Every time Jan 1 rolls around, we do the same things:
Perhaps around the dinner table or on social media, that third one gets shared far and wide. We tell the world of our grand schemes for accomplishing something incredible the next year, and are met with oohs and ahhs from those around us.
THIS will be the year to lose 10 pounds.
THIS will be the year to run a marathon.
THIS will be the year to break the world record for hot dog eating. (anyone?)
Regardless, we tell others our goals because we think that’s the best way to make them happen. We think that promises to ourselves are not enough –– me must include others.
But is that really true?
It’s December. Which means that amidst the glare of garland, bright lights, and incessant cheer / holiday drama, is the moment to review the past year.
Perhaps 2016 more than in others in the recent past, is closing with evidence of its struggle –– bruises, wounds, and fresh scars. Pain.
It can be easy to spend time placing the blame on whomever you think made 2016 such a raging dumpster fire.
I say, fuck that. Here’s a better idea.
This time of year, instead of pointing fingers at those around you, go inward. Use this moment to make yourself accountable for your role in 2016, and begin planning your part in 2017. We all deserve a share of the mess.
Let's change the world.
Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.