Are you putting a lot of pressure on yourself to have all of your “ducks in a row” because we’ve started a new year? Boy I hope so, ‘cause if you’re not, I’m about to publish a letter to myself!


Wow, that wasn’t very nice. I just expressed a hope that you’re putting yourself under undue pressure. Some friend I am. I’ll work on that. (Note to self; add “Be a better friend” to your list of ducks to get in a row!)


Now back to those ducks…


I love the new year. Somehow, out of nowhere, I’m usually blessed with a new sense of energy, excitement, and optimism. Things I’ve gotten lazy about through the year suddenly seem important again, and a fresh dose of optimism makes them seem doable.


I’m a little bit irritated with myself because here we are on January 2nd and I’m not ready! I still have things to do from last year, like organize my desk, and finish writing a book I had hoped to be giving away by now. And don’t even talk to me about the bathroom floor! (The toilet still works, so we’re good.)


Anyone tracking with me?


Here’s what I’m figuring out.


I need to change my focus.


I need to look at this just like any other day. I need to look at this day and decide what needs to be done (and what doesn’t).  And then do it (or don’t).  I don’t need all my ducks in a row. I just need to start swimming, the ducks will align as we go.


So what if I don’t have a handy little chart all printed out to show me what day I’m going to clean that bathroom floor and what day I’ll pay the bills? And if I don’t have my insane list of “goals” (because no one will call them resolutions anymore) all beautifully displayed on a vision board, does that mean I won’t accomplish anything? I’m pretty sure not.


But I am pretty sure that if I keep going through my day feeling like a failure because “It’s already January second, for cryin’ out loud!” I’m not in a very successful frame of mind. And we all know, success has more to do with your attitude than anything else.


So, if you’re also a little irritated with yourself because you’re still in 2012, what I want to share with you is this.  We get a new year every day! Stop putting so much weight on one little day. Be proactive, do your best, pile one small success on top of the other, one day at a time. You’ll get it done!

to your success,



p.s. I feel like I have to explain that I do understand and support the value of a written, specific goal. I want you to write your goals. I just don’t want you be defeated before you begin!


p.s.s. I’m working on a new book that will help you choose the right goal for you and get it done. Let me know in the comments if this sounds like something you’d like to read. It will be free, but I’ll only finish it if I see that you want it.


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