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    It’s a new year- a new canvas of life!

    I looked over my old goals that I posted online last year and noticed some growth in them.  I journeyed towards a few of them, and flat out missed others. I took more pictures last year, and submitted some writing pieces to various outlets.  Unfortunately, the latter goal has not been completely realized, I hope to have success this year in the writing endeavor.  Overall, 2012 was an eventful year.

    As I was thinking back on the year, something I read came to mind when I realized I didn’t publish a writing piece.  Stephen Covey in his classic work Seven Habits of Highly Effective People informed his readers that they need to begin with the end in mind.  Visualizing a goal goes a long way in the pursuit of it.  For example, if I want to run a half-marathon, I should work with the goal in mind, not constantly criticizing myself for being slow.  Or as St Paul would write, run the race with the prize in mind.  If I don’t hit the mark, then I am that much closer to hitting it again next time around.  [Hopefully] a little wiser and more disciplined this time around, 2013 will be the year!

    Setting resolutions and goals are important because that’s how you accomplish dreams.  That’s why I like setting deadlines for my dreams, because they then shift into the realm of possibility.  After all, a goal is a dream with a clear timeline attached to it.  So without further pontificating, my public goals for the year:

    • Learn how to play guitar
    • Hike frequently in the great outdoors
    • Run a 1/2 Marathon
    • Publish a writing piece


     What is your goal for the upcoming year?