Starting Off Right

2018 is already in full swing, with February right around the corner! So maybe I’m a bit late to the party as far as talking about my goals and resolutions for the year, but I have good reason. I wanted to make sure I was already doing what I set out to do this year. A lot has changed since the last time I updated my blog.

I got married! To the lovely Leyinska Marie Alicea-Rodriguez. She is an amazing woman of God, who is so talented, smart, and beautiful!

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That change has affected me so much. She is supportive and has helped motivate me to re-pursue my dreams that surround my writing (such as my desire to keep writing here, and my goal of writing a book). She makes me want to be a better man.

This year, I have goals that I want to accomplish as I have many years before. Some are the same, yet since I have always failed before, I have made an effort to pursue my goals but not alone.

Reading Finish by Jon Acuff, (which I highly recommend) has also given me some inspiration as to how to change the way I work towards my goals.

These are my goals this year.

  1. Lose 20 Pounds
  2. Read 50 Books
  3. Write My Book

This year I WILL finish my goals! The reason I know this is because there a two things I have learned that will help me get there.

1)  It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect

One thing that I have always struggled with, when trying to accomplish my goals, is that I have often had the mentality that if I failed at my goal in the first few weeks of my pursuit then I would tell myself, “Oh well! Better luck next year!” I would then wait to start over the next year. However, I’ve learned that just because you fail doesn’t mean you have to stop. Jon Acuff calls the “The Day After Perfect.” It doesn’t have to be perfect. WE can fail, and still keep going on to finish our goal. So I’ve told myself that even though I may fall behind, miss a work out, or suddenly have a case of writer’s block; it’s ok! The same goes for you. Just because it’s not perfect doesn’t mean you have to quit.

2) I Don’t Have To Do It Alone

Especially when it comes to exercise, I have always struggled to try and reach my goal. I have tried to finish both the Insanity and P90X exercise programs, and have never gotten past the first week! But this year, I started with a friend, and because I haven’t been alone, it has been more fun and rewarding measuring my progress along side someone else, as well as having someone there to motivate me. Granted as of this moment, we accidentally took a week  or so off, but I refer you to reason one, so know that we will get back on track. Find someone to help you make your goals fun, and who will help push you.

For my Reading goal, I’m inviting you to join me on Instagram (@gabergarcia) by following my hashtag #GabeReads.

My goal of writing, my wife ( I love saying that!) is helping keep me on track. Find the right people who can keep you moving forward.

I know most others have a whole bunch of rules that you need to follow in order to reach your goals, but this here works for me. There is probably more I could say, but this is where I am starting. I hope this helps you in your own pursuit of your goals, and if want to learn more I recommend you read Finish by Jon Acuff (He isn’t endorsing me for this, I just really liked his book!) You can do it! We can do it!

Check out posts like this one: Take Your Best Shot, New Year, New Me? Again?, Wishing Vs Working

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