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What will your new year bring?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

What a great question: What will the a new year bring?

If you're waiting for me to answer, I apologize, I don't have one yet. Like you, I'm waiting with great anticipation and hope for the start of 2011.

That's half the fun isn't it? Creating resolutions, wondering in your mind how many your actually going to accomplish - if any, then getting ready to set a new agenda as 2011 winds down and the clock readies to strike 2012 next year at this time?

I'm one of those people who needs a new year to transition. If I'm going to start something, it needs to be a complete start. If I'm beginning a new workout plan, I have to do it on a Monday. If I'm starting a new reading habit I have to do it on a Monday. New dietary focus, starts on a Monday. Don't know why that is exactly. Probably has something to do with my organized and scheduled nature. But it works for me.

So as 2011 approaches I'm already busy looking at the self-improvement projects I will be taking on in the coming months, starting with a new plan on Jan. 1.

Rather than go through a whole list of efforts, some a bit grander in scale than others, suffice it to say that I will be using 2011 to better myself a little bit in every key area of my life.

It will be my goal to drop 100 pounds between Jan. 1, 2011 and Jan. 1, 2012. Might seem a bit lofty to some, but really its about two pounds a week which with a few changes in the diet scheme and regular workouts is accomplishable.

If that can happen, everything else should fall in place because if someone can get their health under control, many other aspects of life become much easier to handle.

I will continue to read not just for the sake of reading a good book, but rather to better myself mentally. I wish to be a better leader, a better communicator, a better father, a better friend and a better citizen to Spencer. But much like an out-of-shape body, an out-of-shape mind struggles to live up to expectations. As I work modify my food intake - that's not to say I'm never going to fudge by the way, and I work to rebuild my body, I will also be looking to exercise my mind. That big computer occupying the space between our ears is a product of what we put into it, so I'm going to be a bit more careful about what it's ingesting.

If I can get my mind and body right in 2011, and it's not going to be an overnight process, but instead a year-long, dedicated effort, then I think heading into 2012, I'll be able to step up my game a bit more.

A little personal improvement every day. Isn't that what we tell the kids we coach? Just get a little better each practice, each game, each season. Not major leaps, but small steps forward. So I'm going to take some of that coaching wisdom I've applied over the years to young athletes and discipline myself to lead by example.

I know 2010 has been a disappointment to a lot of people. Jobs lost. Costs up. Gas is creeping back up to $3 a gallon and headed to $5 if you listen to some experts. I say goodbye to 2010, it will soon be a memory, and I encourage you to do the same. Shift your focus to the future, don't look back, and anticipate great things in the coming year for you and yours.

I wish a very blessed and exciting new year to all of our reader and their loved ones. A year filled with happiness and life in abundance. May 2011 be your year in every sense of the phrase, but remember, it's not just going to happen to you, you've got to step up and make your own success.

Randy Cauthron
One Man's Perspective