Monday, December 31, 2012

Where did 2012 go?

As this new year gets closer I have been thinking about what I want 2013 to be like.  I got Dan Miller's newsletter in my inbox and what he had to say had an impact on me and I wanted to share it with all of you. 

Welcome from Dan

We know many people struggle with discouragement in this week between Christmas and the New Year.  Broken resolutions, failed goals, strained relationships and financial shortfalls can make it hard to be optimistic.  But there’s also something magical and fresh about starting a New Year.  So let’s draw that line in the sand and decide now what we want 2013 to look like.  Often an unreached goal still moves us to higher levels of success.  If you wanted to increase your income from $50,000 to $75,000 but finished the year at $68,000 – celebrate that success.  You didn’t “fail,” you made a 36% increase.  If you wanted to lose 20lbs and only lost 15, celebrate that accomplishment.

The definition of “success” is “The progressive realization of worthwhile goals.”  Thus, as soon as you start moving in that direction you are already “successful.”  And be reminded, success is not a destination; it is a direction.  You can experience success today!  
~Dan Miller

It is so important to remember to set goals rather than resolutions. Any progress towards a goal is a step in the right direction and should make you happy. Celebrate all of your small accomplishments and look towards the next step. 
Make this the best year ever!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas 2012

This week I was thinking about how great it was to have days off around Christmas this year. I had almost the entire week off. We got to go as a family and celebrate the Christmas with my parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews. Christmas of my past I have had to work on Christmas eve and then again the day after Christmas. I am grateful that I was able to be off work on Christmas day, as so many others aren't. I hope all of you had a safe and enjoyable Christmas.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge Goal

So at the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 24 books this year. For some of you that might not seem like that big of a goal. For me it seemed like a goal that I would be able to accomplish. Well life happened and it was looking like I wouldn't reach my goal. My loving wife suggested that I read some small books to get caught up and be able to meet my goal. After all a book is a book, and I didn't say how big the books had to be. I started listing the books that I read to my kids at bedtime. Is that cheating? After all it is a book, and I did read it. As of today I need to read 2 more books to reach my goal of 24 books read this year. With my new tactic I'm pretty sure I'm make it. Maybe next year I'll set a goal of 200 books and log all the books that I read to my kids. What do you think?

See my 2012 reading challenge works out. 

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Chad has read 22 books toward his goal of 24 books.