I’m great at beginnings. I love them. Starting a project, a challenge, a journey, a workout plan, a move, a job, a blog, a new year … is energizing. The newness is almost tangible. It’s filled with hope, promise, and enthusiasm. It’s fun to ride the wave of a fresh start.
In fact, I would be pretty close to a perfect person if every day was January 1. I would be the embodiment of New Year’s Resolutions in action – healthy, productive, creative, and motivated.
Unfortunately, every day is not January 1 and beginnings turn into middles. The excitement fades. The new running shoes become just shoes. The new job turns routine. The new house is just the source of a massive to-do list. Things like will-power, commitment, and determination have to replace the momentum of newness.
I was optimistically going to resolve that in 2011 I would face each day with enthusiasm and energy – to face each day as a beginning. My kids do it. They wake up excited every day. David, for example, always has something (or several somethings) that he’s excited about. (Right now he’s instantly energized whenever he discusses his newfound love of classic Godzilla movies.) Wouldn’t it be wonderful to face each day like a child?
Sadly, my adult mind knows that wishing I could face each day like a child is the same as wishing I had my son’s eight-year old metabolism. So, my slightly revised resolution is to tackle my family, professional, and fitness goals with enthusiasm and energy. However, on the day that the enthusiasm fades, I plan to just keep going!
“Keep going.” So simple but so challenging!
In her blog, Transplanted Thoughts, Amy (good name!) considered the one word that would summarize her 2010. I won’t give away her word but you should definitely check it out! My 2010 word would be beginnings. 2010 was a year of fresh starts for me – it was a good year.
And my word for 2011? Perseverance. Because the excitement may be in the beginnings but the true accomplishments are achieved in the long haul!
(David, by the way, prefers to watch Godzilla in Japanese with subtitles. Who is this child? And can reading subtitles count for his homework reading time?)