the proverbially “kick in the butt.” That might be a health scare, an injury, a loss of job, or some other negative consequence that motivates and requires action. Sometimes that kick can be helpful, but painful. “You mean I can’t eat that anymore?! Sheesh! How can I can survive without potato chips!”

When I was younger I remember most of my sports coaches reminding the team, “There are no excuses, just get it done!” This was motivation, often delivered in a loud voice and with authority. But that’s what I was taught – no excuses. Don’t blame others. Take responsibility. Dedicate yourself. Be disciplined. Don’t wait. You want results? Put in the work!

If you are thinking of making any changes in 2019, I would suggest that you start small. Do you want to run a 5k race? (no thanks!) If so, start with walking. Do you want to lose 10 pounds? Start with writing down everything you eat during the day. Do you want to make more friends? Consider being friendlier to others. Do you want to save money? First figure out where you’re spending it now. If you want real change, make a plan.

For the year to come I urge you to take action. Start small but do something. Don’t wait, and don’t make excuses. If you need help, ask. But don’t wait too long or that kick you need (but don’t want) might just find you. Happy New Year, I’m headed to the gym…

“We become what we repeatedly do.” - Sean Covey

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