Well, here we go with another year on the horizon. It’s usually around this time where I, and many others, start to get excited about a clean slate and create a list of 100 things that we are going to accomplish. Did we accomplish those goals in 2015? Well, who knows, because by the middle of January our heads are already spinning and we’ve forgotten what we’ve set out to do.
2015 turned out to be one of the years where I can say I grew a lot. No, 35-year-old guys don’t have growth spurts (did you know that between the ages of 30 and 70 we actually shrink one inch — oye!), but I feel like as a person I’ve grown. From my job, to coaching, to parenting and my marriage, I’m proud of how I’ve not only overcome adversities, but truly believe I’ve become a stronger person from the challenges I’ve faced. That perseverance gives me so much confidence heading into 2016 and I’m excited to see what kind of challenges await me.
The biggest advice I’m going to pass on to others is something I credit most of my progression to in the last year. Do things that are out of your comfort zone. There were so many instances in which I was faced with a decision and instead of choosing the safe way out, I challenged myself to take the uncomfortable road and it’s by far the best character trait I’ve changed within myself. It has led to more opportunities and allowed me to be more of an asset on a daily basis.
Overall, I don’t have much to complain about. My family is healthy, I have a great job, and hey, Mrs. Chacon still appears to be excited to see me more often than not.
Those that know me understand I’m a very goal orientated person. I love to make goals, and it’s important that we always have something to strive for. It can be something on a large scale like finding a new job, or something stupid like watching more movies. Which, by the way, is one of my goals for 2016 (watch more movies). The point is, there has to be something worth waking up for in the morning — on a personal level. Of course nothing beats having your eyes pried open by your kids, or watching them head off to school with the promise of a great day ahead. Or that split second where you share a moment with your spouse that captures all the feelings you had from when you first met. Aside from that, what drives you?
That’s going to be my focus. Everything that I say I don’t have time for, I want to pursue because I’m tired of saying that about everything I don’t accomplish. I want to write more, I want to get back into video editing, I want to start surfing again, I want to tackle projects around the house, walk my dog, roll around on the floor more with the kids and be the fun and outgoing person that I have wrapped up in this body. Eat less junk food, drink less soda, be more confident in everything I do, read more books (let’s start with one book), and yes, watch more movies and play more than just sports video games (this is considered a low scale goal).
So why does the new year bring hope that I can take care of all this on a regular basis? Well, the best analogy I can give is the start of a new baseball season. Every team starts with a clean slate of zero wins and zeros losses, and they all have to play 162 games. Most teams will lose as much as they win, but they learn so much about themselves during the course of the season. The calendar year is our season, and we won’t accomplish everything we set out to do, but we will continue to learn so much more about ourselves and see more pieces come together in this great thing called life.
I intend to write so much more in 2016, but just in case you don’t hear from me, just assume that I’m out riding waves, editing videos, running on the beach, reading books, and watching Star Wars (I’ve never seen any of them!).
May the new year bring you good health, positive energy, love, and the motivation to accomplish the goals you’ve been putting off in years past.