Looking back on 2017, there were many successes and many failures, and we tend to learn most from our failures. Growing up with a family of teachers, I happen to know a thing or two about learning. One of the best ways for me to reflect on this past year was to review these 28 self-analysis questions from one of my my favorite books "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. It will take about 30 minutes to complete, but I highly recommend buying a journal, writing these down, and growing from it!
Personally, I plan to make 2018 my biggest year yet! Most of it will be spent setting up a bigger and better life in 2019, so I can't wait for you to be a part of it. Your goals for 2018 should terrify and excite you at the same time; if your goals for 2018 do not make you tremble on the inside from the vision of how much it will change your life, then they are not the right goals for you. You should expect outsiders to think that you have gone off of the deep end when they see what you're doing next year. Luckily, I firmly believe that those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind (shout-out to Dr. Seuss). If you think that living a life of safety and mediocrity is what you were designed to accomplish, then you are dead wrong. I'm here to tell you that you only have ONE life to live and you must live it with a sense of urgency so that not a minute is wasted.
Recently, I started asking myself "why?" for everything that I do. Why do I wake up and go to work everyday? Why do I spend time binging Netflix instead of trying to make the world around me a better place? Why do I care so much what others think? Why did I start Renner's High again? These questions matter, because your answers to them will begin to guide and direct your path in life. Write down a list of actions that you perform everyday, and ask yourself why you do them. Are the answers to each question moving you towards your goals or are they holding you back from experiencing the fullness of this life?
I want to throw one more idea at you: when you are sitting down and writing out your goals, make an executive decision to remove all barriers and negativity. It is imperative that you DREAM BIG to realize where your potential lies. If you are not writing down your goals because you don't have enough money, time, or resources, then you will never allow yourself to believe that it is possible. You must be able to fully believe and envision yourself attaining your goals. This is the law of success in a nutshell, and you cannot live your life without experiencing it.
Pro-Tip: watch this video for more 2018 motivation