If you can believe it, we've already reached January 30th. Yes, just 30 short days ago we all experienced the hope, newness, and excitement of the New Year! I, along with pretty much the rest of the Internet, talked about some strategies for setting goals and making this your best year yet!
Now things are getting real. You either had an awesome January that kept you on track, or you fell off the wagon somewhere along the way. As we bring the month to a close, it begs the simple questions: How'd you do?
A year is a long time. 365 days makes it easy for us to lose focus on the six things we're trying to do. Excuses come easily and, well, skipping just one day won't hurt. One day becomes two, two days becomes a week, and soon the task is all but forgotten.
Our calendar doesn't just offer us one big reset every 365 days. It offers us a monthly reset every 30 days or so. It offers us a weekly reset every Sunday. It offers us a daily reset every morning when our feet hit the floor. It offers us an hourly reset when the clock turns over. Time is always slipping away, but it's always presenting new opportunities to start fresh.
Goal setting, self-improvement, spiritual improvement, and any general action that moves you towards a better you isn't about 365 days of perfection. It's about getting out there and winning today. I don't know if I'll be able to run tomorrow, but I can run today. So I do. I don't know if I'll find the time to pray the rosary tomorrow, but I have 15 minutes right now. So I do. I don't know if I'll want to read this book tomorrow, but I can read it right now. So I do.
Time is very fluid, don't build artificial dams. Dust yourself off, reset your mindset, refocus, and do better next month, starting today.