Ah, the first day of a new year. 2012 is behind us…and today marks a new milestone. While I enjoy reflecting on the past year, I’m eager to look at the 2013 calendar and all those blanks waiting for me to fill in. Three-hundred and sixty-five days of potential. Three-hundred and sixty-five days of opportunities.
My family has some big plans for the coming year. My authentic self has a few secret ones as well. Which ones will be a success? What will I learn from the not-so-successful ones? I feel like a kid in a candy store – or more like an adult woman with a purse addiction in a Coach outlet store – when I look at all the possibilities before me. Like Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I dwell in possibility.
How about you? What will 2013 hold for you?
Will you conceive a new dream or plan for your life? Realize a dream you’ve delayed over the years, like going back to school or learning a new language?
Overcome an old fear? Release guilt over a past failure?
Find a new friend? Find an old friend and get reacquainted?
Will you reach toward a new aspiration? Overcome a new challenge?
A wise woman once told me that if you want to do something – really, really want to do something – you won’t make excuses not to. But if you don’t want to do something, you’ll find all kinds of excuses. She’s right. I also believe that you can want something very badly and still find excuses not to go for it because you don’t believe in yourself.
For today, give yourself a gold star for all the incredible things you’ve done with your life up to January 1st, 2013, and set aside a couple extra stars in a special place. Believe in yourself and all those fabulous blank spaces on the calendar. 2013 is your year to do something amazing…and you’re going to need those gold stars this time next year, I guarantee it.
“We turn, not older with years, but newer every day.” ~Emily Dickinson